Yes, a trade (or signing) is in the works – ideally. Phil Savage has said that the Browns are looking to make a trade for a veteran cornerback to help replace Daven Holly, out for the season after blowing out his knee earlier this week. Two names consistently pop up on the radar – free agent Ty Law and Philadelphia Eagles’ corner Lito Sheppard. However, problems exist in both options:
1. The Browns certainly have enough money to spend on Ty Law, but they are currently “close to the edge of their limits in terms of cash expenditures.” Law would demand a large signing bonus, thus causing problems. Not to mention that he’s getting up there in age (34 years old); in other words, there are reasons why he is still a free agent.
2. The asking price for Lito Sheppard is bound to be astronomically high by the Browns’ standards. The Eagles need offensive weapons, and it is doubtful the Browns would be willing to give up on any of their coveted targets. Too bad the Eagles wouldn’t just take Kevin Kasper – all they would have to do is read this write-up (some would call it crazy, some would call it idealistic) on the former sixth-rounder drawing comparisons to Patriots receiver Wes Welker.
In other words, it is doubtful that a big name cornerback is going to be coming to Cleveland. The team hopes to potentially find at least one replacement from the pool of undrafted free-agent corners, also ruling out recovering (still) Gary Baxter in the process. It looks like the Browns are about to start holding auditions for these open roster spots. I may only be 5’8″, but I was pretty speedy in high school. I’m going to take on Browns camp, Invincible-style. Then I’ll meet the harsh reality that is today’s NFL – gym rats with muscles better suited for the cartoons wiping my face up and down the field. I can still dream.