In the wake of the Deshaun Watson acquisition, the Browns are rearranging the rest of their rooms in the middle.
NFL Network’s Tom Pellisero reported Saturday that Cleveland will send veteran Case Keenum to the Bills for the 2022 seventh-round draft pick. Buffalo was in the market for a new QB2 after Mitchell Trubesky signed with the Steelers.
I left Kenum Brown’s trade in the market as well. Pelissero added that they have agreed terms with former Dolphin and Colts midfielder Jacoby Brissett. Cleveland, of course, also plans to deal with Baker Mayfield after Watson’s touchdown from Texas on Friday.
Keenum was one of the top reserve players in the league last season, winning both of his starts for Cleveland and scoring 91.3 passes in the Mayfield exemption. The 34-year-old will now serve behind Pro Bowler Josh Allen on his seventh stop in the NFL. Allen 55 made a consecutive start to the billing.
Brissett may be called upon to do some for Cleveland in 2022. The club just acquired Watson as part of a massive exchange that included three first-round picks and a new five-year, $230 million deal for the former Texan star. This was agreed in the wake of the Harris County (Texas) grand jury ruling that there was insufficient evidence to charge Watson with a crime following allegations of sexual misconduct arising from massage therapy sessions. But the 26-year-old QB still faces 22 civil suits and is still under investigation in the NFL, and is subject to potential discipline under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.
In 2021, Brissett started five matches with the Dolphins but played in the better part of six matches instead of Tua Tagovailoa. He threw five touchdowns to four interceptions while Miami led 2-4. The 29-year-old Brissett has started 37 games during his six seasons, winning 14 of them while having a passing rating of 83.0 for his career.
The Browns’ QB roundup likely won’t end here, as NFL Network Insider’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday that a Mayfield trade is expected. With the Hawks turning their attention to Matt Ryan once again, Ponies, Seahawks, Saints, and Panthers are prime candidates for adding the signal caller.
Cleveland’s work isn’t finished for the day. The addition of Watson and star wideout Amari Cooper required the club to get creative in the books. Pellicero reports that Brown has converted most of Cooper’s $20 million base salary into a signing bonus, adding two void years and saving more than $15 million in the 2022 salary cap. The new company and QB will make $66 million this year, but they’ll only count about $15 million against the cap.