3 additional trade targets the Cleveland Browns should consider before deadline

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No. 1 – Robert Quinn, Edge

Let me clarify, the Cleveland Browns aren’t going to add two edge rushers via trade. However, there is some serious work needed on the defensive line. I expect Berry to sign a free-agent defensive tackle to sure up the run defense, and I think the trade comes for an edge piece.

Robert Quinn is an interesting one. At age 32 he is likely past his prime, but you would receive the former All-Pro edge rusher with two full years remaining on his contract. In the grand scheme of everything, a cap hit of under $19 million for each of the next three seasons isn’t bad for the production you could expect.

For the 2022 season, Quinn would get a ton of snaps when Garrett or Clowney needs rest or have injuries. On top of that, Joe Woods could get extremely creative up front with Clowney taking on more of a defensive tackle role. You don’t want him in the middle all of the time, but he is such an elite run defender he would instantly become your most valuable interior lineman in that scenario.

For 2023 and 2024, you finally have some leverage on Clowney. I’m not saying that Quinn will still be the elite edge rusher you want as your full-time No. 2 guy, but he certainly can split that role with one of the younger guys you are planning to continue to develop.

Plus, you can never have too many defensive ends. That game against the Falcons was painful to watch between getting no pressure and watching them run up and down the field on this defense.