3 Players Cleveland Browns should consider trading this year

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CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Sheldon Richardson #98 of the Cleveland Browns lines up for a play during the game against the Miami Dolphins at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

3. Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle

One thing John Dorsey really liked to do during his short tenure as the Browns general manager was to add star power. He brought in wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, Jr. He took some chances as well, adding running back Kareem Hunt to their already stacked offense following his release from Kansas City.

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However, he didn’t only stick to one side of the ball when it came to picking up big names. Dorsey also traded for safety Damarious Randall and defensive end Olivier Vernon. He also agreed to terms with a big-name defensive tackle ahead of 2019 when he signed Sheldon Richardson.

Richardson ended up being one of the better defensive linemen for the team last year and he even helped them out by sliding to defensive end when needed — and it was needed last year. He finished his first season in Cleveland with 62 tackles and three sacks and looks ready to put up another solid season in 2020.

So why even consider trading him?

The reasoning there would be the talent around him. Andrew Berry went out and signed Andrew Billings in free agency giving them a defensive tackle capable of playing the nose. They also have Larry Ogunjobi, who, while not as complete of a player as Richardson, is more than capable of starting alongside Billings.

Cleveland also added Missouri’s Jordan Elliott in the draft meaning they still have a capable backup. With the sudden depth on the roster, there’s a chance Berry would listen to offers for the high-priced veteran.