While the rumors were swirling throughout the day on Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns among the rest of the NFL teams stayed silent at the NFL Trade Deadline.
Cleveland had conversations with the Washington Redskins over the last several weeks for left tackle Trent Williams but no deal materialized and Williams ended his holdout once the deadline passed to re-join Washington.
According to reports, Washington was asking for a first-round pick but also for cornerback Denzel Ward in exchange for Williams, who hasn’t played or practiced with the Redskins since last season and reportedly won’t be suiting up for them anytime soon.
General manager John Dorsey has been known to be aggressive and has an itchy trigger finger to make deals but he stood his ground on not giving up that first-round pick, which currently sits 8th in the 2020 draft order. NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright told podcaster Paul Brown that Cleveland offered a second-round pick for Williams.
Players like Rashard Higgins, TJ Carrie and Terrance Mitchell were linked in trade rumors but all remained on the roster.
The Browns did make two trades prior to the deadline as Dorsey moved on from two of his draft picks when he shipped Austin Corbett to the Los Angeles Rams and Genard Avery to the Philadelphia Eagles while adding two 2021 draft picks.
It was surprising that Cleveland didn’t add an offensive lineman with a clear need at left tackle and options being available like Williams, Nate Solder and Halapoulivaati Vaitai all being linked to the Browns. None of them were worth what their teams were likely asking for though so kudos to Dorsey for not overpaying.
Greg Robinson nor Justin McCray aren’t the long-term solutions at the position and it will be the top priority for Dorsey to find that solution this coming offseason whether it’s in a trade, free agency or the draft with a deep projected class of offensive tackles.
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