3 reasons the Cleveland Browns could clean house with a Monday loss
Reason No. 1 – Deshaun Watson Trade
With the NFL trade deadline being November 1st, 2022, a loss on Monday night could also send some players packing in the morning via trades. I don’t think that Berry is ready to admit a few players with some trade value aren’t good pieces of the puzzle, but he knows long-term he can’t keep them so wants to get the value back now while he can.
Remember, the Cleveland Browns don’t have a first-round pick for the next three years, as well as three other picks they gave up for Deshaun Watson. So, if this team isn’t able to win games, they need to get some draft capital back to start building. With large contracts to Myles Garrett, Deshaun Watson, and Denzel Ward this team is going to be slightly limited in free agency after the 2023 season.
Guys like Jack Conklin, Kareem Hunt, and Greedy Williams are all good players who contribute to this team now, but they aren’t long-term pieces to this puzzle. Conklin and Hunt will be too expensive, and Williams will become unhappy with the depth the Browns have compiled in the secondary.
None of these guys will get you a first or second-round pick in return, but all could return a later-round pick and possibly even a player if the situation was right. There are several teams in the league who feel they are just a player away from being a contender, so they may be willing to overpay as well.
Offensive tackle (Conkling) and cornerback (Williams) have always had significant value in the NFL, but even running back (Hunt) is looking like a value right now because of so many injuries across the league. Don’t look at it as Berry rebuilding, but more of reloading with draft picks to build around Watson from 2023 forward.