The Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars conspired on Friday to grab the headlines when the former sent running back Carlos Hyde to the latter in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick. However, it wasn’t what the Browns originally wanted in return.
According to Michael Silver of the NFL Network, the Browns intended to get a receiver, but the Jags weren’t okay with the idea because of the simple reason that their receiving corps is slim.
More on the Carlos Hyde trade: The Jaguars initiated the talks yesterday. At one point the Browns broached the idea of trading for a receiver, but the Jags are thin at the position and were unwilling to part with any of theirs. Jags are in win-now mode, thrilled with the deal.
The Jaguars seem to be unwilling to wait for running back Leonard Fournette to get back to his 100 percent form, as evidenced by their trade for Carlos Hyde. The Jags felt they needed to make a drastic move following two-straight losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys in Weeks 5 and 6, respectively. Over their last three games, the Jaguars have averaged just 97.3 rushing yards, which is way below than the 141.2 rushing yards per contest they put up a season ago.
As for the Browns, another receiver would have been fantastic for their offense that’s only 23rd in the league in passing yards per game (228.5).