Report: Browns trying to trade Darren Fells
The new league year does not start until Wednesday, but that is not stopping teams from making deals, in principle, with each other. The Cleveland Browns have been active on that front already.
In the latest news from Browns camp is that they are looking to trade tight end Darren Fells, per Pro Football Talk.
The five-year veteran is mostly a blocker, accumulating 68 catches in his career. His playing percentages show him as more of a special teams player last season with 40 percent of those plays and 38.5 percent of offensive snaps.
With the likes of 2017 first rounder, David Njoku, it makes sense for the Browns to work to get Fells’ three million dollars off the books for the upcoming season. If not, they can cut him for a $1.4 million cap hit according to Spotrac.
It did not take long for the first suitor to rise up in the Twitter-sphere. The New York Jets appear to be interested in Fells, per Manish Mehta. If this is truly just about getting money off the books, then the Jets can get Fells pretty cheap.
Browns are shopping TE Darren Fells, per @ProFootballTalk ….
Jets have had internal discussions about trading for him, per sources.
NYJ is in the market for a blocking TE. pic.twitter.com/yx8DYMS6Lb
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) March 10, 2019
A long shot team that might be interested down the road is the Detroit Lions. Fells played there before, and they might be a good fit. Head coach Matt Patricia likes to run out of heavy schemes, and having Fells means more protection. However, it would likely mean moving on from Luke Willson, which seems unlikely.
The Lions are not at all likely, though seem like a fit. In all likelihood, the Browns will have to cut him and take the cap hit if the Jets aren’t interested.
As always, suitors will pop up out of nowhere, and the Browns will be eager to hear from them.