3 defensive tackles the Browns can target ahead of NFL Trade Deadline
No. 1: Matt Ioannidis, Carolina Panthers
Now, this would be a similar situation as the Payne one, but much different in terms of price. Matt Ioannidis would be an ideal fit for this Browns defense, and the team has already made a trade with Carolina when they traded Baker Mayfield in the offseason.
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive tackle has been in the league for seven years now, mostly with Washington before signing with the Panthers in the offseason. In his six games in Carolina, he has racked up 15 combined tackles (two for a loss), and a sack.
In his career, he has racked up 25.5 sacks, 190 tackles (27 for a loss), and 63 quarterback hits. That sounds like the perfect fit to sandwich in between Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney for the remainder of this season and potentially the next two or three seasons.
Like Payne, Ioannidis will be a free agent after the season, but he would not command the amount of money that the former would. Despite the fact that he doesn’t fit Berry’s age parameters, he is a solid veteran presence, something the Browns need on the interior of the defensive line.
Do not be shocked if Tuesday comes and goes and Berry doesn’t make a move. It is safe to assume that this decision – that is if another team agrees to a trade – won’t be determined or kicked further into motion until after the Halloween, Monday Night Football showdown against the Bengals.