Includes material from FBN-Packers-Browns Trade.
As one quarterback comes in for the Cleveland Browns, another leaves town.
Cleveland traded its starting quarterback on Friday to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for cornerback Damarious Randall, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. Unclear if picks are also involved.
The trade conversations surely were comfortable ones for Gutekunst, given that the Browns are now essentially Green Bay East with general manager John Dorsey and top personnel lieutenants Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith all being ex-Packers personnel staffers who worked with Gutekunst at 1265 Lombardi Avenue. ESPN's Adam Schefter noted the teams are also swapping fourth- and fifth-round draft picks.
Not only was accuracy an issue, but turnovers also added to the Browns' problems.
Kizer had 11 touchdowns. Kizer had an NFL-high 22 interceptions as well as nine fumbles (six lost) in his first season.
However, Kizer rarely looked comfortable in the pocket, partly because teams were constantly blitzing him, and he was sacked 38 times. The former Notre Dame quarterback started 15 games as a rookie with the Browns, but he apparently has been identified by new G.M. John Dorsey as a player who needed to go - possibly due in part to the 28 turnovers he generated a year ago.
The Green Bay Packers adding depth to the quarterback position Friday.
Jackson fully expected Kizer to struggle in his first year and those fears played out week after week.
He followed that up with a 2016 season in which he completed 61.7 percent of his passes and threw for 3,025 yards and 17 touchdowns.
He failed, but while he and the Browns slid toward ignominy, Kizer never complained, pointed fingers or made excuses. For Kizer, it will be nice to get a fresh start.