The Cleveland Browns traded quarterback DeShone Kizer to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for cornerback Damarious Randall. Also, the teams will swap 4th and 5th round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft.
This is an interesting move for the Packers to make as they clearly needed a better backup quarterback. However, most people just assumed that they would just sign a veteran backup quarterback in free agency. The Packers decided not to go that route as they are now acquiring DeShone Kizer who is a young quarterback with tremendous potential. Kizer struggled as a rookie last year for Cleveland as he went 0-15 as the team’s starting quarterback and he threw 22 interceptions compared to only 11 touchdowns. He clearly isn’t ready to be an NFL starting quarterback, but now he is in a perfect situation where he can learn from future hall-of-fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Kizer gives the Packers a much better 2nd-string quarterback and someone who can fill in more effectively if Rodgers gets injured again. Also, Kizer is only 22 years old and if the Packers can develop him correctly then maybe he could be the potential starting quarterback for Green Bay once Rodgers retires. However, the Packers probably did give up too much in return for Kizer. Green Bay gave up young cornerback Damarious Randall who was a 1st round pick just a few years ago. Randall has struggled with injuries and he hasn’t gotten along very well with the coaching staff. However, it is still shocking that the Packers would trade him considering that he has been a productive player for the team and the Packers were already thin at the cornerback position. This trade doesn’t make the Packers better in the short-term. It could possibly pay off long-term if Kizer can continue to develop, but this just isn’t a good trade overall.
This trade makes a lot of sense for the Browns as it makes their team better in many aspects. Sure, the Browns are giving up on Kizer only a year after they drafted him in the 2nd round of the 2017 draft. However, Kizer proved last year that he wasn’t a short-term or long-term solution for Cleveland at the quarterback position. Also, Kizer became expendable after the team acquired quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Bills who will be Cleveland’s temporary starter at that position. The team also is extremely likely to draft a quarterback early on in the draft which means that Kizer wouldn’t really have a spot on the roster. The Browns are also improving their team in another area by acquiring young cornerback Damrious Randall in this trade. Randall is a talented young cornerback who was a 1st round pick just a few years ago. We’ll see how well Randall interacts with the Browns coaching staff and how well he fits in with the team. However, Randall can be a very good starting cornerback and he will improve what was a rather weak secondary for the Browns last season. This is definitely a terrific trade for Cleveland as it will improve their team for the 2018 season and probably long-term as well.