Cleveland Browns could look to move Olivier Vernon

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The Cleveland Browns might be willing to move Olivier Vernon

There were rumors this offseason that Cleveland Browns edge rusher Olivier Vernon could be traded away. Vernon, who was added by John Dorsey in a trade with the New York Giants last season had a high price tag and has been struggling to stay on the field due to health issues.

Cleveland was reportedly going after some high-profile replacements as well, with Jadeveon Clowney being the top target. In the end, Clowney declined their offer and Vernon agreed to a restructured salary to stay with the Browns.

Now with the trading deadline approaching, his name is once again being floated as a potential trade piece. Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report tweeted out that his name has been “circulating” among teams who need help at defensive end.

For the Browns, such a move doesn’t appear to make much sense. They already have plenty ammunition in the upcoming draft, so adding a mid-to-late round pick (which is what he would presumably fetch) won’t really move the needle. And while it’s true he has missed a lot of time over the past four seasons, he’s healthy now and is helping the team.

Vernon might not be putting up great stats in the pass-rushing department but he does his job when it comes to setting the edge in run defense.

Another factor to consider is who replaces Vernon if he is dealt. Cleveland has Adrian Clayborn, who has been playing well and could start, but then Porter Gustin becomes their primary rotational defensive end. No knock on Porter but having Vernon start with Clayborn as the rotational player is a better combination.

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And considering Cleveland is sitting at 5-2, making the defensive line less competitive seems a bit counterproductive.