Kevin Crompton – Sports Editor
The NFL offseason has been hectic. Big name players have been shifted around throughout the league and for those of us who eat, sleep, and breathe all things football, free agency has been sensational. The Cleveland Browns have made some of the most stimulating moves, acquiring former Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, and former Green Bay Packers defensive back Damarious Randall, just to name a few. As far as the offseason goes — yes, the Browns have been stimulating. That being said, only time will tell if Cleveland can keep their fans happy when the season is underway, but then again, fans should not be too hard to please, after witnessing their team record just the second 0-16 season in NFL history.
Landry was acquired via trade. A trade that the Browns won. Receiving one of the most athletic players in the league in exchange for a fourth and seventh round pick is a no brainer. In 2017 Landry had his best season reception (112) and touchdown wise (9). He continued to be the go to guy for Miami on must-covert first down situations and shows no signs of slowing down.
While Taylor receives his fair share of criticism and was even benched in 2017 — which I believe was a terrible decision by Sean McDermott — he is an upgrade from DeShone Kizer. Taylor is experienced, unlike Kizer, and has one of the strongest arms in the league. While consistency has been a problem for Taylor, he has shown flashes of brilliances. If he can build chemistry with Landry and Cleveland’s star receiver Josh Cribbs, expect some first-class highlights.
The Browns aren’t going anywhere in 2018. They will not make the playoffs and will not be an above .500 team. However, they are taking the proper steps and moving in the right direction. They have 12 total picks in the 2018 draft including the first overall. With only more young talent coming their way, expect the Cleveland Browns to be playoff contenders — eventually.