Cleveland Browns News: Darren Fells released, Browns new North favorites
The Cleveland Browns made a big trade this weekend which helps them become favorites in the AFC North, and they also unexpectedly released tight end Darren Fells
On Friday, the Cleveland Browns shocked fans when they shipped off guard Kevin Zeitler. Not only was he a fan favorite, but Zeitler was one of the best in the business at what he does. The good news in the deal was they at least got a solid player in return.
In exchange for their starting right guard, the Browns landed edge rusher Olivier Vernon. While it’s true he didn’t thrive as the No. 1 pass rusher in New York, Vernon should do perfectly fine as the secondary edge rusher opposite Myles Garrett. That move makes their defense much better and propels them to the favorites in the AFC North according to many who watch the game.
Not long after that move was made, rumors started swirling that the team was also shopping backup tight end Darren Fells. They found no trade partners for him, and he was subsequently released.
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Cleveland Browns News
Browns release Darren Fells after failed effort to trade him — Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk
"“The Browns have tried to find a trade partner for tight end Darren Fells. They were unable to do so, and now they’ve released him.”"
Darren Fells was a solid reserve tight end and even caught the first touchdown pass of Baker Mayfield’s career. However, the team moved on from him, which was somewhat surprising given his play in 2018.
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With the trade for Olivier Vernon, what will the Browns do at No. 17? Hey, Mary Kay! — Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com
"“I don’t think it precludes the Browns from drafting an edge-rusher at No. 17, but they’re not pressured to take on there now. It opens the door for them to possibly take one of the big, physical disruptive defensive tackles that might fall to them at No. 17 such as Clemson’s Christian Wilkins, Houston’s Ed Oliver or Mississippi State’s Jeffery Simmons.”"
This was arguably the smartest thing about the Vernon trade — and Greg Robinson re-signing — the Browns don’t have to pick any position out of sheer need. Instead, they can look for the best fit and feel no pressure.
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