Alright, before you read this article, I would recommend you read the article written by B/R's Kim Lakner.
His article explains my standpoint on the Browns' offensive plans for 2009.
It was a very good article as well, and I don't think I could have said it any better.
The link is right below:
Assuming you read the article Kim wrote, you should understand my viewpoint on the Browns' 2009 offense. Concentrating on running the ball, setting up the run with short passes, and clock management.
Kim compared the Browns' "new look" offense to the New England Patriots when Reche Caldwell and Troy Brown were around. The receiving leader that season was Caldwell with 760 yards.
If the Browns spread their offense to many receivers, then what is the point in keeping Braylon Edwards?
He is a good redzone target, but a prima-donna who is at the end of his contract and worth something at the moment.
If the Browns kept Edwards, and he had a year similar to Caldwells—racking up at most 800 yards, then he isn't worth a whole lot. Not only that, but franchising him would make no sense.
Without him franchised, he will leave via free agency.
I say the Browns pull a Cleveland Indians and trade the guy while they can (anybody remember CC Sabathia?).
Here is a look at an offense without Braylon Edwards:
Without Edwards, the Browns will most likely (but don't hold me to it) start Mike Furrey and Brian Robiskie—the possession receivers, while having Mohammed Massaquoi and David Patten playing behind them.
None of the players are flashy, except for maybe Massaquoi, but all are solid receivers. If the Browns run the ball and use short passes, they won't need Edwards!!! Hence why they should trade him now.
I know there has been a lot of speculation on Edwards being traded and a lot of talk about how much he is worth, but I just have to go over it again. Edwards could command a first and third-round pick, or a packaged deal with a player and picks.
I heard on NFL Live today that the Oakland Raiders are reportedly interested in Plaxico Burress. Burress isn't a given to be able to play, and the fact that he won't go for a plea bargain makes it more unlikely that he will play.
I firmly believe that a deal could be made with the two teams.
I haven't had too much luck with speculated trades in the past, usually they favor the Browns too much, but I believe I may have gotten this one right this time.
In exchange for Edwards, the Raiders give up running back Michael Bush and their first-round pick in 2009. Then you add in a fifth-rounder—it's a little steep both ways but works out for both teams.
Al Davis loves a good receiver, and the Browns will be a run-first team next year.
Line up Edwards across from Darrius Heyward-Bey, or possibly Javon Walker if he returns to form, and the Raiders (meaning JaMarcus Russell) have themselves a great mix of receivers.
The deep threats mixed with JaMarcus's cannon arm and the solid running game in Darren McFadden and Justin Fargas could be dynamic.
The trade would benefit the Browns highly as well. They get a first-round pick, and Michael Bush is better than basically any third-round pick the Browns are going to get. The fifth-round pick just sweetens the deal.
Sure their receivers would have to prove themselves, but with a solid running game, it would be a lot easier.
Now, I expect Brady Quinn to be the starter considering the offense I expect to see the Browns operate.
A running game like this would help out Quinn so much.
Start Jamal Lewis, use James Davis as his "breather-back" (as I like to call them), make Michael Bush the third-down back, and Jerome Harrison will be the multi-purpose back.
Add in Lawrence Vickers' catching ability and Charles Ali's solid blocking, and the Browns have themselves a very talented backfield, something that would really benefit the Browns in the AFC North.
Now comes the draft pick(s).
I, along with just about anyone else out there, should expect the Raiders to be in at least the top 15 in the 2009 NFL Draft. Assuming the Browns are in the top 15 as well, they would then have two early draft picks.
This is a great situation for rebuilding the Browns. If they can manage to trade down again like they did in the recent draft, the Browns would have a strong core of players.
The fifth-round pick could be used on a player like James Davis or Kaluka Maiava, both of whom expect to have certain roles for the Browns in the upcoming season.
I know many of you Browns fans out there are against trading Edwards, but he should be gone before the Browns intend to really compete. A trade may soon prove to be inevitable.