National Football League notebook: Packers trade Randall to Browns for QB Kizer

New Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley now knows he'll be working with veteran quarterback Tyord Taylor and he knows he'll have 100-catch receiver Jarvis Landry to throw

National Football League notebook: Packers trade Randall to Browns for QB Kizer

The Browns sent a third-round pick to Buffalo for Taylor, and fourth- and seventh-round picks to Miami for Landry.

The move came as one of many attempts from the Browns to help revamp their roster following a disastrous 0-16 campaign in 2017.

We would have preferred the latter route, but, again, we understand the Browns' plan.

The Cleveland Browns had a busy end to the work week with a series of trades that suggest they're going to select Saquon Barkley with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Drafting a quarterback with the first overall pick would ensure that the Browns would have a young quarterback to groom for a year while Taylor starts. The last image we have of him, of course, is leaving that playoff game with a concussion, but Taylor started 43 of a possible 48 games during three seasons in Buffalo.

Maclin is coming off a disappointing 2017 season in which he only hauled in 40 receptions for 440 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games played. All of them are proven quarterbacks who have the talent to be great National Football League quarterbacks.

Tyrod Taylor gives the Browns their first legitimate quarterback in a really long time.

-Nick Foles hears numerous swirling offseason trade rumors, but the Super Bowl LII Most Valuable Player prefers not to talk about them. He says as long as they don't figure out the quarterback position, they won't be a better team.

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Ballard even said they will take calls up to the last minute during the draft.

"Beyond the Playbook" correspondent Matt Sabuda believes the trade now gives the Bills the currency needed to move up in the draft to target one of the highly touted quarterback prospects. "I think this is probably a several-year rebuilding program".

NFL Network and ESPN reported the move was imminent due to Mitchell's scheduled salary of more than $8 million for next season.

Sashi Brown was tasked with accumulating draft picks and creating cap space when he was promoted from salary cap guru to Executive Vice President of Football Operations in January 2016. None of them has done enough to have solidified a future with the organization. Teams will let Landry catch the ball, because he's not threatening. He will not be inheriting that if he goes to Cleveland. That said, the eighth-year quarterback does share some similar traits in that he is quite mobile can be a legitimate threat with his feet that allows to extend plays or pick yards on the run. Sam Darnold showed that he had the ability to perform despite not having a great offensive line. The Browns overnight have become a team that, at the very least, we all need to pay attention too.

Cleveland selected the rifle-armed Kizer in the second round last year, and after a unusual training camp in which he passed both Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler on the depth chart, the 22-year-old was named the Browns' starter by coach Hue Jackson.

It will be interesting to see which players can be convinced to take it despite the ugliness of the Browns' 1-31 record under Jackson. I think that this would be the best move for the Browns because you just can not pass up on the QB talent in this draft.

"As stressful as it may seem, I try to enjoy it and I'm happy".

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