The Cleveland Browns have traded wide receiver Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills for a 2020 seventh-round pick. Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first to report the story.
Coleman was the team’s first round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and the team had been shopping him since this year’s draft due to a lackluster start to his career. He was also the team’s first round draft pick after trading back with the Philadelphia Eagles in the now infamous Carson Wentz trade.
He appeared in 19 games (18 starts) and recorded 56 catches for 718 yards and five touchdowns.
The 24-year-old receiver dealt with injuries and immaturity problems during the first two seasons and clearly the organization wasn’t high on his future so they decided to cut their losses and moved on.
Coleman broke his hand just two games into his rookie season and following what turned out to be his best performance as a Brown with 5 catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns in a 25-20 loss to the Ravens in 2016. The injury sidelined him for nearly two months.
He once again broke his hand in Week 2 of last season against the Ravens which sidelined him for eight weeks. During that time he was also sent home during the team’s road trip to Houston after missing curfew with then Browns wide receiver Kenny Britt who was also sent home.
Then came the season finale against Pittsburgh where Coleman dropped a pass on 4th and 2 that would’ve extended the drive for Cleveland and given them a chance to win the game and not go 0-16 which they ended up doing. Watching the game, you could see the sadness and frustration on Coleman’s face as he sat on the sideline following the drop.
Coleman seemed to turn a new leaf during training camp early and was receiving rave reviews while being the second wide receiver behind Jarvis Landry while Josh Gordon is away while getting his physical/mental health on the right track.
Now he heads to Buffalo where they’re thin at wide receiver besides former first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin. Coleman will get an opportunity to make a fresh start to hopefully revive his young career. However, he’s once again in a situation with a poor quarterback depth chart including 2018 first round pick Josh Allen, A.J. McCarron and Nathan Peterman.
With Coleman out of Cleveland, it seems as though the team is hopeful that Gordon will be returning to the team soon but also that the team is hopeful for the receivers that are currently in Berea.
Rookie Antonio Callaway was expected to compete with Coleman for the third spot on the wide receiver depth chart. He has had some flashes early on in training camp but will need time to develop.
Third-year receiver Rashard Higgins showed he can play wide receiver in the NFL with good performances against Baltimore and Pittsburgh. He also has shown to have a strong chemistry with Baker Mayfield early on in training camp.
The team may also look to move Duke Johnson to wide receiver perhaps on a full-time basis. Johnson told reporters last week he’d rather be a slot receiver instead of a running back and he may very well get that wish with the trade of Coleman.