Cleveland Browns players who could be dealt for draft picks
Defensive End for a late-round draft pick
Defensive end is also rich, after the addition of Jadeveon Clowney and Takkarist McKinley, joining Myles Garrett and Porter Gustin. Gustin is good enough to start in the NFL, but maybe not in Cleveland. In addition, flying just under the radar detection limit, Curtis Weaver is an outstanding pass-rushing prospect who appears to be ready to go after missing his rookie campaign due to injury.
If Weaver continues to check out positively, it would be very logical to see a trade that would send Gustin over to the NFC so he can further his NFL career as a starter, and where he won’t bother Baker Mayfield and the Browns very often.
Weaver was injured (a broken bone in his foot) during rookie camp last season. Had the Dolphins waited until August, they could have placed him on injured reserve, but they wanted to immediately fill the roster spot, so decided to waive him with an injury designation.
Some would say that there is an unwritten rule that teams are not supposed to claim injured players. But, to channel Yogi Berra, who writes these unwritten rules, anyway? So Andrew Berry claimed him for the Browns. So much for unwritten rules.
Bill Belichick has done the same thing, by the way. In any case, the Browns have a highly ranked prospect. He was drafted in the fifth round, and probably should have been drafted in the second round, had it not been for physical problems which now seem to have been corrected surgically.
The Browns are also auditioning former Dallas Cowboy and Miami Hurricane Joe Jackson, who had five games with the Cowpokes and three with the Browns; and Cameron Malveaux, who has been in the NFL long enough to accumulate 19 tackles and 3 sacks); and University of Charlotte grad student transfer Romeo McKnight.
It does not take much imagination to see five starting defensive ends, and they may want to keep all five. On the other hand, they can listen to offers.
Gustin will be a restricted free agent in 2022, so the team that trades for him can only control him for two seasons rather than three.