The Browns plan to target five players at the trade deadline.

The Browns plan to target five players at the trade deadline.

The Browns have assets that could be big contributors at the trade deadline.
Who could he look up to?
The NFL trade deadline is just 5 days away.
Despite the entire roster signing massive contracts and no first-round pick in next year’s draft, the Cleveland Browns have the ammunition they need to become a major player.

Cleveland has $34 million in cap space, but will need most of that next season to help the Browns pay back their massive investments in Deshaun Watson and general manager Andrew Berry on the offensive line and defense.
However, the Browns should be able to sign one of the best players on the market if they want to.
The uncertainty surrounding Watson’s shoulder injury and his ability to be consistent when healthy will require the Browns to seriously consider a roster overhaul to avoid missing out on a chance to make the playoffs.
Here are the players to target as the Halloween deadline approaches:

October 15, 2023; London, England; Derrick Henry (22) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL International Series game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

RB Derrick Henry

Even if his efficiency is low this season, many teams would like to acquire Henry’s services.
He is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, his lowest mark since 2021, when he played in just eight games.
Since 2019, he has averaged no more than 5 yards per carry.

It may not be the same, but the Browns could use Henry after the uneven production they saw in the running back department after Nick Chubb suffered a season-ending injury in Week 2.
Henry could still be an upgrade as he has averaged 3.9 yards per carry since then.

November 6, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Denico Autry (96) celebrates after the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
MR Denico Autry

Autry is coming off a standout four-sack season, and the Titans could be acquiring their best defensive player after trading C Kevin Byard to the Eagles.
The Browns have already built a defensive beast, but that shouldn’t stop them from pursuing the additional upgrades Autry provides.
But the biggest reason Autry joined the Browns may have been his familiarity with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who was a defensive assistant for the Titans in 2021-22.
Autry has 17 combined sacks in two seasons and, at 33, can play anywhere along the defensive line at a high level.
September 17, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Washington Commanders at Empower Field in Mile High.

WR Jerry Jewdy

The Browns thought they entered the season with a great group of receivers, but Amari Cooper has been the only pass rusher to show consistent production thus far.
Elijah Moore and Donovan Pence-Jones have yet to score once, and third-round rookie Cedric Tillman has caught just one pass all year.

 

The Browns need another player in the game, and Jewdy figures to be one of the first available next Tuesday.
His potential was never realized in a full season in Denver, but working in a new offense could give him a boost.

 

The Browns would do well to watch his price.
It may be difficult considering Jewdy has one year left on his contract, but the Browns shouldn’t rely on Cooper to be their only reliable receiver for the next two seasons.

 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars D’Ernest Johnson (25) scores a punt return during the second quarter of a preseason game Saturday, Aug.
8.
February 26, 2023 at Everbank Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.
[Cory Perrin/Florida Times Union]

 

RB Dernest Johnson

 

If the Browns are looking for a cheaper but still effective boost to their running game, Johnson could provide that.
Not much has been asked of him since signing with the Jaguars as a free agent this offseason, but that’s because the Jaguars signed Travis Etienne Jr. And newcomer Tank Bigsby has done most of the work.

 

Johnson has averaged 5.2 yards per carry for his career, and it won’t be long before he’s back in Cleveland’s playbook, where he’s spent the past four seasons.
He could also take over the kick return duties, but his priority will be to provide a spark for a Browns offense that may need more than what Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt have produced since Chubb fell.

 

Washington Commanders quarterback Jacoby Brissett (12) passes the ball during the Week 3 NFL game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Washington Commanders at FedEx Field in Landover on Saturday, August 8.
February 26, 2023

 

QB Jacoby Brissett

 

With Watson coming off Sunday’s win over the Colts after aggravating a shoulder injury, this may be the most talked about trade opportunity for the Browns, and Cleveland is also considering it.
It’s highly unlikely that the Browns can continue to win games with P.J. Walker QB.
Yes, he orchestrated two game-winning drives, but he didn’t miss a drive against the 49ers.
Against the Colts, his driving was better and he made three big plays, but he survived a questionable penalty and shouldn’t inspire much confidence in Walker’s ability to continue as a backup.

 

The Browns need someone better.
What if Deshaun Watson misses more games after Week 8?
Can you trust Walker, who is averaging 4.7 yards per game with zero tackles and three interceptions, to keep the offense going?
Brissett proved he can work with the Browns last year and will need some time to adjust to the offense and build immediate chemistry with his receivers.
If the Chiefs are willing to part ways with him, it probably won’t cost the Browns much.
Anthony Poisal is a freelance writer covering the Cleveland Browns for BetOhio.com.
He previously worked as a writer for the Browns’ team website and is a graduate of Ohio State University.

 

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