Cody Kessler Traded to Jaguars; Browns Receive Conditional 2019 Draft Pick

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2018

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 12:  Cody Kessler #6 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 12, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns traded quarterback Cody Kessler to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a conditional 2019 seventh-round draft pick on Wednesday.

Kessler projects as Jacksonville's new backup for Blake Bortles after Chad Henne signed a two-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs

The Browns selected Kessler in the third round of the 2016 draft. 

The USC product made eight starts as a rookie, completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,380 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. 

However, his playing time dwindled last season after the Browns spent a 2017 second-round pick on DeShone Kizer—who was traded to the Green Bay Packers earlier this month. 

The Browns, who are widely expected to select a franchise quarterback at No. 1 overall in next month's draft, have overhauled their QB room throughout the offseason by trading for Tyrod Taylor and signing veteran Drew Stanton. 

Cleveland also extended a qualifying offer to exclusive rights free agent Kevin Hogan.