Any team that is 1-5 could use some help to bolster the talent on their roster, including the Cleveland Browns.
The many weaknesses of the Browns have been pointed out during their five-game losing streak and even in the win over the Bengals.
The good thing for the Browns was that the NFL and the NFLPA agreed to move the trading deadline from Week 6 to Week 8. The move has a twofold benefit. It gives teams more time to evaluate each others' rosters, and it gives teams a longer period into the season to make a trade due to an injury.
In the case of the Cleveland Browns, it gives the coaching staff a couple more weeks to see if the light comes on for some of the young players on the roster.
The Browns also have to decide if they want to alter the chemistry of the team.
Even though they only have one win, the Browns made an organizational decision to go with a young team that could grow up together. If they bring in a player from another team, the fit has to be correct.
The Browns also have a number of looming roster decisions that the extra two weeks will give them time to sort out.
They have Phil Taylor getting ready to come off the physically unable to perform list, they can bring Jordan Norwood back from the Injured Reserved designated to return list in eight weeks and they may have to put Scott Fujita on the Injured Reserved list with a neck injury.
Let’s take a look at five ways they could deal with these roster issues.
1. Trade for a Veteran Wide Receiver
While Josh Gordon has started to emerge as a deep touchdown threat, the Browns still need a reliable, veteran wide receiver for Brandon Weeden. The Browns should call the Eagles to see if Jason Avant is available in a trade.
2. Make Colt McCoy available
Brandon Weeden has played well enough to establish himself as the starter in the coach’s eyes. Colt McCoy hasn’t made any waves about not being the starter, but he could bring back some value in a trade.
3. The secondary needs some help
The Browns could help themselves by making a deal for help at the corner or safety position. When Joe Haden was out, it showed how little depth they have at the position. Dimitri Patterson is out with an injury and depending on how bad it is, it could be time to make a move.
4. Linebacker is becoming an area of need for the Browns
The status of Scott Fujita is up in the air, which leaves D’Qwell Jackson and Kaluka Maiava as the only experienced linebackers on the roster. The Browns have a lot of youth at the linebacker position, but it needs to be balanced out with experience.
5. The Browns need a new lead blocker
The Browns keep lining up in the standard I formation and get virtually no yards. They also keep throwing to fullback Owen Marecic, and he keeps dropping the ball. In my opinion, they need to trade for another fullback or let Marecic go. Trent Richardson is his own best blocker.
One thing most people can agree on, is the Browns have stuck with their youth movement plan, so I don’t expect them to make a move at the trade deadline.
They like their team and don’t seem to be in the mood to change anything. If anything I can see them signing a free agent or putting players on full-season Injured Reserve.
Another problem for the Browns is that they don’t have a lot of players who they can trade and they are already down one draft pick in 2013.
Needless to say, the options for the deals will be limited.
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