The deal could still fall through, as we saw previous year, but a wide receiver corps of Landry, Gordon, and Coleman is a nice start. While he is not the long-term answer for the Browns, they are no longer desperate for the quarterback position. Were the Bills smart to move Taylor?
The Browns also could use a defensive end, where former Williams pupil William Hayes is a familiar face, and a blocking tight end.
The simple answer is yes. Taylor never had an arsenal like this in Buffalo so imagine what he will do with actual weapons?
Only time will tell how else the team upgrades their team. This leaves Nathan Peterman as the lone quarterback on the team’s roster.
First, Cleveland acquired wide receiver Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins for the relatively cheap price of two mid-round draft picks: one this year and one in 2019. It would nearly certainly involve both of their first-round picks and a mixture of the four second and third-round picks the Bills would have remaining. They gave up a third-, fourth- and seventh-round pick to get Taylor and Landry, plus almost $32 million in salary cap commitments, but they still have plenty of capital in both departments. The “legal tampering” period starts at noon Monday and the league year begins at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. Getting anything in return for Taylor before his bonus is due, let alone a third-round pick, is a major win for Beane and company.
-Nick Foles hears numerous swirling offseason trade rumors, but the Super Bowl LII Most Valuable Player prefers not to talk about them.
Then there’s the draft, where the Browns own the first and fourth overall picks this year.
That would force the Giants to pick a quarterback, offensive lineman Quenton Nelson, defensive lineman Bradley Chubb or trade down.
If Mike Maccagnan was hoping to start free agency with a financial leg up on all other bidders, yesterday was a good day for the GM. The front office will be able to address many of these needs via the draft, so it’ll be intriguing to see how they prioritize their spending on the free agent market. They also have three second-rounders, giving them five of the first 64 selections.
They could sign a veteran to be their starter in the meantime.
While Cleveland added some big money to their roster in the deals, they still are second in the National Football League in cap space at $77 million according to Spotrac. Teams selecting near the top of the draft know this, and they’ll charge Buffalo accordingly.
Cleveland will pair Landry with wide receiver Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman to form potentially one of the best trios in the NFL.