Browns ship Kizer to Packers

Dean Simpson
March 11, 2018

The teams struck the deal on Friday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because NFL rules prohibit teams from announcing trades until the new league calendar starts next week.

Cleveland traded its starting quarterback on Friday to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for cornerback Damarious Randall, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

Houlihan Callahan on the Green Bay depth chart behind Aaron Rodgers. Kizer threw 22 interceptions as the starter for 15 games of the Browns' 0-16 season.

After making the move to get him from the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland then made a decision to strengthen their defensive backfield by acquiring Green Bay Packers defensive back Damarious Randall in exchange for quarterback DeShone Kizer, which was reported by NFL Insider Ian Rapoport.

Kizer had 11 touchdowns. The Packers won only three games after that, enough to barely keep them in contention for a playoff berth before Rodgers returned for a December 17 loss at Carolina. In his first season with the Bills, Taylor completed 63.7 percent of his passes and threw for 3,035 yards and 20 touchdowns with just six interceptions.

The good thing about Randall though is he doesn't handcuff the team to one position. He also has experience playing safety.

Those questions were answered not long after.

Sherman will be 30 years old going into next season and is coming off an Achilles tendon injury that cost him half of the 2017 season. Veteran Davin House, who came back to Green Bay on a one-year deal last season, is a free agent.

Gutekunst vowed at the combine to be aggressive, and having hosted ex-New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson earlier in the week and now moving a former first-rounder for a backup quarterback, Gutekunst has backed up those words with action. "But I think we'd like to look at every option we can".

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