Will the Cleveland Browns finally become a contender?


It was assumed the Browns would target Cincinnati's AJ McCarron, whom they tried to land in a trade last season before the deal was squelched when the teams failed to properly file paperwork to the league.

A person familiar with the trade says the Cleveland Browns have traded quarterback DeShone Kizer to the Green Bay Packers.

The biggest question facing the Buffalo Bills during this off-season is what to do with the quarterback position.

It seems they believe they can get the same caliber quarterback with the fourth pick as they can with the first selection, which leaves Barkley - a generational talent compared by many National Football League experts to Barry Sanders - to be taken No. 1.

Drafted 30th overall in 2015, Randall started 30 games with the Packers, recording at least three picks in every one of his seasons in Green Bay, although he finished past year on Injured Reserve. Taylor can serve as a bridge while the Browns find a quarterback to eventually take over and be the face of the franchise.

Whoever the Browns choose to select to play, either Taylor or a top quarterback in the draft, is already in a better position than Chicago's Trubisky because of a player like Landry. The move appeared to be building after he met with the team Wednesday to discuss his future.

Let's take it even further. Why not? The Cleveland Browns have been in the cellar for so long.

In particular, the Jets' locker room has a tremendous amount of respect for Josh McCown, who could wind up back with the team if Cousins signs elsewhere.

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan, who has almost $90 million in cap space to play with, is planning on landing some big talent when free agency begins on March 14.

If the Browns zero in on a specific quarterback, Barkley will be available to the Giants, who might not be able to pass up the chance for an All-Pro talent to team with Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram in 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning's twilight years. "Steep, if you consider 2018 is a one-year trial for each player". The Browns are said to be shopping wide receiver Corey Coleman - he of the oft-broken and questionable hands - and the acquisition of Landry probably makes that easier to do.

Free agency is next and with all that cap space, Dorsey really gets to spend Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's money.

How will this affect the Browns' draft plans?

Neither move can be made official until March 14.

But Dorsey did not risk being rebuffed in free agency and winding up empty.

So the Browns have made a decision to use that pick to finally have a chance to go through the spring with a clear plan at the position. Has Haslam finally found the correct group of people to bring his dream into reality?