The Cleveland Browns need to add some speed to the wide receiver room and a hypothetical trade sends JOK packing for just that.
We are so close to actual moves being made, but in the meantime, we just have a bunch of what-if questions and hypothetical scenarios. The Cleveland Browns will be looking to upgrade and complete a roster that is oh-so-close, yet so far away.
Making the right offseasons moves goes a long way to making the playoffs, which is what the Browns need to focus on. A lot of fans want to romanticize about players and scenarios, but at the end of the day, results are all that truly matter. Everything else is just hopeful conjecture. But hey, it’s why we all continue to be fans.
247sports.com’s Jack Duffin proposed a hypothetical trade that would send linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah to the New York Jets in exchange for speedy wide receiver, Elijah Moore. This would surely send Browns’ Twitter into a frenzy which would result in a lot of back and forth and a lot of people who watch All-22 film would be getting in on the action without a doubt.
Many would argue that general manager Andrew Berry would never make this sort of move, but as they say in the wrestling business, never say never. As Duffin explains, JOK is wildly overrated amongst the Dawg Pound. He has shown flashes to be an elite NFL linebacker, but he has yet to find the consistency that goes with playing the position.
In two years in Cleveland, JOK has racked up 146 tackles, 94 being solo and 10 for loss, to go along with eight passes defended, four forced fumbles, and 1.5 sacks. He was dubbed one of the steals of the 2021 NFL Draft as the Browns snagged him at 52 – caused primarily due to heart issue concerns – which naturally already made him a cult hero to fans. He has all the potential in the world to be great, but if this hypothetical deal were to go down, it would benefit the Browns greatly.
Moore possesses a ton of speed and has proven he can compete in the NFL. He was drafted eight picks ahead of JOK in the 2021 draft, so this trade makes a ton of sense from both an on-field perspective and a financial perspective.
In his two years with the Jets, Moore has hauled in 80 receptions for 984 yards and six touchdowns, five of which came in his rookie campaign. Last season, he requested a trade, but the Jets did not acquiesce to his request. He would be an upgrade to the wide receiver room and would give the Browns a receiver with speed that has proven to be a reliable pass-catcher when playing.
As seen in the Tweet above, Duffin suggests that Cleveland could sign eight-year veteran linebacker Denzel Perryman. Many fans would groan at this, but the fact of the matter is that a linebacker is a lot easier to replace than a wide receiver.
Perryman has proven over the last two seasons with the Raiders that he is a playmaker. He brought down the opposition 154 times in his 2021 Pro Bowl season and followed it up with 83 in 2022, but also missed five games.
Just for the record, I would not get rid of Owusu-Koramoah unless it was for a guy like Moore. Other than that, I want to see what he can do in Jim Schwartz’s defense with an improved defensive line in front of him.