The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including a story about how the team almost made a move for Everson Griffen this offseason
It seemed to come out of nowhere when the Cleveland Browns landed defensive end Olivier Vernon from the New York Giants. There were plenty of rumors about a trade between the two clubs, but it was Odell Beckham, Jr. who everyone had their eyes on — of course we all know, he was sent to The Land shortly after Vernon.
While most of us weren’t aware the Vernon trade was happening, there was also another potential trade in the works that was kept out of the headlines. Before landing the New York edge rusher, general manager John Dorsey was talking to the Minnesota Vikings about a deal for Everson Griffen.
That trade obviously never happened, but apparently, Minnesota was also interested in Kevin Zeitler who was sent to New York for Vernon.
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That story and more can be found in today’s Daily Dawg Tags.
Cleveland Browns News
"“According to the Star Tribune’s Andrew Krammer on Wednesday, the Vikings wanted to acquire Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler and Minnesota was using Griffen as part of the trade package they were offering.Cleveland eventually decided to send Zeitler packing, but not to the Vikings. Instead, the Browns traded the offensive guard and a 2019 fifth-round draft pick to the New York Giants in exchange for pass rusher Olivier Vernon and a 2019 fourth-round selection.”"
Griffen is three years older than Olivier Vernon, which could be why the Browns went that route instead. Still, it seems they had plenty of options in trying to bolster their defensive end position.
The 2019 NFL Draft is just two weeks away, but we won’t stop speculating on what moves will take place until the draft actually happens. With that being said, here is another 7-round prediction for the coming event.
"“Biggest Need: Strong SafetyTrading Jabrill Peppers to the Giants and waiving Derrick Kindred (who was picked up by the Colts) leaves the Browns with three former Packers at safety: Morgan Burnett, journeyman Jermaine Whitehead and Damarious Randall (a converted corner who is strictly a centerfielder). They also acquired ex-Chief Eric Murray (a fringe starter). Those are enough pieces to play with, but none are clear starting box safeties at this point. Whitehead is strictly a backup, Burnett is still capable but was deemed injury prone last year by the Steelers and Murray, talent-wise, is a good-but-not-great on his best day.”"
In addition to safety, the SI duo discusses the Browns need on both the offensive and defensive line. The one take away from this is — they finally don’t need a quarterback!
The Browns defense struggled mightily in 2018 and they have to be better for them to reach expectations in 2019. Our own Dan Justik looks at how Christian Kirksey will be vital to whether or not they are better this season.