Browns Eagles Swap Picks
NFL Draft: Winners and losers from the Browns-Eagles blockbuster trade
By Will Brinson
Robert Griffin III: While it's possible the Browns could still take a quarterback in this draft, it sure looks likely that RG3 is going to be the guy for Cleveland in 2016. Having to deal with a rookie quarterback breathing down his neck wouldn't have been good for anyone involved and now the Browns can just see if they can revive Griffin's career. He might not be great and he might not be good. But he's going to get a chance at redemption.
Browns front office: What a coup for Cleveland here to land all these picks. The “Moneyball” portion of the program is in full swing -- get as many picks as possible and try to stockpile young talent. Adding an extra first-round pick for next year is huge and the Browns should come out of the first two days of the draft holding some serious talent in an attempt to replenish their roster. They didn't fall to far at No. 8, especially with quarterbacks going early, and should still land a high-quality prospect with their third pick.
Paxton Lynch: The third-ranked quarterback (but not consensus ranked necessarily) in this draft class is going to shoot up draft boards thanks to the sudden shortage of signal callers. Wentz and Goff are gone off the board, which means anyone who needs a quarterback (Bills, Jets, Broncos) suddenly needs to contemplate making a move up the board. Remember the 49ers linger at No. 7 overall. Good news for the Ravens as well.
Chargers: With quarterbacks going No. 1 and No. 2 the Chargers get the “first” pick in the draft. They can take whoever they want, because they weren't looking quarterback withPhilip Rivers on the roster. Plus, all of the leverage now shifts to San Diego. Everyone knows the Cowboys (also a winner!) want to nab Jalen Ramsey out of Florida State. If the Bolts are interested in acquiring more picks and/or don't love Ramsey or Laremy Tunsil (a logical No. 3 pick) they can swing this pick to someone who might really want Ramsey. Or just flip spots with the Cowboys and pick up an extra selection to guarantee Dallas gets what it wants.
Sam Bradford/Chase Daniel: The good news for Bradford and Daniel is they're guaranteed a lot of money!
The Eagles guaranteed $34 million to Sam Bradford ($22M) and Chase Daniel ($12M).— Dave Richard (@daverichard) April 20, 2016
The bad news is they're clearly not the future in Philadelphia. The Eagles have their eyes on someone else (again, presumably Wentz) and it means that both Bradford and Daniel are, at best, bridge quarterbacks. Bradford could be done in a single year even though he's already owed a $4 million roster bonus due next March.
Daniel is making $7 million a year for the next three years but isn't expensive to cut after two. Clearly he's a safety net in the event of a Bradford injury and
Howie Roseman: Have loved almost all of the moves Howie's made this offseason, but now the Eagles are in short supply when it comes to their draft selections. They will use their only top-75 pick on a quarterback and will have just seven selections in this draft. They don't have a first-round pick next year or a third-round pick in 2018.
If Wentz isn't the franchise quarterback Roseman thinks he is, this is going to blow up in his face badly. If Wentz is great obviously Roseman moves into the winners portion here. But he just hitched his career to a kid from North Dakota State with 612 career college passing attempts.
Browns' fans: Even though this is a great deal for the Browns because they load up on tons of picks, it's not going to make things easy for Cleveland fans. There won't likely be a quarterback and this team is going to stink (very badly) in 2016. Which means Browns fans have no real hope outside of “hey this team has lots of picks” which is great unless you're a Browns fan and watched this team take combos like Trent Richardson/Brandon Weeden, Justin Gilbert/Johnny Manziel and Danny Shelton/Cameron Erving in years past. What can go wrong??