The Cleveland Browns need help at defensive tackle and Bleacher Report has a suggestion for them, which is to go after Grady Jarrett of the Atlanta Falcons
Looking ahead to the 2022 season, there’s still one position on the Cleveland Browns roster that’s hard to feel good about — defensive tackle.
Should the season start today, the Browns would be fielding a unit that consisted of Taven Bryan, Jordan Elliott, and Tommy Togiai. Sure, they could get some surprise play from one of those three but it would be best to protect themselves with more talent at the position.
And according to Ian Wharton of Bleacher Report, they should go all-in on that search and look to make a deal with the Atlanta Falcons for Grady Jarrett.
"“Deal: Browns get DT Grady Jarrett; Falcons get pick No. 99, 2023 third-round pick” — Wharton, Bleacher Report"
As Wharton pointed out, the Browns have already shown a huge commitment to winning by trading for Deshaun Watson and Amari Cooper — although the Cooper deal was an absolute steal. But if we are being honest, the deal he suggests for Jarrett is also a steal as it would cost just two picks in Round 3 for a player who once recorded three sacks in the Super Bowl.
Would this trade be worth it for the Cleveland Browns?
While it’s true there can be talent added in the third round, it’s far from a sure thing. For instance, the Browns’ last few picks in Round 3 consist of Anthony Schwartz, Jordan Elliott, Jacob Phillips, Sione Takitaki, and Chad Thomas.
Surely not a fan in the world would hold on to any combination of those players if the Falcons offered Jarrett for them. So why should they pass on such an opportunity as suggested by Wharton?
Would Atlanta listen to this offer from the Cleveland Browns?
The real question is whether or not the Falcons would listen to such an offer. And the answer right now is — yes.
Atlanta just traded Matt Ryan, the face of their franchise, to the Indianapolis Colts for a third-round pick. On top of that, they had to eat a ton of his salary to make the deal work.
That means even though they moved on from their most expensive player, they’re still in cap purgatory and in the midst of a rebuild. Add all that up and they would surely listen to an offer for multiple picks in exchange for a player set to turn 29-years old this month.
Adding Jarrett would be exactly what this defense needs to take the next step and if the Falcons are willing to make this move for a couple of day two picks, Cleveland should jump at the chance.