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3 Browns Who Should Already Be on the Trade Block Ahead of the Deadline

Larry Rupp
Three Cleveland Browns who should already be on the trade block ahead of the NFL deadline.
Three Cleveland Browns who should already be on the trade block ahead of the NFL deadline. / AP Photos/Ron Schwane
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The 2022 NFL season has been full of ups and downs for the Cleveland Browns. Starting the year with a 2-1 record put them in a good position in the AFC North, but a three-game losing streak has them searching for answers now. It makes the upcoming trade deadline an interesting opportunity.

With that being said, here's a look at three Browns who should already be on the trade block.

Cleveland Browns Trade Rumors

1. D'Ernest Johnson, RB

Running backs are going down left and right in the NFL this season. Players like Javonte Williams, Jonathan Taylor and D'Andre Swift have all missed action so far. It makes a player like D'Ernest Johnson that much more valuable in a trade negotiation. Johnson proved last season that he can be a No. 1 RB. The 26-year-old logged 671 yards from scrimmage and 3 touchdowns on 119 touches. However, that hasn't helped him move up from third on the depth chart behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Johnson has only appeared in 10 offensive snaps this season and is playing on a one-year deal worth $1.2 million. The return for Johnson could be larger than expected if a RB-needy team decides he's the guy they want.

2. Greedy Williams, CB

Greedy Williams made his 2022 season debut in Week 6 after a hamstring injury kept him sidelined to begin the year. He played in 53% of the defensive snaps and finished the day with 1 tackle. It's important to point out that the former second-round pick's rookie contract comes to an end following the season. The Browns could trade him at the deadline in order to eliminate the chance of him walking in free agency. Denzel Ward and Greg Newsome have the top two spots at CB locked down, anyways. Williams has long been praised for his ability to change direction in coverage and use his length to break up passes. That kind of raw talent could entice a team to build a solid trade package for Cleveland.

3. Ronnie Harrison, S

The Browns have logged only 2 interceptions through the first six games and could be looking to acquire a defensive back that has a nose for the football. Trading away Ronnie Harrison would clear a spot for that kind of player. Harrison finished the 2021 season fifth on the team in tackles (58) and logged a career-high 4.0 tackles for loss. He hasn't been able to replicate that success in 2022, though. Harrison has tallied only 8 tackles and 0.5 sacks despite playing most of his snaps close to the line of scrimmage. He has also seen his snap count from from 75% last season to 25% this season. Grabbing a late-round draft pick in return for someone hardly seeing the field would be smart.

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