John Dorsey has already made a gigantic splash – and no he did not jump in Lake Erie with Hue Jackson. At least not yet.
Friday, Dorsey broke Browns Twitter as he traded a 2018 fourth-round pick (No. 123) and a 2019 seventh-rounder for WR Jarvis Landry. Less than an hour later, he traded a third-round pick (No. 65) for QB Tyrod Taylor. After all that, Dorsey traded QB DeShone Kizer to the Packers for CB Damarious Randall and also swapped some late-round picks, too. Saturday morning Dorsey dished Danny Shelton to the Patriots for a fifth-round pick this year and a 2019 third rounder…Phew, a lot of work.
Trades aside, Dorsey has already gotten a commitment from some free agents that will immensely help the Browns moving forward.
Dorsey has already begun to bolster the offensive line. Yesterday he added former Steelers OT Chris Hubbard to an attractive five-year deal. Former Broncos OT Donald Stephenson is also signing a contract with the Browns for one-year. Browns are also expected to add depth at the DE position, signing former Bengal Chris Smith to a three-year contract.
Additionally, the Browns brought in former Ohio State Buckeye and 49er running back, Carlos Hyde, to a three-year deal. Browns brought in TE Darren Fells on a three-year deal to add more depth at that position. The last move (so far) has been bringing in former Kansas City Chiefs CB Terrance Mitchell for three years.
While there is no question that Dorsey has completely knocked free agency out of the park thus far, his work is probably not yet done. It is imaginable that Dorsey has an estimated $50 million to work with.
While it is easy to get riled up over offseason signings, Dorsey and the “new Browns” have yet to make a draft selection. Regardless of what they have done thus far, it is critical for them to execute well in the draft as well as picking up a few more free agents along the way. These signings are definitely a great deal of help, but capitalizing in the draft is what would really take this team to the next level.
For the Browns, it is time to start winning now. John Dorsey realizes that and is capitalizing on the opportunity.
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