The Cleveland Browns, profound underachievers in 2011, have their work cut out for them during the 2012 offseason.
The team improved in some areas and regressed in others last season, but most fans walked away disappointed and frustrated after the team finished 4-12.
Upon closer examination, things weren't quite as bleak as they looked, though the Browns do still have a long way to go before they'll become competitive.
One last avenue which we've yet to explore that the Browns might use to improve the roster would be trades.
Unfortunately, the Browns can only get so much help in this way because they just don't have much to offer up to other teams in a swap.
Free agency and the draft are great ways for the Browns to build because they have a significant amount of money and draft picks at their disposal. Trades are a little different though, because one thing the Browns seriously lack is depth, making it difficult to justify moving any player of real value.
Trading a valuable player might help one area of need for the Browns, but the traded player's absence would likely just create another hole, thanks to the team's lack of depth. It would be tough to even justify trading draft picks for the Browns, since they need the large volume to round out some of the thinner areas of the roster.
That leaves the Browns with trade options that are, for the most part, players who don't have much value. Because the Browns aren't really in a position to move anyone who would net a big return, they're mostly looking at moving guys who have done them little to no good but who might benefit from a change of scenery and perhaps bring them something small in exchange. It won't earn the Browns many value-adds, unfortunately. Most of the players they might trade would fetch little more than, let's call it, something for their troubles.
Still, if a player is essentially useless to the Browns, why not move him anyway? Whatever the team might get back for him, even if it's a very small return, would still be worth more he would to us in many instances.
So without further ado, here are five players on the Browns roster who could be on the trading block this offseason. Be sure to add any additional trade scenarios that you think are possibilities for the Browns this offseason in the comments below!