Well, that’s one way to shed some salary. The Green Bay Packers have reportedly dealt cornerback Damarious Randall to the Cleveland Browns.
And another trade for Browns: Packers have informed CB Damarious Randall that he is being traded to Cleveland (like everybody else), per source.
The Browns also acquired receiver Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins and quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills on Friday.
The Packers acquired quarterback DeShone Kizer, a 2017 second-round pick, who was pretty much a disaster for the Browns in year one. The Packers also swapped picks with the Browns in the fourth and fifth rounds, meaning, presumably, the Packers now pick at the top of those two rounds.
Browns traded QB Deshone Kizer to Packers for CB Damarious Randall, per source. In addition; the teams’ swapped picks in the 4th and 5th round.
The other two deals featured mid-round pick. In the case of Landry, who led the NFL with 112 receptions in 2017, the cost was two mid-round picks. All we know is neither was higher than the third round.
When the day began, the Browns owned the most picks in the league, with 12. They had/have two firsts, three seconds, a third, two fourths, two fifths, a sixth and a seventh.
Randall was uneven for the Packers in 2017. He started slowly and then came on after being benched in September against the Bears. After that, he was the team’s best cornerback.
But let’s be honest, being the Packers’ best cornerback is like being the best-looking bum on Sunset Blvd.
Randall has a cap hit of slightly more than $2.5 million in 2018. Of course, only about $1.5 million of that comes in the form of salary and a roster bonus. When you factor in Kizer’s salary, you’re getting a savings of just around $700,000, which does nothing for the salary cap situation. As a former first-round pick, Randall also has a fifth-year team option, which hasn’t been decided upon yet. Now, the Browns will get to make that decision.
So now what do the Packers do at cornerback?
Well, second-year man Kevin King — who didn’t look very good playing through a shoulder injury as a rookie — will be expected to man one of the outside spots. The other, as well as the slot, appears to be totally up in the air at this point.
I guess let the Richard Sherman speculation go bonkers.
Ironic note as an aside: after the Packers played the Browns in 2017, Randall and receiver Josh Gordon went after each other on Twitter. Randall essentially shut Gordon down in that Packers’ win and he made sure everyone knew it. Gordon replied. Randall asked him if he was still on the drugs…
Talk about locker room chemistry!