With the NFL in the midst of a devastating lockout with no end in sight, teams will be forced to rely exclusively on the draft to fill their needs until conditions improve. Still, this doesn't mean that Browns president Mike Holmgren gets to take a nice long vacation when he puts the finishing touches on his draft board.
While the CBA terms dictate that teams and players can have no contact with one another during a lockout, and thus all potential trades and free agent signings are in an indefinite holding pattern, management must still prepare as usual to acquire veteran players to meet their needs.
While there is less of a sense of urgency for this than there normally would be at this point in the offseason, the time and care teams must put into assessing what they need to acquire in terms of veteran players is arguably even more critical than usual since they will have far less time than usual to broker such deals once the lockout (hopefully) comes to an end.
The lockout is particularly devastating for teams like the Browns who will enter the 2011 season with a new coach and a new playbook, making their assessment of what they need from the trade market (as well as the free agency market) even more critical.
Thus I offer the following seven suggestions for potential trades the Browns might make to strengthen their team for 2011 once the lockout ends and teams can resume their offseason dealings. These are only a few of the many possible trades the Browns might make this year, but each one addresses a need the Browns must fill in order to succeed this season.