Browns trade QB DeShone Kizer to Packers. That's good for all parties


Two months after a winless season mercifully ended, new general manager John Dorsey addressed major roster needs Friday by acquiring mobile quarterback Tyrod Taylor in a deal with Buffalo, wide receiver Jarvis Landry from Miami and cornerback Damarious Randall from Green Bay, a person with direct knowledge of the overhaul told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The Browns are going to likely draft with a quarterback with one of their first-round picks, so the move was inevitable.

By trading Damarious Randall, the Green Bay Packers clear just over $1.4 million in cap space. Granted, he spent most of his one season in Cleveland injured, but I don't think anybody outside of the city was really expecting Griffin to take the reins and run with it.

The incestuous nature of this trade only grows with new Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine being the former Browns head coach. The only appealing option to start there now becomes 2017 second-round pick Kevin King, who nursed a shoulder injury his entire rookie year before ultimately shutting it down to have surgery.

The moves makes sense for both teams. The Packers went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008. He threw 22 interceptions, tanking an offense that had a good offensive line and decent rushing attack. Landry has been selected to three consecutive Pro Bowls and has 400 receptions, an National Football League record for a fourth-year player.

Improving the backup quarterback position as well as your draft status could usually mean you are giving up a coveted asset in return, but the Packers only had to part with Randall.

Josh Gordon #12 Rashard Higgins #81 and Corey Coleman #19. |Mary Kay Cabot
Josh Gordon #12 Rashard Higgins #81 and Corey Coleman #19. |Mary Kay Cabot

Why did the Packers trade for Kizer?

Randall's time in Green Bay was a colossal disappointment after being drafted in the first round out of Arizona State. It's fine to be prepared, but starter-caliber corners don't grow on trees. They could bundle those picks to move up, but that's hardly the selling point of the deal.

The swapping of fourth- and fifth-round picks represents a nice little jolt for the Packers, who now have the most picks in the draft. Add a free agent or two and a draft pick or two and the Packers will be fine at cornerback.

And the makeover came as the team awaits word from Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas on his future.

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