Jets now lead National Football League in cap space following Browns trades

Ross Houston
March 13, 2018

The Browns made a huge splash Friday by agreeing to trades for Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Miami Dolphins slot receiver Jarvis Landry and Green Bay cornerback Damarious Randall and shipping quarterback DeShone Kizer to the Packers, a person familiar with the moves confirmed to the Akron Beacon Journal. The Browns are expected to work out a new contract with Landry.

The additions of Taylor and Landry certainly must have thrilled new Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was sacked in Pittsburgh following the Steelers' divisional-round playoff loss.

Now that the initial shock of the trade has worn off, it's time to analyze the deal.

Saquon Barkley to Cleveland seems like a done deal after a couple moves the Browns made Friday night.

The simple answer is yes. Even with Taylor, Buffalo was looking for their long-term answer.

Cousins, who has 81 touchdown passes and a 97.5 passer rating over the last three years, can provide it. Only time can tell.

If the Los Angeles Rams' defense is as relentless in the upcoming season as the team's front office has been in reassembling it, the future could be bright. The Browns and Packers also swapped their 2018 fourth- and fifth-round picks as part of the deal as well, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

This is actually a pretty solid return for Taylor, especially given his contract situation. Before the trades, Cleveland was $113 million under the salary cap and the team figures to remain busy next week. The trade won't be announced until Wednesday.

Randall was selected 30th overall by the Packers in 2015.

And for the crowd saying the Browns still need to draft a quarterback first overall: Dorsey is so meticulous at finding the right quarterback that he surrendered two first rounders so the Kansas City Chiefs could trade up and get Patrick Mahomes a year ago. With Taylor off of the books, the Bills will free up north of $10 million in cap space. Even from a tight end standpoint, names like Zach Miller, Tyler Eifert, Antonio Gates, and Jimmy Graham are available during free agency. Taylor has started at least 14 games each of the last three seasons and threw for 2,799 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions a year ago.

The Bills are no longer fooling anybody.

In order to acquire Smith, Hurney will have to give up a starting cornerback who turned 23 in February. The plethora of moves makes sense as general manager John Dorsey wants to significantly alter the roster following a 1-31 record over the past two seasons.

Saturday brought another trade for Cleveland that took fans by surprise.

The Rams now have nine draft picks in the April 26-28 draft, five in the sixth round.

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