Cleveland Browns Trade Targets To Fill Out 53-Man Roster

Cleveland Browns Trade Targets To Fill Out 53-Man Roster

Nick Pedone
5 months ago
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New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton makes a catch

As the Cleveland Browns trim down their roster to 53 players by the NFL's deadline on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., they'll be monitoring cuts around the league.

But before that massive influx of cuts, teams will be working the phones to see if any trade packages make sense.

After another preseason meltdown from Anthony Schwartz, the hole in this Browns roster has become a glaring one. The Browns need any wide receiver with a pulse.

Here are a few players for the Browns to explore.

Darius Slayton, WR, NYG

Usually, when players are rumored to be getting released around this time of year, there's something wrong with them. Maybe they're disgruntled, have a bad contract that the team needs out of, or just old age. 

Slayton's problem? He's stuck on the Giants.

A 2019 5th-round pick, Slayton's production hasn't been all that bad with Daniel Jones at quarterback. In his first two seasons, he put up over 700 yards each. Last year, he fell out of favor in the Big Apple and only started five games, still recording 338 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.

The Browns drafted Michael Woods II in the sixth-round, but need all the help they could get for Jacoby Brissett. The Giants are reportedly listening to offers for Slayton, who would be a tremendous fit for the Browns to keep Schwartz off the field.

Andy Isabella, WR, ARI

The Browns have previously had noted interest in Isabella, but have never pulled the trigger on him. The 2019 second-round pick has started just three games in as many seasons with the Cardinals, and it seems like both sides could move on despite his 4.3 speed.

Isabella had a monster training camp and preseason in Arizona, hauling in five passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in their preseason finale. 

It's very possible the Cardinals just release him, but the Deandre Hopkins suspension complicates things. Offer the Cardinals a conditional late-round draft pick for a player that won't play much behind Rondale Moore, A.J. Green, and Marquise Brown, and they might jump.

Denzel Mims, WR, NYJ

A very similar tale to Isabella, it seems as if Mims, a second-rounder in 2020, has already fallen out of favor with the Jets and has requested a trade.

Also similar to Isabella, he had a monster preseason finale, catching nine passes for over 100 yards and a touchdown. It's unknown if the Jets will listen to trade offer after that performance.

Jimmy Garopollo, QB, SF

Listen, we know what kind of quarterback the Browns have in Jacoby Brissett. 

The Browns coaching staff is optimistic they could coach up a great locker room character like Brissett, but the fact of the matter is, he's not that good.

There have been conflicting reports on the level of interest Cleveland has in bringing Garoppollo to Cleveland. You'd have to believe that interest would increase if he was outright released, but the Seattle Seahawks would reportedly have some interest as well.

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