3 Offensive Lineman the Cleveland Browns Should Trade for
By Max Staley
Fresh off a 2018 campaign that saw Cleveland win five of its last seven games, the Browns added Odell Beckham Jr. to an offense that featured Baker Mayfield, who had just broken the NFL's all-time, single-season passing TD record by a rookie (27).
Though it seemed like Mayfield and the Browns were poised to ascend to the NFL's elite in 2019, his production has significantly regressed in his second NFL season. Isolating Mayfield's play as the sole reason for the Browns' 2-4 record is unfair though, as his offensive line hasn't done him any favors.
Mayfield has been sacked on 7.5 percent of his drop backs, the 10th-worst mark in the NFL. If Cleveland wants to right the ship, trading for an offensive lineman might be the best course of action. With that in mind, here are three offensive lineman the Browns should look to acquire this season.
1. Trent Williams, OT, Washington Redskins
Trent Williams' resume speaks for itself. He was the No. 4 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and has rewarded the Washington Redskins by making seven consecutive Pro Bowls. However, Williams hasn't seen the field this season, as he's been holding out for a long-term contract. Considering Washington is sitting at 1-7, the Redskins should be looking to rebuild, and Williams is undoubtedly their most valuable asset. It won't be cheap, but at 31 years old, Williams has plenty of football ahead of him and could help turn Cleveland's offense around.
2. Nate Solder, OT, New York Giants
Nate Solder hasn't quite lived up to the massive 4-year, $62 million dollar deal he signed to join the New York Giants in 2018. Still, he's a risk that Cleveland can afford to take, as the Browns currently have the second-most cap space in the NFL. With right tackle Chris Hubbard grading out as the 64th-rated OT in the league, per Pro Football Focus, Solder (No. 35) could be a decent stopgap option for Cleveland.
3. Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT/OG, Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles have an embarrassment of riches at offensive line, with perennial All-Pros Lane Johnson and Jason Peters at tackle, and 2019 first-round pick Andre Dillard waiting in the wings. That kind of depth makes Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who has played well when he's seen the field, expendable, especially given the other holes on Philadelphia's roster, like the secondary. Vaitai would likely be the cheapest option to acquire on this list, and a potential deal could make a ton of sense for both sides.
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