Dec 22, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) rushes with the football after catching a pass during the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns Trade Solutions At Wide Receiver


Ray Farmer insists the Cleveland Browns have options to upgrade at wide receiver following the draft.  Is he wrong?  Not entirely.  Remember the Browns have an extra first round pick courtesy of their trade with Buffalo for Sammy Watkins.  So they have flexibility to go get a player on the market they might covet.  Here are just a few names to at least consider.

Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers

It sounds crazy considering what Jordy Nelson has meant to the Green Bay Packers the past few seasons but it’s also important to remember people said the same thing about Greg Jennings and James Jones.  Green Bay does not fear change at the position, and after a draft that added Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis they are in a good position to deal the 28-year old Nelson for the right price.  It would also assist Green Bay with their salary cap, allowing them to focus on retaining Randle Cobb.

Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys

For the time being Dez Bryant remains in the good graces of the Dallas Cowboys but it’s impossible dismiss the periodic headaches he’s brought the team over the past few year.  Add on the fact he’s a free agent in 2015 and things could go sour in a hurry given the Cowboys tight salary cap.  Like Green Bay they had a solid influx of talent at receiver with draft pick Devin Street and undrafted free agent L’Damian Washington.  If they play up their abilities it could give Dallas the green light to unload Bryant to the Cleveland Browns, who have more than enough salary cap to make him happy.

Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins

After signing a huge deal with the Miami Dolphins, fans and indeed some members of the team weren’t happy with the return from receiver Mike Wallace.  That is surprising considering he posted 73 catches for 930 yards and five touchdowns.  Those are not bad numbers especially considering how bad the Dolphins offensive line was.  Still, if the team is interested in unloaded Wallace as rumors have hinted the past few months then the Cleveland Browns should have interest.  Wallace would bring explosiveness to their offense, experience and that #1 receiver swagger.  His hefty cap number would sting, but as stated above the Browns have the space to handle it.

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  • Grammar NotZee

    Didn’t Brandon Coleman sign with New Orleans?

    • Erik Lambert

      Yeah, got my board mixed up. Meant L’Damian Washington. It’s been corrected

  • Letterman007

    How much are you willing to give up to get one of these wide outs? Wouldn’t it have been easier to just draft Evans or Watkins at #4 ? These teams will want at least a first or second round pick for this group!! Watkins or Evans could have developed with Manziel and been a part of this team for years!! What a one two punch they could have had! Makes no sense to not draft one of the two!! If Gordon comes back and they try to trade him now, they won’t get a fourth rounder for him!!

    • Erik Lambert

      Keep in mind Bryant and Nelson are each in the last years of their contracts so the Browns actually might have some leverage because nobody will pay a first or second for players who are about to be free agents. If the Cowboys or Packers feel they won’t be able to re-sign either of those two, then they might gladly accept a third or fourth rounder and the cap relief.

      • Letterman007

        Yes, but we want Dez Bryant in the locker room with Gordon? We can’t keep Gordon on the straight and narrow. Now Bryant? Nelson is OK but not as big a talent in my mind?!

        • Erik Lambert

          Do you honestly think the Browns would risk keeping Gordon if he gets suspended for the season? What if they bring him back and he screws up again? Chances are he’ll be banned permanently. Better to wait until you find a replacement, like a Bryant and then cut ties. People discount Nelson because he’s apparently not that talented yet he’s posted over 1,260 yards in two of the past three seasons while averaging ten touchdowns. Keep in mind a lot of those games were played without Aaron Rodgers.

          • Letterman007

            I would think they would keep him on the roster and see how he does as they aren’t paying him and if they feel he is doing a good job on his rehab, maybe resign him to a minimum contract. why give him up for nothing? If they are going to jettison him and they knew it, why not draft an Evans at # 4 to replace him with!! I don’t want Dez Bryant as you are asking for more trouble again!! Not to mention what he’d do to the locker room! As Pettine puts it, he’s not a Browns type player!!!

          • Erik Lambert

            I say this for Bryant at least. He’s not in danger of being suspended for a full season because he can’t stay away from a little pick-me-up. Headache at times? Absolutely. But a great player who if properly monitored will always produce on Sunday.

          • Letterman007

            Is he an adult, shouldn’t he be able to police himself!? They couldn’t monitor Gordon , what make you think they can handle Dez?

          • Erik Lambert

            Dez is a headache on the sideline. I’d gladly take that over a guy who’s a headache off the field like Gordon.

          • Letterman007

            Good, you can have the job of monitor, no pay!

          • Phillip

            You’re making Dez out to be more a problem than he really is, other than tbe sideline fiasco that was blown completely out of proportion, what he has he done that’s made Dez such a problem the last 2 years?? You need to look more into what the media don’t care to cover rather than just focusing on what they do. When Cowboys players have been asked about Dez, they all love him n say how great a locker room guy he is, and outside of football he’s probably 1 of the most charitable players in the NFL, quit judging a man on his past, only thing Dez has been guilty of the last 2 years is being a little overly emotional on the sideline, n from what I’ve see with Dallas they need anything to put some pep into their step, Dez definitely isn’t near as bad as you try n male it out to be.

          • Letterman007

            I really doubt they will be trading any assets for a wide out! It is plain to see they value defense higher in the new regime, so we can talk all we want, but unless I miss my guess, unless they are cut from a team, the Browns will do with what they have!

        • Phillip

          Jordy, not as big a talent?? Dude Jordy just posted 1,300+ yards with the worst QB play in football last year, there was a stretch of 4 games where Jordy had a total of just 17 targets from Flynn, Jordy is 1 of the few, 13, NFL WRs that fit the criteria as a true #1 WR, people overlook Jordy so much but he has as much talent as 95% of the WR’s in the NFL, speed, hands, route running, name 1 thing that Jordy stuggles with or lacks, can you?? No, you can’t cause he’s as complete a WR as any in the NFL.

          • Letterman007

            As I said below, the new regime is defensive oriented and they will not waste assets on getting another receiver as they showed in the draft! I hope it pays off for them, but it may comeback to bite them too!

      • Phillip

        You can’t have leverage against a team thats not actively shoping the player. There’s no way GB gives Jordy up for a 3 or a 4. Was there a 3 or a 4 in this very deep draft worth trading Jordy for?? No, not even close. GB isn’t about to deal Jordy anyway, you mention Jennings n Jones, well Jordy was a #1 WR behind Jennings, that made him expendable, Boykin made Jones expendable, Abbrederis, Adams or Janis gonna make Jordy expendable?? I don’t think so, and Cobb is a slot guy, there isn’t a player on Green Bay that can make Jordy expendable like Jennings and Jones were made. It was even reported that Jordy’s extension is a priority, they aren’t about to let Jordy go. Miami will owe far too much in guarantees to deal Wallace at this point, its cheaper to keep him with what his dead money will likely be, and Dez will be the same as Jordy, gonna take far more than a 3 or 4 to get him, he’s only like 25 too, he’d definitely cost a #1.

      • Phillip

        And also, if GB was worried about not getting Jordy resigned, his contract he signed alone would net GB a 3rd round comp pick, same goes for Dez.

  • Gioscianna

    I think signing either santonio Holmes or miles Austin would be smart pick ups for the Browns as well.

    • Erik Lambert

      That might be their only hope at this point. They also should keep a sharp eye on practice squads later this year to see if they can pluck some talent that way.

      • Gioscianna

        Agreed but if I were them I would def get some proven veterans that can help with the development of Manziel.

        • Erik Lambert

          No question.

  • http://travisw133.wordpress.com Travis

    None of these even make sense… Wallace is a me first prima donna who is a waste of his contract, then Nelson and Bryant mean too much to their teams to let go. Who the heck do you think they have on their rosters? Oy. None of it works.