After speculating all offseason that the Cleveland Browns could be looking to trade WR Corey Coleman, some of that talk fizzled out now that we are two weeks into training camp. Then, out of the blue, ESPN’s Adam Schefter dropped the bombshell Sunday night that the Browns are trading Coleman to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a “future draft pick.”
Cleveland is trading former first-round pick WR Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills for a draft pick, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 6, 2018
Coleman was the player the Browns selected after trading the No. 2 overall pick to Philadelphia so the Eagles could draft Carson Wentz.
As of this post, we don’t know the exact compensation; the only person who has mentioned any clue is Ian Rapoport, who called it a late-round pick. But with how good WR Antonio Callaway and WR Rashard Higgins have performed in camp, it may have been easier to let Coleman depart. What would really fit the storyline here is if the team has inside knowledge that WR Josh Gordon will be back soon, but even with as well as he has done this offseason, the team can’t put that much faith in him, right?
UPDATE: The compensation is basically nothing: a 7th round pick in 2020, per Schefter:
Compensation update: Cleveland traded former first-round pick, WR Corey Coleman, to the Buffalo Bills for a seventh-round pick in 2020, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 6, 2018
DBN’s Mike Hoag has more on the matter here, and whether this is a big blunder by GM John Dorsey.