The Latest News Coming from Cleveland
Well, there are other things going on in the world of sports – outside of the NBA Finals. The Browns are making moves both by acquisition and departure, hopefully they were the correct ones. Meanwhile, a possible issue could be looming for one of the team’s better players.
The Trade (Heard Round the World?)
I am being a tad facetious when I mention the swapping of underachieving athletes between the Browns and the Jets. The Browns sent linebacker Demario Davis to his former club and agreed to take Calvin Pryor (the former first round safety from the University of Louisville). I am hoping that Pryor can fill in at the strong safety role for the orange and brown – while rookie Jabril Peppers plays a hybrid linebacker/safety role. It’s a boom or bust proposition made by the Brown; a gamble I would prefer over Demario Davis.
Potential Contract Dispute?
It will be interesting to determine whether running back Isaiah Crowell will be on the roster for several more years or just though the 2017 campaign. The veteran signed a restricted free agent tender a couple months ago, guaranteeing his spot on the club this year. What will happen after this occurs? The Browns have Duke Johnson and newly acquired Matthew Dayes to compete at the running back position. I would venture that the team would add another talented runner to this group if they wanted to get rid of Crowell. I would prefer the team keeps the veteran on this team, but that is the nature of the business – anywhere the team can upgrade, they should do it.
Before he could even put the pads on and get ready for training camp, Tyvis Powell was let go by the orange and brown. Personally, I would have liked for him to compete on the gridiron to see what will be the best combination of safeties for this franchise. However, the team did not agree with me and they will go the other direction. I sincerely hope that Derrick Kindred and Ed Reynolds step up and provide solid play at that position. Anything similar to what we saw in 2016 and the Browns are in trouble this fall.
Conclusion: There were some under the radar rumblings for the Cleveland NFL franchise at this point in the season. I firmly believe they will be improved from a year ago – but am far from confident that they are making all the correct decisions. Hopefully the team has taken to the new leadership (especially on defense) and fans will see an up close difference during next month’s practices.