According to ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns have made a trade with the Buffalo Bills. Cleveland will be sending wide receiver Corey Coleman to the Bills in exchange for a late-round draft pick. This move is intriguing, that’s for sure.
Cleveland is trading former first-round pick WR Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills for a draft pick, per source.
Coleman was the player the Browns selected after trading the No. 2 overall pick to Philadelphia so the Eagles could draft Carson Wentz.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 6, 2018
Coleman’s exit from Cleveland brings clarity and relief for a seemingly overstaffed receiving corps for the Browns. Cleveland had already acquired Jarvis Landry via a trade in the spring while signing Josh Gordon to a new deal and drafting Damion Ratley and Antonio Callaway in the 2018 NFL Draft. To top that off, the Browns have been linked to the race of potential teams to sign free agent Dez Bryant. For some, it felt like there are/were too many high-caliber receivers on the team already for the Browns to be able to benefit from the talent they acquired due to the fact that someone would have to be the odd man out. Well, it appears that man is Coleman.
The 15th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, Coleman has not performed to the best of his ability since becoming a pro. During his three seasons at Baylor University, Coleman played in 34 games, accounting for 173 receptions, 3009 yards and 33 touchdowns. During two seasons with the Browns, the 24-year-old has played in a total of 19 games, acquiring 718 yards from 56 receptions and scoring five touchdowns. Those numbers clearly show a decline for Coleman since joining the NFL. To his credit, Coleman was injured with a broken hand in each of his two seasons in Cleveland.
This marks the second notable trade between the Browns and the Bills in 2018. Back in March, the Bills traded quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Browns in exchange for a third-round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The plan general manager John Dorsey and head coach Hue Jackson is to have Taylor be the bridge quarterback to allow Baker Mayfield, the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, to sit for the entire season so that he can learn and acclimate himself to the game at the NFL level, though it doesn’t seem like Taylor will let things be that easy.