According to ProFootballTalk, a league source has weighed in on some of the Browns’ recent offseason moves. That source, apparently, was
“Surprised that the Browns gave up so much to get Rogers, who some league insiders…regard as a turd. The source also thinks that the Browns gave up too much by way of money and draft position to get defensive lineman Corey Williams from the Packers.”
By now, everyone seems to know that Shaun Rogers really wore out his welcome in Detroit. Calling him a “turd” is putting it lightly to many Lions fans. His character issues are a bit concerning, but winning can usually put that problem to rest. Think Randy Moss last season during the Patriot’s 16-0 run. Even if the player is a cancer, a good player on a good team can still equal wins. Terrell Owens helping the Eagles to the Super Bowl, anyone?
As far as giving up too much in terms of draft position, it was done in order to obtain franchise players. Who knows what would happen to the players we could be drafting in the first three rounds. Isn’t Travis Wilson currently buried on the depth chart? I’ll take Corey Williams in exchange for a second-rounder and, well, I’ve been resigned to no first-rounder for almost a year now.
My main concern with the moves that have been made thus far is the loss of CB Leigh Bodden. That leaves the secondary fairly thin, but there is time to add depth. You have to take the good with the bad, and the Browns have received a lot of good in my opinion. Tony Grossi suggests that the Browns may regret the lack of draft picks a few years from now, but he also says the NFL is a “win-now” league.
I say, enough with “building for the future.” The Browns can begin making a run now, and the window will not stay open forever. I love the aggressive attitude the team has had in free agency, proving their commitment to a winning season in 2008 and beyond.