Cleveland Browns

Cody Kessler traded to Jacksonville

The Cleveland Browns quarterback room is continuing to change as the offseason progresses.

On Wednesday, the team sent third year quarterback Cody Kessler to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2019 conditional seventh round pick.

Kessler has to be on the active roster for six games in order for Cleveland to acquire the draft pick according to Mike Kaye of First Coast News in Jacksonville.

Essentially the team got something in return without having to release him with a dead cap hit.

Since the offseason began, the team has sent out Kessler as well as 2017 second round pick DeShone Kizer through trades in exchange for veterans Tyrod Taylor via trade and Drew Stanton via free agency.

That leaves Kevin Hogan as the lone quarterback left from the 2017 season but with the looming selection of a quarterback with the first overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, his future with the organization looks bleak although it’s likely the team keeps him on as an extra arm during the offseason workouts, training camp and preseason.

Kessler was Cleveland’s third round pick in 2016 and Hue Jackson told reporters to “trust him” with the selection, he was a draft pick by the front office who reached for him based on analytic data.

The plan was that Kessler wasn’t going to see the field behind Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown but when injuries sidelined them in back to back weeks, Kessler had to step on the field by Week 3 of the 2016 season.

Kessler appeared in nine games and started in eight of those appearances during that season.

He completed 65.6% of his attempts for 1,380 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions but his inability to push the ball down the field for Hue Jackson’s offense led to him getting benched once McCown and Griffin were healthy to return.

Kessler entered the 2017 training camp as the starter with Brock Osweiler and Kizer breathing down his neck.

Once again Kessler would not push the ball down the field and was quickly dropped down the depth chart. Kizer was named the starter but Kessler split the backup quarterback role with Hogan.

He appeared in three games during the 2017 season completing 47.8% of his attempts for 126 yards and an interception.

With the additions of Taylor and Stanton, it was very unlikely Kessler was going to be back and many expected him to be released. For the Browns to get anything for him was a win by general manager John Dorsey.

Now he’ll go to Jacksonville and backup Blake Bortles unless the Jaguars draft a quarterback in the early rounds.

He’ll be a good fit there as they’re a team that likes to run the ball a lot so if he has to get on the field, he won’t have to be forced to try and throw the ball down the field.

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