Twitter reaction: Wild day of trades has Browns fans losing their heads

Sept 24 2017 Green Bay WS USA Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall celebrates tackling Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon for a loss during the game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit Dan Powers  The Post-Crescent

I still think the Browns will pick a quarterback; Taylor is only a one-year bridge. Though their draft plans have been on the down low, Saquon Barkley could take the pressure off of Taylor in his first year.

It's still possible Cleveland could go with Barkley with the No. 1 pick, but the Browns shouldn't let the addition of Taylor sway them in either direction.

Or the Browns front office believe Taylor is the guy to turn the team around with Barkley. He is also entering the final season of a seven-year contract worth $80.5 million contract and set to earn $13.5 million in 2018 after the Browns threw in a few bonuses. The team is rumored to be very interested in the free agent pivot, and although he'd command upwards of $30 million in cap space to sign, he's a high-priced gamble that would stabilize the offense. He's careful with the ball, but the criticism of him is he can be too careful and overemphasize the checkdown. This frees them up to take the best player available in the draft instead of reaching for a position out of need.

Essentially, the Browns' face-lifting Friday doesn't clear up any of draft uncertainty ahead of the Giants, making it no more or less likely that Barkley will slip to No. 2. Leonard Williams figures to be the next one, and he is not scheduled to hit free agency until 2020 if the Jets exercise his fifth-year option. And he's also 25, which would put him in his prime.

The compensation for Taylor is the Browns' third-round pick (No. 65 overall) this year, the source said.

Following their trade with the Dolphins, the Browns receiving core immediately improved. A scary team that will return Cook, its two top playmakers in the passing game (Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs) and the league's top defense would only get more terrifying with quarterback stability. How ideal that their new franchise running back can help lead the celebration? The two even got into a Twitter spat about the game. Green Bay's Davon House knows Dorsey, assistant GM Eliot Wolf and vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith from his days with the Packers, and he played under defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker for two seasons with the Jaguars. A trio of Kizer, Taylor and a drafted rookie made sense. "I think the one thing I've noticed in the National Football League this year or in the past years, I should say, is free agency moves very quickly".

Dorsey's whirlwind of deals over the past two days may have been prompted by a concern that free agents would be afraid to sign with the Browns because of the team's struggles and constant turnover.

The deal confirmed Friday includes $55 million guaranteed and an average annual salary of $16.5 million. They were able to do that because they still possess five picks in the Top 64, including No. 1, No. 4, No. 33 and No. 35. On a busy day, the Browns filled needs at three positions - even if at quarterback it might be a short-term fill. But no one expects them to go from 0-16 to 12-4 in a year.

The Packers are getting a 2016 second-round pick who was thought to be the No. 1 pick past year before the combine started.



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