Cleveland Browns' Matt Roth Wants a Trade: Who Would Replace Him?

J GatskieCorrespondent IMay 17, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 20:  Matt Roth #53 of the Cleveland Browns looks on from his defensive position during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Browns defeated the Chiefs 41-34. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Outside linebacker Matt Roth wants out of Cleveland, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Browns and Roth are not close to a multi-year deal and, after playing out his rookie year contract, Roth, who is represented by Drew Rosenhaus, suddenly believes he is worth big money.

I recently suggested that he may want somewhere in the vicinity of six years and $31 million, but according to sources he wants even more than that.

Roth is refusing to sign his tender, and the Browns do not seem willing to accede to his current demands since he was a waiver wire pickup just a year ago.

The Browns can simply wait him out until the tenth game of the season at which point he will be ineligible to play, or trade him for draft picks, or help at any number of positions. The key is that he has to be signed to be traded

Losing Matt Roth would definitely be a big blow to a young defense trying to come together into a cohesive unit.

Roth played six games for the Browns last year and recorded four sacks. He has 16 1/2 in his career.

The available outside linebackers who could replace Roth are Adalius Thomas from New England and Antwan Barnes of Baltimore.

Thomas is a veteran who fell out of favor with Coach Bill Belichick after being late to a meeting during a snow storm. He is a two-time Pro Bowler with 53 career sacks.

Antwan Barnes is a three year veteran who has five career sacks. He has struggled to find time behind the Ravens starters but shows flashes of potential when he does get in.

From within the team, David Bowens could definitely man the position capably. Scott Fujita could also move outside. As readers, Caleb and Ryan, point out, Marcus Benard is on the team, signed, sealed and ready to take Ruth's position also.The Browns brass is high on Benard's potential as a speed rusher off the edge,

There are plenty of candidates for the inside linebacker positions so these moves wouldn't weaken the defense too much.


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