Browns Trade Rumors: Eric Berry Targeted After Odell Beckham Jr. Move

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2019

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 20: Safety Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates the fourth quarter interception of teammate safety Daniel Sorensen #49 of the Kansas City Chiefs against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns are apparently not done adding talent.

According to Art Stapleton of the Record, general manager John Dorsey "could be making a play" to acquire Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry.

The Browns have been especially aggressive this week, reportedly adding receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants in a trade for Jabrill Peppers and two draft picks, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Berry could replace Peppers in the starting lineup and add experience to an emerging defense.

While there was initially speculation that the Browns could add Earl Thomas in free agency, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported that won't happen.

This leaves Berry as the best option as a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro—both most recently in 2016. Unfortunately, calf injuries have limited him to four games over the past two seasons, including the playoffs.

This is also likely why the Chiefs would entertain a trade, especially with his $16.5 million cap hit for 2019. According to Spotrac, the squad would have $12 million in dead cap with a trade but would clear itself of the rest of its $47.6 million commitment over the next four seasons.

Although Kansas City is hoping to contend for a Super Bowl next season, it hasn't been afraid to deal key players. The Chiefs reportedly dealt Pro Bowl pass-rusher Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers and released veteran linebacker Justin Houston.


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