According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Cleveland Browns have talked to a number of teams about trading for an offensive lineman. Garafolo follows that up that it could possibly be for an offensive tackle.
From @NFLGameDay: The #Browns want to see a calmer Baker Mayfield with quieter footwork in the pocket. But at some point they might address the protection in front of him, as they’ve explored OL trade possibilities. pic.twitter.com/pJVQSeYPEn— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 29, 2019
Prior to Week 1, the Browns made two trades for offensive line depth, acquiring Wyatt Teller and Justin McCray. Both players were considered as candidates to start at right guard if things didn’t go well for Eric Kush. Kush has been OK through three games, so the jury is still out there. At right tackle, though, things haven’t been as good for Chris Hubbard. Hubbard is currently dealing with a foot injury; McCray replaced him last week, and will probably start again today. But, the team could also be seeking a new left tackle, and then moving Robinson over to right tackle.
One would figure that at this point, the Browns would be less concerned about trading picks for more depth players. If they are thinking about a trade now, it’ll be for a player who they think can start and be a definite upgrade over who they currently have.
Garafolo also addressed a few other things:
- The Browns want Baker Mayfield to step up in the pocket more and keep his feet calmer there and not just try to escape immediately.
- They are hopeful that the return next week of Antonio Callaway to the offense will help.