3 Players Browns Could Trade in 2020 Offseason Under New-Look Management
By Max Staley
The Cleveland Browns entered the year with more hype than the franchise has had in the past few decades. As everyone knows by now, it didn't go great. Cleveland went 6-10, Baker Mayfield regressed in just about every statistical category, and Odell Beckham Jr. had the worst season of his career.
Cleveland responded quickly this offseason, parting ways with both general manager John Dorsey and first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens. While the GM search is still ongoing, the Browns have hired former Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as their new head coach.
If Cleveland really wants to turn things around quickly, it's safe to assume that some players could be on their way out of town as well. With that in mind, here are three Browns that could get traded this offseason.
1. Odell Beckham Jr., Wide Receiver
There were no shortage of reports that indicated Beckham was unhappy in Cleveland this season. While we don't exactly know whether or not he wants out, a trade could make some sense. Despite playing a full 16-game season for just the second time in his career, Beckham averaged a career-worst 64.7 receiving yards per game – 10.8 yards per game worse than the second-worst season of his career. He's still unquestionably one of the most talented wideouts in the NFL, and he should have no shortage of suitors should he actually come available.
2. Olivier Vernon, EDGE
Olivier Vernon is another former New York Giant who could be on the move after just one season in Cleveland. He played in only 10 contests, and was on a 16-game pace to rack up 6.0 sacks, 18.0 QB hits and 6.0 tackles for loss. That's decent production, but the Browns are paying him a little more than $15 million in 2020. If Cleveland opts to fix some more pressing holes, like the offensive line, moving off Vernon for some draft capital could quickly help restock the Browns' 2020 NFL Draft.
3. Jarvis Landry, Wide Receiver
Beckham grabbed more of the headlines, but there were a ton of rumors surrounding Jarvis Landry's future with the Browns as well. He was the more productive of the two wideouts last year, edging out Beckham in receptions (83 to 74), receiving yards (1,174 to 1,035) and receiving TDs (six to four). It's unlikely that Cleveland moves off of both, but trading at least one of the Browns' star wideouts certainly feels possible. Landry showcased a much more refined rapport with Mayfield than Beckham did, but Beckham is undoubtedly the superior talent. Either way, it seems like one of the two LSU products could be playing for a new team in 2020.
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