Browns trade former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer to Packers

Frederick Owens
March 12, 2018

Conversely, Green Bay has a history of dominant signal-callers such as current starter Aaron Rodgers, from whom Kizer will receive proper tutelage. Last year, they traded down in the first round with the Houston Texans. It is worth mentioning that the Packers were rumored to be considering drafting Kizer in last year's draft, a sign that they have had interest in him for over a year.

The Cleveland Browns sent shockwaves throughout the National Football League on Friday executing a flurry of trades, acquiring quarterback Tyrod Taylor, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and cornerback Damarious Randall, while sending away quarterback DeShone Kizer and defensive lineman Danny Shelton. He threw for 47 touchdowns, just 19 interceptions and over 5,800 yards in two seasons with Notre Dame in 2015 and 2016.

Randall was sent to the locker room during a Week 4 win over the Bears at Lambeau Field. He had been relegated to a backup role. Tags, cuts, free agency, the draft, undrafted free agency, veteran cap casualties, training camp signings-it all represents the pieces.

After Randall and Rollins, the Packers took Ty Montgomery in the third round with pick No. 94 and linebacker Jake Ryan at No. 129 overall in the fourth round. McCarthy stood by him, however, and the coach's patience seemingly paid off as Randall bounced back and played well in the weeks that followed. Montgomery, when healthy, can be an offensive weapon for Green Bay, whether as a running back or wide receiver remains to be seen. Three of those TDs were in the overtime loss to the Packers last December. Sure enough, one year later, Smith is set to be traded to the Washington Redskins when the new league year hits. Hundley is entering the final year of his contract. However, his stock plummeted when he was thrust into the starting lineup after Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone.

Kizer had 11 touchdowns.

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Improving the backup quarterback position as well as your draft status could usually mean you are giving up a coveted asset in return, but the Packers only had to part with Randall.

Taylor steps in as the most accomplished quarterback the Browns have had on their team in years.

Randall's tenure was up-and-down in Green Bay.

Granted, Taylor is better than what the Browns have had at quarterback for quite a while. How general manager Brian Gutekunst fixes these issues will become clear very soon, whether they work or not won't be known for a few years.

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