First off, let’s talk about the Houston/Cleveland trade! By trading Brock Osweiler, the Texans now have $10 million in new cap space. Obviously, that means they are going to attempt a move to get Tony Romo – if he hits the open market. Contrary to popular belief, the Cowboys have pulled back comments that they would outright cut the veteran gunslinger, but instead have made him available for trade. More developments will come on that within the next couple days.
Cleveland gets Brock, along with a 2018 2nd-round pick. It is highly unlikely that Brock becomes the starter in Cleveland. If anything, it is a business decision. In fact, from multiple sources like Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Cleveland was focused on the second round pick. Getting rid of Brock is going to help the Texans tremendously as it rids them of all the negative media, and gives them a legitimate shot at landing an established guy like Romo.
This doesn’t mean Osweiler is the Browns’ future at QB. Sounds like they were more interested in picking up the second-rounder
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 9, 2017
Browns sign JC Tretter and Kevin Zeitler:
The Browns are fixing their biggest problem: the offensive line. JC Tretter is a huge sign, but the focus here is Guard Kevin Zeitler. His deal is worth $60 million over five years. That makes him the highest paid guard in the NFL. The Bengals have benefitted from Zeitler, and now the Browns will. There was no way the Bengals were going to keep Kevin after that Browns offer. The Browns O-Line has always been terrible. Now with Joe Thomas, Zeitler, and Tretter, expect this to be a top O-Line in the league. That is why this is good for the Browns. Yes, most of the QBs they have drafted have been busts. But, it isn’t always their fault. Their O-Line hasn’t been good ever. Now, with this solid O-Line, their next QB will be able to shine.
Alshon Jeffery moves on:
Alshon Jeffery is out of Chicago, and will be playing for the Eagles next season. This deal is for $14 million for one year.
Hey, remember when I said Torrey Smith was going to be the number on WR in Philly? Never mind. That position will be filled by Jeffery. Jeffery has been a solid receiver in Chicago, but has been injury prone. Not to mention he had that four game suspension last season as well. But, that still doesn’t take away the fact that he can easily be a 1,000 yard receiver each season. Moving to Philly, where the QB situation is solved, is a good thing. Jeffery will be able to shine in the NFC East. His main competition will be Josh Norman. Other than that, Jeffery will be able to stand with Dez Bryant in terms of leading the division in receiving yards. Why didn’t I add Odell there? Because Odell is way better than Dez and Jeffery. Come at me haters!
Calais Campbell and AJ Bouye head to Jacksonville:
The man in the backfield, AJ Bouye, just hit a huge deal. He will be making $44 million over three years.
AJ Bouye emerged as a stud cornerback for the Texans this past season, and in turn cashed in big this offseason. The Jags adding him makes that defense scary. He has been disruptive all season, and is amazing in the cover game. The Jags are at the point where they need to get their offense together. Their defense is pretty good, but adding Bouye could put them over the top.
I’m not done yet, adding Calais Campbell makes it even better. Campbell will make that D-Line a force. He was a monster in Arizona, and putting him in the AFC South will work great for him. In a weak division, with sometimes not great O-Lines, Campbell will be able to put a lot of pressure on QBs, so be on the lookout for that.
Micah Hyde leaves the Pack:
Micah Hyde, a long time Packer, is leaving GB for Buffalo. His deal is for $30 million over five years.
Micah Hyde has been a staple of the Packers secondary. Hyde has always been a star player you can rely on to make big plays. Watching him leave the Packers really hurts, but it is a business at the end of the day. With Stephon Gilmore leaving Buffalo, the Bills were desperate for secondary help. Micah Hyde is a perfect fit in Buffalo. There should be some caution though. As Micah Hyde has had some injuries in the past. But, in the end, Buffalo is adding a great player to their team. This is a big win for them.