As NFL teams are preparing to cut their rosters down from 90 to 53, the Browns are making some of their players available for trades.
CBS Sports NFL writer Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday morning that the team is “aggressively shopping” cornerback Joe Haden to teams.
Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reported that the team is also shopping former first round pick Cam Erving.
Add along quarterback Brock Osweiler and you got three players who have a combined cap hit of $32.9 million this coming season that can be had for the right price.
Haden has been struggling with injuries and performance the last several seasons.
The former All-Pro is scheduled to make $11.2 million with a cap hit of $14.4 million this season.
He has three seasons left but the majority of the guaranteed money is up after this season. The Browns could hold onto him and cut him next offseason, only owing him $3 million in dead money.
I thought his future seemed very dim after Browns play by play announcer Jim Donovan told 92.3 The Fan on Monday that he felt Haden was the third best corner on the team behind Jamar Taylor and Jason McCourty.
ESPN Cleveland Browns analyst Tony Grossi reported that Haden and his agent Drew Rosenhaus met with executive Vice President Sashi Brown prior to the Tampa game last Saturday. That report makes me wonder if Haden requested a trade and the team is granting him his request.
Brock Osweiler was never really wanted by the Browns organization in my opinion when they acquired him in March. It was clear from the start the only reason they traded for him was to get that future second round pick from Houston.
They’ve tried to trade him over the last five months but his $16 million dollar salary makes that very difficult despite the team willing to pay some of that to make a deal work.
If no deal can be made, NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport said the Browns would likely make Osweiler inactive during the season unless it’s an absolute emergency to play him.
Erving has been a major disappointment during his first two seasons. Whether it’s at tackle, guard or center, the former first round pick hasn’t been able to make the transition from college to the pros.
He was competing with Shon Coleman for the right tackle position but his poor play on the field in the first preseason game and an injury that shut him down for the preseason gave the spot to Coleman.
Making only $2.5 million this coming season makes him easier to move over the other two and maybe there’s a coach out there who thinks he can resurrect Erving’s career.
If I had to guess, I’d say Erving gets dealt and the other two stay on the roster for now unless they’d restructure their deals to make a trade easier to make.