Offense is something hard to come by for the Cleveland Browns the past few years. While the front office has worked hard to find receivers and running back, they may have overlooked tight end. Could the Green Bay Packers fix that with D.J. Williams?
Williams perfect trade bait if Packers aren't sold on Graham Harrell
Everyone knows the Packers have the great fortune of having replaced a Hall of Fame quarterback in Brett Favre with an arguably better one in Aaron Rodgers. He already has a Super Bowl ring and an MVP trophy to his name and isn't even approaching 30 years old. No name on the Green Bay roster means a Super Bowl shot than him, if he stays healthy. That is the dilemma now facing the coaches and front office. A year ago the Packers had no reason to fear Rodgers not playing in a game. Backup quarterback Matt Flynn was ready and waiting. In 2010 Flynn nearly upset the AFC powerhouse Patriots in Foxborough and last season the supposed backup hung 48 points on the Detroit Lions in the season finale. Those performances made it impossible to hang on to him in free agency with the Seattle Seahawks offering too much money. So the Green Bay Packers settled on young prospect Graham Harrell to take his place. Two games into the preseason and they might already regret their choice. Despite having a deep offense Harrell has struggled, throwing two interceptions and only one touchdown pass against scrubs. In a championship-or-bust season, Green Bay can't afford having someone unreliable take over if Rodgers went down. That is why many think they should swing a trade for help.
Colt McCoy still committed to Browns despite Brandon Weeden move
The one name constantly mentioned on the trade market is Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. After two tough seasons that included a coaching change and a new owner, McCoy lost his starting job almost by default to 28-year-old rookie Brandon Weeden. It was a tough pill to swallow since the Browns didn't give him much to work with on offense. Even so the young quarterback voiced his wishes to stay in Cleveland. Several local experts don't want the team to deal him. However that becomes harder and harder the more McCoy plays through the preseason. Through two games he has gone 10 for 14 for 146 yards with no interceptions. That is ten yards per pass play with a group of receivers considered subpar in most offenses. While not the most explosive quarterback McCoy has matured into a game manager who can lead long drives. Given the firepower Green Bay has he could make the perfect choice for a backup behind Rodgers should Harrell keep struggling this preseason. Early estimates say the Packers would need a fifth-round pick to work a deal. On the other hand, the Browns also need help at tight end. Green Bay spent a fifth-rounder on backup tight end D.J. Williams who got tagged as one of the best in the 2011 draft class. A swap of those players might benefit both teams.
Colt McCoy hasn't given up the fight with Brandon Weeden but the Browns seem set in their ways. If so then the Green Bay Packers may jump into a trade deal with D.J. Williams should Graham Harrell falter.