The Cleveland Browns are in a peculiar situation right now regarding the quarterback position. Even so, the rest of the roster is stacked nicely, making this team an intriguing playoff contender with or without Deshaun Watson. Regardless, the front office might consider making some deals to better their chances next year. For that reason, we look at three potential trade candidates on the Browns roster entering training camp.
This franchise should be looking to make some trades right now. Especially considering they're set up to have a massive year in 2023. Finding a way to gain extra future draft picks would be smart for the Browns, as they have a chance to set themselves up nicely for years to come.
Cleveland has a plethora of tight ends and could afford to let one go for some extra draft compensation down the road. Meanwhile, having Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney reunited, the Browns may opt to move on from a backup pass rusher. Lastly, after the run game flourished without Kareem Hunt last year, the front office may look to move on from him to clear up cap space.
With that said, here are three potential trade candidates on the Browns roster entering training camp.
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Browns training camp trade candidates
3. Miller Forristall
David Njoku is going to be the starting option and should be in for a big season. Meanwhile, Harrison Bryant has proven to be a reliable backup option so far in his career. Miller Forristall is battling it out for the third spot on the depth chart and he could be the odd man out. The Browns brought in two rookies and have Nakia Griffin-Stewart on the roster as well. So trading Forristall could be in the cards for the front office.
2. Chase Winovich
Cleveland signed Chase Winovich in the offseason, which was a brilliant move at the time. However, Jadeveon Clowney re-signed as well, giving the Browns plenty of options on the defensive line. It's more likely the front office keeps him in Cleveland. But if they wanted to, they certainly could regain some draft capital in dealing him away.
We'll see how it plays out, as Chase Winovich should be a great rotational option for the Browns. Regardless, with the franchise potentially missing the playoffs because Watson can't control himself, Cleveland should look to acquire a draft pick by trading Winovich away during the preseason.
1. Kareem Hunt
The Browns proved they don't need Kareem Hunt in the lineup after D'Ernest Johnson became a reliable option in the backfield. Cleveland is going to utilize Nick Chubb often but they enjoy using a backup running back as well. Johnson has a much cheaper contract and Hunt would reel in better trade value.
It would be a bold move to make for the Browns, but it makes all of the sense in the world. They have a ton of talented running backs on the roster and won't be utilizing all of them. Many are speculating that D'Ernest Johnson could be traded instead, however, considering Kareem Hunt is viewed as a more valuable asset, Cleveland may opt to trade him to a running back needy franchise.