NFL Offseason Diary: Browns make waves and Sherman shocks the World

As we close in on the start of free-agency and the 2018 NFL draft, it’s only natural that we should have some player movement around the league. This week saw the Cleveland Browns add three new players to their roster and saw veteran cornerback, Richard Sherman, leave the Seattle Seahawks to join San Francisco 49ers.

BROWNS

To kick off their monster week of trading, the Browns decided to try and give Josh Gordon a friend to catch balls with and add another receiver. The receiver in question was Jarvis Landry of the Miami Dolphins who arrived in Cleveland for a 2018 fourth round pick (No. 123) and a 2019 seventh round pick. Not bad business for a three-time Pro bowler.

The next rather gaping hole the Browns had to fill was their quarterback slot as the search continues for a franchise QB in Cleveland continues. The man they selected was pro bowler Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills and they surrendered their top pick in the third round to bring him in.

The final offerings of the week from the Browns saw flop QB, DeShone Kizer, head to Green Bay to play back up to veteran QB Aaron Rodgers. In the other direction went Cornerback, Damarious Randall as well as the sides swapping their fourth and fifth round picks in the 2018 draft. They also managed to offload defensive tackle, Danny Shelton, to the New England Patriots for a third-round pick in 2019.

You might think all of this would leave the Browns a little short on draft picks. Well, you would be wrong. Browns General Manager, John Dorsey, came into this trading frenzy with 12 2018 picks at his disposal. After sending a fourth rounder to Miami, a third rounder to Buffalo and swapping fourth and fifth rounders with the Packers, they still have 9 picks left. Could this be the year we finally see Cleveland win some games and possibly even get to the playoffs? Only time will tell.

Richard Sherman

Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman has been a fan favourite in Seattle for years, but last week he announced on a radio show that he would be cut from the team.

Then, he shocked the world as he decided to switch to the Seahawks’ NFC West divisional rivals, and the team he stopped from reaching the Superbowl four years ago with a late interception, San Francisco 49ers.

Sherman has signed a three-year deal worth $39million that is laden with incentive and he joins a team very much on the up after a very slow start to last season. They went 0-11 in the first 11 games of the season until they started playing brand new QB Jimmy Garroppolo who went on to win his first five games to help the team to a 5-11 finish.

Sherman was very pleased with the move and he told ESPN’s Josina Anderson: “I’m thankful to John [Lynch, 49ers GM] and Kyle [Shanahan, 49ers coach] for believing in me,” Sherman told Anderson. “Some smaller details still getting ironed out, but #ShermInTheBay.” It will certainly be very interesting to see if the move works out. One thing is for certain, there will be a lot of people looking forward to his return to Seattle next season.

Edited by Matthew Cooper

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