As day two of free agency comes to a close we saw relatively few moves for the Cleveland Browns. However, there is one move that may be on the horizon that has been the talk of the day. Day one is always the most active day, but there is still good value to be found on players in day two. Let us take a look at what moves were made or are yet to be made for your Cleveland Browns. Also, if you missed the news from day one, please check out our recap.
We are two for two so far in free agency with veterans being released by Andrew Berry and the front office. Today starting center J.C. Tretter was the latest cap casualty. His release was able to clear up $8.23 million in cap space. The Browns now have about $17 million in cap space to spend on remaining available free agents. We must also remember that a portion must be reserved for the 2022 draft class signings. As of now that number sits at $9.2 million.
Tretter leaves Cleveland after five seasons. He spent two of those years as the President of the Player’s Association. He played at an elite level during his time with the Browns and will truly be missed. There were whispers of this move being a possibility this offseason, but it was not a sure thing like the Jarvis Landry release. Tretter leaves behind Nick Harris as the starting center. Harris has shown improvement throughout the years and even looked good in his one start this past season. That start was against the Green Bay Packers.
Trade Number Two
We also saw a trade take place today. The Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots agreed to a player swap. Linebacker Mack Wilson is headed to the New England Patriots. In return New England is sending Edge rusher Chase Winovich to Cleveland. This is a great trade for both teams. Both of these players are extremely athletic and talented in their own right. The issues for these guys may be scheme or team dependent. Both players were entering their fourth season in the league and may do well with a change of scenery.
Plane Tracking Season
It would not be an offseason in Cleveland sports media if at least one private jet weren’t tracked. Reports surfaced late last night that a private jet belonging to the Haslam family was chartered to fly into Houston sometime Tuesday afternoon. This is when the media frenzy really picked up with rumors of Deshaun Watson being traded to the Cleveland Browns. Last Friday a Grand Jury met in Texas and decided not to pursue criminal charges against Watson in 22 alleged sexual assault cases. That is the news many NFL teams interested in the 26 year old quarterback were waiting to hear.
Reports have been all over the place today, but at this hour it seems that Cleveland, Carolina, New Orleans, and possibly Atlanta may be the final four to land Deshaun. The rumored trade package from Cleveland includes Greg Newsome, Austin Hooper, Kareem Hunt, Baker Mayfield, and multiple draft picks. This situation is very fluid and may have been settled by the time you read this publication.
Looking Ahead To Day Three
There remains one big name that has yet to be signed as we enter day three of the NFL free agency. That would be Jadeveon Clowney. There has been very little news from either camp on news of a deal. One would imagine the release of J.C. Tretter would free money that could eventually be used in a Clowney deal. One would also imagine that any other deals are on hold until the Deshaun Watson saga has been resolved. There are still plenty of big names that could help the 2022 Cleveland Browns out there. Day three should be a fun one as the Texans and Watson are slated to meet with other possible suitors.