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possible browns trade...

Discussion in 'Professional Football' started by Mothra, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. Mothra

    Mothra The Man In The Box '14 Bowl Upsets Champ

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=440 border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD>Jay Glazer /
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    <TABLE class=bdy cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=770 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD height=5></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE class=bdy cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=770 border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD width=5></TD><TD width=450><!-- search:</noindex> --><!-- esi: /nugget/4000_3499620-->The Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos are close to a trade that would strongly bolster the Browns backfield before the draft while giving Denver their second first-round DE in two days.

    <!-- esi: /widget/story/videoAndPhotoGallery?contentId=3499620-->Sources have told that the Browns and Broncos are in deep talks regarding a trade that would send last year's Broncos breakout back Reuben Droughns to Cleveland for defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban.

    Ekuban, the former first-round pick, had surgery recently on his knee and shoulder and is not expected to be healthy until May. He is expected to visit the Broncos this week, but due to the health concerns, the two sides have discussed working out appropriate draft choice compensation for the 2006 draft if Ekuban cannot return to full strength in time for the season. However, if Ekuban's physical pans out well, the two sides may agree to a straight up player-for-player deal without any stipulation.

    Droughns amassed a surprising 1,240 yards rushing last year, impressive numbers considering he didn't take over the primary ball carrier role until the second week of October. He also hauled in an impressive 32 passes for 241 yards and scored eight TDs — six on the ground. Droughns had six 100-yard rushing games — including games of 193, 176 and 166 yards — as Denver's coaching staff and offensive line churned out yet another 1,000-yard rusher. Ekuban, a former first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys, had his best sack total of his career in 2004 when he tabbed eight QB takedowns. His previous high was 6.5 during his sophomore season. His former defensive line coach in Cleveland, Andre Patterson, is now an assistant on the Broncos' staff. Droughns joins a Browns backfield that was split between William Green and Lee Suggs last year. However, Droughns was more productive than those two combined last season. The move also allows Cleveland to focus on a position other than running back in the first round of this year's draft.

  2. OilerBuck

    OilerBuck Sweet Crude

    I don't know if I like this or not. Sure Droughns was productive last year...but what running back isn't? Is it me, or are the Broncos stealing our entire D-line from last year?

    Thanks for the info, I hadn't heard this.
  3. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0



    I think this is a solid move on Cleveland's part. Droughns, 26, enjoyed a career year in 2004, carrying 275 times for 1,240 yards and six touchdowns. Thats more production than both our current running backs. I am not concerned about losing Warren (no production on field, overpaid) and Brown (he will be on the injury list by week three) and now Ekuban (he did have eight sacks but was due 2 million). Also, the broncos received Michael Meyers.​
    If you were a Cleveland fan then you know that our d line was average at best and for the price we were paying, it only makes since to dump some of these overpaid players. Especially, Brown and Warren.​
  4. Piney

    Piney Stay thirsty my friends Former Game Champion


    I love grabbing system RBs that won't do anything for another team. Well, we did need a 3rd string RB cuz that is all he will ever be, well, maybe backup FB.

    Is it just me or will Denver have our entire Defensive Line from last year on their team next year?
  5. Crashcup

    Crashcup The Voice of Reason

    Droughns is a team guy, Romeo's kind of guy. Always a smile on his face.

    As for the Bronco's, they had nothing and still have nothing. Trevor Price is not long for the team due to cap issues.
  6. tsteele316

    tsteele316 Mr. Such and Such

    Droughs role will be as a #2 back to offer a change of pace for suggs, or fill in when he gets injured. ekuban was never going to play in this 3-4 system, and neither was myers. both were probably going to be cut by cleveland in june anyway, so at least they got something in return, unlike the KJ, Couch and James Jackson follies of butch davis.
  7. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    Can the Browns get Denvers O-Line coach in the trade too?
  8. OilerBuck

    OilerBuck Sweet Crude

    Now THAT's what I'm talkin about...Lee Suggs and William Green could BOTH be in the Pro-Bowl with Denver.
  9. LloydSev

    LloydSev DreamWeaver

    I like this.. Cleveland relies on a consistent running game.. without it we suck major.

    Plus this, like the article said, takes one more focus off of who to draft in the first round.
  10. buckzip

    buckzip Reeking with awesomeness

    It's Myers, and Ekuban in the deal. That may be a bit steep.
  11. tsteele316

    tsteele316 Mr. Such and Such

    both were likely to be cut because neither fits in with the 3-4 scheme cleveland wants to run. both were backups in the preliminary training camp roster.

    cleveland is also likely to sign marques douglas soon.

    not to mention that it clears cap room.
  12. buckzip

    buckzip Reeking with awesomeness

    The Browns need so much help.
    A backup rb wasn't my first thought.

    We need a stud DL. Stud LB, Safety, O-line, and a QB
  13. tsteele316

    tsteele316 Mr. Such and Such

    its no secret that savage and crennel want ot unload willie green, and with suggs being injury prone, a rb was necessary at some point.
  14. buckzip

    buckzip Reeking with awesomeness

    That's fine if they get rid of Green. However, I hope they get something for him.
    He still could be a pretty good player.
  15. stxbuck

    stxbuck Woody wore Sambas

    Jerry Falwell could be a Pro-Bowl RB in Denver. It is a system thing....the OL cut bock, etc., and the running game looks amazing. I'm glad the Bengals do it the old fashioned way. Rudi 4-ever, Browns never!!!!!!

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