John Dorsey decided to start using the assets Sashi Brown collected on Friday.
After trading a 2018 4th round and future 7th round pick for Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry, Dorsey pulled off two more trades to bring Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor and Packers cornerback Damarious Randall to Cleveland.
Cleveland sent their 3rd round pick to Buffalo for Taylor and sent quarterback DeShone Kizer to Green Bay for Randall. The two teams also swapped 4th and 5th round picks.
In the matter of two hours, Cleveland upgraded the offense significantly and added another cornerback into a secondary that needs talent.
Tyrod Taylor had been the starting quarterback in Buffalo since they acquired him from Baltimore in 2015.
Taylor started in 43 of the 44 games he appeared in with the Bills. His win/loss record was 22-20 including a 8-6 record which helped lead Buffalo to the playoffs last season.
He completed 62.6% of his passes for 8,857 yards, 51 touchdowns and 16 interceptions during his tenure in Buffalo. Taylor also ran for 1,575 yards and 14 touchdowns so he brings a dual threat at the quarterback position for Cleveland.
Taylor has one year left on his contract with a salary of $16 million. He’ll likely be the bridge quarterback for whoever the Browns will select with the first overall pick in April’s NFL Draft.
Damarious Randall was the Packers first round pick in 2015 out of Arizona State. While he’s only 5’11, his speed and athleticism is what helped him make a transition from safety to corner.
During his three years in Green Bay, Randall appeared in 39 games (30 starts) and made quite an impact for the Packers.
He recorded 144 tackles, 32 pass deflections, 10 interceptions and two defensive touchdowns.
In the Packers two postseason appearances, Randall recorded 23 tackles, 5 pass deflections and two interceptions in five postseason games.
Randall will compete for a starting role with Jason McCourty, Jamar Taylor, Briean Boddy-Calhoun or perhaps another free agent or rookie at the cornerback position.
As for DeShone Kizer, I think this was the best move for him. He needed a fresh start and a chance to succeed elsewhere in the NFL.
Kizer struggled during his rookie season in Cleveland going 0-15 as a starter completing 53.6% of his passes for 2,894 yards, 11 touchdowns and a NFL high 22 interceptions.
He now gets to go to Green Bay and learn from one of the best in the game in Aaron Rodgers and maybe Green Bay thinks he can be the heir to Rodgers when he retires as Kizer is still only 21 years old and a potentially long career ahead of him.