The Cleveland Browns continue to be one of several teams rumored to be looking to make a deal before the NFL trading deadline hits at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
One player that could be available is defensive back T.J. Carrie, who is among a group of older defensive backs that might be on the move, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
Veteran defensive backs with big contracts such as T.J. Carrie of the Browns, Reshad Jones of the Dolphins, Josh Norman of the Redskins and Janoris Jenkins of the Giants are among those being shopped. If they are dealt, it’s unlikely it will be for much given the age and contract.
That type of deal would make sense for the Browns as long as the team is confident that cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams are over their hamstring issues. Both players have been out since Week 2 but are expected to play today. If they hold up, Carrie, who has two years remaining on his contract, could be deemed expendable.
The Browns, as everyone who has watched the team play this season, are also still in the market for an offensive tackle and Rapoport reports that if the Redskins do hold firm to the idea of keeping Trent Williams until the offseason, that general manager John Dorsey could turn is gaze to another team in the NFC East:
The Browns haven’t been shy about their desire for an offensive tackle, though they’ve been shut down every time they’ve asked about Redskins left tackle Trent Williams. One potential name to watch is Eagles reserve tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai, or Big V. Several teams have been keeping an eye on him, so Philly may have a real market. But they could also re-sign him in the offseason or simply keep him for depth, so that factors into the price.
While you have to take into account that he is trying to block Myles Garrett here, we’re not so sure how comfortable quarterback Baker Mayfield would be with Vaitai guarding his blind side:
Finally, Rapoport says there could be some movement among the wide receiver group:
Speaking of the Browns, they could also deal some WR depth, but they’d only trade the back-end guys.
While we would like to believe that the “back-end guys” would include the likes of Taywan Taylor, Damion Ratley or KhaDarel Hodge, it is hard to see any of them bringing back much in return. The bigger fear is that Dorsey could view Rashard Higgins as expendable and look to move him in a deal if Higgins shows today that he is recovered from the knee injury that has sidelined him since the Week 1 game against the Tennessee Titans.