According to Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland, the “odds are better than 50-50” that the Browns will trade for a receiver at some point.
Grossi lists a number of reasons why this would make a great deal of sense for the Browns including:
- Josh Gordon‘s suspension
- Nate Burleson re-fractured his arm
- Miles Austin has obvious injury concerns
- Charles Johnson has not yet been cleared to practice
- Greg Little was waived
- Browns GM Ray Farmer didn’t rule out the idea
Grossi specifically mentions Texans WR Andre Johnson and Raiders WR Denarius Moore as two players who are believed to be available via trade.
However, all indications and reports out of Houston are that Johnson is not available and they expect to have him back this season.
Other players could surface as potential trade candidates as the regular season draws closer, but there is no question that the Browns offense would benefit from some additional help at receiver.
It would also make sense to see what’s available now given that they would have the entire summer to get a player up to speed and prepared for the 2014 season, rather than acquiring him in October and expecting him to pick up the offense in a week.
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They also need depth. They should be able to pick up whoever the Bills or the Colts will have to cut. The Colts may end up cutting Brazil and Whalen…. very solid depth guys! Brazil is a good deep threat and Whalen is a good route runner out of the slot. I wish the colts would keep 6 WRs on the roster, these guys have good potential. The Bills will have to cut Hogan or Graham.