It is never too early in the season to talk about player trades, according to Bleacher Report.
For the Cleveland Browns, BR has three suggestions for players to put on the block.
These suggestions could surprise the most ardent of Cleveland Browns fans.
I will offer BR’s logic and then my own twist on it for each player.
Here are the three players.
1. D’Ernest Johnson
While BR is not entirely wrong with this logic, the fact remains that D’Ernest Johnson is only 25 years old and he provides utility and depth on both offense and special teams at a bargain contract rate of $850,000 for 2021.
He becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the 2021 season.
Felton is a rookie and has shown signs of being an outstanding player, but he also could be plugged into multiple areas including wide receiver.
For a team that craves depth and versatility, Johnson is the type of player that is valuable to carry on the roster.
This is a little random but the #Browns kickoff team has looked awesome these first 2 weeks.
Notably JOK, AJ Green and D’Ernest Johnson have stepped up in that unit.
— MoreForYouCleveland (@MoreForYou_CLE) September 20, 2021
2. Harrison Bryant
Harrison Bryant is really nice with it pic.twitter.com/ukyOuI5KYI
— rj (@CalebWiIIiams) September 21, 2021
BR Logic: Because the Browns have Austin Hooper and David Njoku who are the more established and higher salaried players in the tight end position, Harrison Bryant, in the second year of his rookie contract, is expendable.
This is crazy thinking on the part of BR.
To begin with, Kevin Stefanski is known for carrying many tight ends and his multiple tight end sets.
Second, the Browns already lost tight end Stephen Carlson for the season.
The Browns would not consider putting a young player like Bryant on the trading block especially when their mantra for drafting players is building for the future.
Bryant could be a Brown much longer than Austin Hooper, and he is going to see his share of playing time especially with wide receiver Jarvis Landry on IR.
3. Andrew Billings
BR Logic: Billings, who opted out in 2020 for COVID-19 reasons, has not found a foothold in this roster.
He is being overshadowed by the Malik brothers, McDowell and Jackson, who are both new to the team in 2021.
Once again, BR is not totally off base about Billings getting a little bit lost in the shuffle; however, the Browns had so many issues with depth in 2020, that Billings brings necessary depth to the roster.
Will he be the star or get the lion’s share of the defensive snaps?
Maybe not, but there is a place for him on the roster in a backup capacity.
— Andrew Billings (@BillingsAndrew) August 19, 2021
We are 3 games in on a long 17 game season with hopefully playoff games added to that number.
At this point, no one from the Browns should be traded.
The team has barely played enough together (especially with limited play of veterans in preseason) to know its true identity.
Stats leaders and stars will probably vary from game to game so it is way too early to be suggesting anyone should be traded.