Daily Dawg Tags: Cleveland Browns influence a trade deadline deal
The Daily Dawg Tags brings you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including how a previous Browns move influenced a trade deadline deal.
The Cleveland Browns were quiet during the trade deadline and did not decide to make any trades. That was a similar theme around the league, as there was only one trade completed on Tuesday between the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Rams.
But even though the Browns decided to stand pat on Tuesday, a previous trade by the Browns influenced the one deal made at the deadline. The trade by the Miami Dolphins was straight out of the Sashi Brown tanking playbook.
The Dolphins acquired cornerback Aqib Talib and a fifth-round pick from the Rams, sending only a seventh-round pick in return. The move gives the Rams cap space and the Dolphins received a higher draft pick for taking on Talib’s contract.
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Today’s featured article points out how this move is similar to the move the Browns made in 2017, acquiring a second-round pick to take on Brock Osweiler‘s contract. It was the first time a trade of that kind has happened in the NFL.
Cleveland Browns News
Dolphins take page out of Browns’ tanking playbook with Aqib Talib trade – Henry McKenna, For the Win
"We’ve actually seen this style of trade before. It’s very common in the NBA, where a tanking team will absorb a contract in exchange for draft compensation. In the NFL, the Cleveland Browns did this when they were tanking in 2017. They took on quarterback Brock Osweiler’s unwieldy and undeserved contract in exchange for a second-round pick."
Like the Browns in 2017, the Dolphins have a large stash of cap space and have no plans to use it. So instead of just not using it, they decided to take a chunk out of their cap space to add a player who will be on injured reserve the rest of the season so they could acquire a draft pick. When teams decide to start tanking, they are going to do whatever it takes to acquire draft picks.
Cleveland Browns decide to stand pat at the trade deadline
The Cleveland Browns were expected to be an active team at the trade deadline, but instead decided to keep the roster intact as is. General manager John Dorsey apparently felt the asking prices were too high and adding another piece would not fix the Browns making mistakes on the field.
Browns can still challenge for the AFC North with their easy schedule, mostly backup QBs, and a brutal Ravens’ slate – Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com
"In fact, according to ESPN Stats and Info, the 2-5 Browns had the NFL’s second-toughest schedule in the first seven games, and have the second-easiest slate the rest of the way, when their opponents are a combined 21-45-1. In the first seven, their opponents were 36-17 — including 21-2 during their current three-game losing streak."
It may be hard to see it now, but the Cleveland Browns will have chances to turn their season around. Not only do they have an easy schedule in terms of records, but they will be playing five games against backup quarterbacks. They also play the tanking Miami Dolphins. So despite playing poorly in the tough part of their schedule, there is still some hope for the Browns.
John Dorsey deserves blame for the Cleveland Browns struggles
Browns general manager John Dorsey put together a roster full of talent that has not meshed to this point of season. Even with the solid moves he has made, Matthew McFatridge believes that Dorsey should be getting more blame for Cleveland’s struggles than he currently is.