The Cleveland Browns can’t bank on Josh Gordon returning at any time, and with Kenny Britt’s struggles this preseason despite signing a lucrative contract, the only receiver who has stepped up is second-year man Corey Coleman, who has had an up-and-down start to his young career due to injuries.
That’s why it’s no surprise that Sunday morning, Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reported that he was hearing that the Browns were “researching a trade for a receiver.” How would Grossi know such a thing? If I had to guess, one of his beat reporter connections from another team probably relayed a report about their team fielding a call from Cleveland.
I'm hearing the Browns are researching trading for a receiver. They know they need help there.— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) August 27, 2017
Could one of those receivers be Jarvis Landry of the Miami Dolphins? Entering the final year of his contract, Miami one report said they were interested in yielding a high return for him as they try to commit to DeVante Parker instead.
Heard this morning the Browns are shopping for a receiver. Hmm.... https://t.co/qnwsisrnj3— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) August 27, 2017
However, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase shot down the report, saying they are not fielding any trade calls for Landry.
Phillip Dorsett, a former first-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts, is another receiver whose name has come up as being on the trading block. But his first two years have been regarded as a bit of a letdown, and Cleveland might be seeking a player with a different skill set. The Browns will have first crack at the waiver wire when cuts come down the pipe after the fourth preseason game, so they wouldn’t need to trade for a young bubble player. If there is a vested veteran, though, they could toss a pick someone’s way to add some experience to the back end of the depth chart.