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Browns trade QB David Blough to Lions, with a bit of a cocky trade parameter

The trade implies that the Browns know they’ll finish with a better record than Detroit in the 2021 season.

NFL: Preseason-Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t know how they keep doing it, but the Cleveland Browns have a thing for finding a suitor to in trading their fourth string quarterback at the end of the camp. They did it with Kevin Hogan a couple of years ago, and on Friday, they did it with David Blough. The Lions got an up-close look at Blough when they faced him on Thursday; the rookie quarterback went 11-of-17 for 115 yards and 2 interceptions.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns traded Blough to the Lions, and in the deal, both teams are swapping their 7th round picks in 2022. Basically, it’s one of those trades where Detroit says, “Hey, we’d like to get Blough without having to risk a team in front of us on waivers claiming him.”

The bit of cockiness in the trade parameter is the fact that both teams are swapping their 7th round picks in 2022. The only way that would be beneficial to the Browns is that, for the 2021 season, Cleveland finishes with a better record than Detroit. If Detroit finished with a better record than Cleveland, then the Browns would actually lose value in the trade.

Granted, it’s basically meaningless in the whole grand scheme of things, but it’s a little amusing to think about the unique implication of the trade.