With a new coach heading things up for the Las Vegas Raiders, the Cleveland Browns could look to pry these three players away from them in 2022.
The Cleveland Browns and Las Vegas Raiders were opponents on the field this past season, but could look to become partners in a trade this offseason. With new head coach Josh McDaniels calling the shots in Las Vegas, he could look to unload some talent from the previous regime to put his own mark on the team with hand-picked talent.
Cleveland hasn’t been shy in the trade market in the past, either, having made big trades to acquire big named players in recent history. While a majority of the blockbuster trades happened under a different general manager, current general manager Andrew Berry and head coach Kevin Stefanski will still look to do whatever they need to in order to improve the roster.
Should the new Raiders staff decide to part ways with any current players on the roster, here are three players the Browns should inquire about.
Cleveland Browns trade target No. 3: Divine Deablo, LB
Divine Deablo just completed his rookie year for the Oakland Raiders, and while teams are usually hesitant to trade young talent, the Cleveland Browns could still inquire about the 2021 third-round pick.
Deablo played in all 17 games for the Raiders but started in only five. He tallied 45 total tackles and also had a fumble recovery, making it an overall successful season for the rookie linebacker. He showed flashes at times of why he was a solid pick in the draft, and proved he could be a solid piece to have on defense.
The Browns have a hole at linebacker, outside of Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah, who was also a selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. The rest of their linebacker depth chart is mostly players on short-term deals, as the front office feels the need to invest heavy finances into the linebacker spot isn’t worth it.
Deablo makes sense in a trade for exactly that reason. He’s still on a rookie deal, meaning the team wouldn’t have to worry about looking for a replacement each year, and if he provides solid rotational depth to the unit, he may be affordable way past his current contract.
The Raiders may not want to even discuss Deablo in a trade, but it never hurts to ask. Any chance for the Browns to improve should be looked at, and that’s exactly what Berry and Stefanski would be doing here by inquiring about Deablo.