New York Jets Should Trade Kyle Wilson

Joe Caporoso on why the New York Jets should trade Kyle Wilson

In 2010, the New York Jets selected cornerback Kyle Wilson in the first round of the NFL Draft. The hope was that Wilson would further fortify a stacked group of corners alongside Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, along with provide some electricity in the return game. Unfortunately, Wilson is currently in his 4th season and the light hasn’t went on yet. He has provided nothing as a returner and is an average at best third corner. It might seem like an odd suggestion to some, especially with rookie Dee Milliner’s early struggles but the Jets should work to trade Wilson before this season’s trade deadline. Here’s why:

Wilson is likely a goner after this season. He is a leftover from the Mike Tannenbaum era and the selection of Milliner this year in the first round was a clear sign the team doesn’t view Wilson as a long term starter in New York. The Jets will have more cap savings than dead money if they cut him, and the depth at corner is sufficient to prevent hanging on to him and paying his over 2 million dollar base salary in 2014. Milliner is going to start day one opposite of Antonio Cromartie next season, even if he continues to struggle throughout his rookie year.

The Jets may be able to still get an asset in return for Wilson before he logs too many more ineffective snaps. He is a former first round pick with fairly extensive starting experience. A cornerback needy team with a coaching staff who thinks they could get more out of him could be willing to offer a conditional late round pick or maybe even the backup offensive tackle the Jets still desperately need.

Right now, the Jets are better off playing Darrin Walls on the outside while Milliner works out his issues. Walls outplayed Wilson in the pre-season and looked more competent in his targets against New England, by actually making a play on the football in the air without being called for a penalty, than Wilson has in recent action. As for the nickel role, Isaiah Trufant has shown a nose for making plays and is capable of handling the job if Milliner is going to be on the bench for a brief stretch of time.

The primary case for looking to move Wilson is that Milliner is going to eventually going to be the corner opposite of Cromartie, likely sooner rather than later. In the meantime, Wilson isn’t even the best candidate to replace him on the outside or in the slot, as Walls and Trufant both looked better all summer. Wilson is bringing nothing on special teams either. If Wilson isn’t going to be around in 2014 (a very likely scenario), try to move him now and get something useful in return, whether it is a late round pick or depth at a position of need.

Self-scouting your own players is a key aspect of building teams and hopefully John Idzik shows no hesitance to move on from ineffective players, regardless of where they were drafted. Considering he didn’t pick many of the Jets current players, I don’t expect him to be.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • BIGgeenBALLz

    I would love to trade him and a 6th roun pick for Kenny Britt

  • Blah

    “The primary case for looking to move Wilson is that Milliner is going to eventually going to be the corner opposite of Cromartie, likely sooner rather than later.”


    And how do you know Milliner will NOT be a bust like Wilson. You are doing a whole lot of assuming.

  • David J.

    I think the real question is what will the Jets ask for in terms of a price tag in terms of a pick? I just hope they get even value, I would not get rid of him just to get rid of him as he does add depth to our corner position. What if Cromartie goes down?

  • Lidman

    Joe..great article and I couldn’t agree, on the concept, more. I think there are a number of teams that could use a CB: Carolina, SF, and heck the Giants (many more). The one issue to watch though is, there is no way the Jets are going to let Cro play for his contract/cap number next year. His early returns, have been mediocre, at best. In fact, if the situation in Tampa completely blows up, Revis may come available (as a new regime isn’t likely to keep a $16mm/CB), and I’d rather the Jets bring him back and let Cro walk..but that’s not for today..and, more likely, wishful thinking.

    I often wonder why significant trades don’t get made in the NFL. For instance,your Minnesota Vikings GM, Rick Spielman, you have one of the all-time greats, in his prime at tailback. Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson are above average NFL receivers and you have a dynamic, field stretching rookie-Coradelle Patterson. Your defense is solid. However, you have 0 chance to win because your QB is awful. So, why doesn’t he call SD a team likely in a rebuild, not a complete overhaul, but a rebuild and find out how he can get P Rivers to Minny? Rivers looks rejuventated and he’s proven, with talent, he’s capable of going deep in the playoffs. If you’re Tom Telesco, you have to wonder if Rivers, coming off of 2 bad years, and now 31, and expensive, is going to be able to lead the team to a title, when you get enough talent around him. The Vikings are wasting Peterson’s talent. Every game they play with a sub par NFL QB, has to take games off his shelf life. I love AP and what he did last year was amazing, but there is only so many 20+ carry games, v 8 in the box, a body can take. Heck, if SD says ‘no’. Look into trading Peterson to a contender. ‘Hi Bill, it’s Rick’. You lost all your WR and TE and Steven Ridley is average. Would Peterson help you, and Tommy, out at all?’ I know there are cap ramifications and team’s love draft picks. But, you know what helps your job security: winning. Just look at Tom Coughlin, who misses the playoffs nearly as much as he makes them. Has had a number of 2nd half collapses, but keeps his job because of 2 magical runs.

    When I look around the NFL, I see a number of these type of situations:

    MJD, if Arizona had him, how much better would they be (and how long do they think Carson Palmer will last and Larry Fitzgerald will be a top WR?)?

    NYJ, let’s start throwing Tone some balls and see if a team, SF, Cincy, or Chicago who need a 2nd WR aren’t willing to take him on.

    Back to Tampa, ok Freeman is not going to lead your there. Why not trade Revis, recoup something and move on (oh, because Dominic is gone if he does that…well he’s gone anyway).

    Even the NYG, if they really look in the mirror, they’ll see the defense is not going to stop the elite offenses in this league. Hakeem Nicks is young, and will need to be paid at year’s end and gets hurt-all the time. You have Randle. Are you telling me it wouldn’t be wise to go to those receiver needy teams and get something for him?

    Too long..I know..couldn’t stop the verbal diarrhea once it started.

  • Lidman

    ‘BigGreen’ I think you could get Britt for just a 6th. There is talk he can no longer separate. He’s had 3 knees surgeries. That being said, there has to be someone out there, a bad situation, that you could bring in for him.

  • BIGgeenBALLz

    Well then how bout Gates nd Winslow for Britt…….. I know his seperation is a concern but we can atleast depend on him actually catching the DAMN BALL! Onlike freakin Gates

  • JetOrange

    Cro has a bad hip, Milner is having rookie problems, and a great defense is the only thing that gives this team a shot in any NFL game. A late round draft pick is not appealing, since the Jets will have 3 to 4 Comp. picks in 2014. Currently the Jets Cap is just under 3 million,a trade accelerates Wilson’s bonus and would reduce the 2013 Cap by one million, which isn’t a problem but it does reduce flexibility. Wilson’s 2014 salary is only 1,065.000 with an additional 100,000. Bonus. I can’t see trading Kyle unless it is for another player.

  • Lidman

    BigGreen, why would Tenn do that? Plus, I think keeping Winslow, for the young QB, is important. He’s a pro and sets a good example. Plus, he’s cheap.

  • Dalbin

    I’d trust Milliner’s chances of becoming a better player before trusting Wilson. Trading Wilson to a team like the Eagles for Jason Avant or to the Titans for Kenny Britt wouldn’t be terrible moves. Good read Joe.

  • Mark Phelan

    Have you guys watched Wilson over the past years? What are you talking about – “trading”?

    Wilson is a bust. Never mind coverage, he can’t even return punts.

    Just where is the GM who would give up anything but the Gaterade pail for this failure?

  • KAsh

    Why would you actively try to trade Wilson? The arguments here are a reason to bench him. Wilson, as far as I know, is a team player, does not act out or cause problems, and is not a hindrance to the defense. He is not a great player, but he is serviceable. Unless there is an offer for him or someone asks for him in a trade for another player, there is no point.

    Cromartie has a very high salary; his play has been subpar. At the end of the 2013 season, you may not want to pay Cromartie. If you trade him, teams would give much higher picks for Cromartie than Wilson. If you cut him, Cromartie yields $9.5 million in savings versus Wilson’s $1.165 million. But it would be much harder to cut or trade him if your cornerback depth is depleted because you got rid of Wilson. (Without Wilson, you are forced into either shelling out big money for a FA replacement for Cromartie or spending a high draft pick on another cornerback. With Wilson, you can let this unit be average for a year or two while you build up other units.)

    This is just one scenario. If there was an offer for Wilson, consider it, and take it if it benefits the team. But you are shooting yourself in the foot by trying to get rid of someone that is not a problem. Lots of things may happen in the future, and you will be much worse off if you commit too much of your resources and sacrifice flexibility.

  • Lidman

    Kash…you’re not shooting yourself in the foot. He’s not a bad CB, he’s just the least effective on the Jets. His rookie contract is up this year and he’s not likely to be brought back.

    Love what Cleveland and Indy did. More teams should consider these moves. You have to be realistic about your teams chances and what players you believe will still be effective when you are in position to win. Minny, keeping Ponder, is basically wasting Peterson.

  • Will

    If Kenny Britt passes a physical . May be a good trade for both.

  • KAsh


    Yes, he’s not likely to be brought back, but you let him go when you have a better alternative on your roster (or his departure will not hurt the roster as much as his replacement will improve it).

    I understand the desire to make a move to try and improve your standing, but most moves hurt rather than help. Trent Richardson is a bad back going from a team that is throwing the year two weeks in to a team that has no durable options at the position. Indy has no alternatives; the Browns new GM just reminded everyone that the Browns are still the Browns. You would trade AP? So that Viking fans abandon the franchise in droves? You would trade Rivers? Who trades the face of their franchise, especially with no one waiting in the wings? By this same logic, we should trade Wilkerson, Richardson, and Coples, as they deserve to be on a championship team and the interceptions and fumbles by their offense are setting them back.

    The Browns move will backfire on them: you never get better by throwing the season. The rest of the league tries to win as many games as possible. Even when they suck, they try to win. Teams are a business, and a business that brings its loyal customers a purposefully crap product one year does not recover its sales the next year, no matter how good a product it makes. Trading away assets just to trade them is a horrible strategy in the long-term.

  • John C

    Don’t know that Wilson would get much in a trade. Cro may be too expensive to keep next year. As far as Milliner, there’s no guarantee he’ll ever be better than someone like Walls (who is better right now). If Milliner starts next year, it may be opposite Walls, if the Jets don’t want to pay Cro. I think Truffant is already better than Wilson also. All in all, if you’re only going to get a 5th or 6th for Wilson, and he’s only going to cost 1 million next year, we may just keep him for depth.

  • BIGgeenBALLz

    Sorry i men wilson

  • Nep Oznat

    OK, so Wilson sucks as we all know but the GM’s and coaches out there haven’t noticed and they’d gladly give up picks for him…..

  • joeydefiant

    There are quite a few cornerbacks in the NFL starting right now that are a lot worse than Kyle Wilson. He’s a solid #3/#4 cornerback who would be a #2 on half the teams in the NFL. Teams are hanging 30-50 points a week and receivers are catching 100+ yards plus 1-2 TD’s every week. When did Kyle Wilson let opposing receivers put up these kinds of numbers?

    The whole narrative that Kyle Wilson is the worst CB ever is very far from the truth. He was not worth a 1st round pick but who cares about that. The pick is long gone. You don’t use that information to evaluate a player. Idzik don’t care what round he was drafted in. He cares about having a quality starting caliber player as a backup creating excellent depth at a position where injuries happen frequently and it’s impossible to play banged up. A inside linebacker or defensive tackle might be able to play with a tweaked ankle but you can’t play a corner with a tweaked ankle he will get burnt all game.

    Wilson should stay for depth at corner. What we would get in return is not equal to his value. That’s the bottom line.

    If someone calls and offers you David Wilson, then yea jump on it. Otherwise, forget about it. Senile Tom Coughlin has already ruined his value so he would come cheap. The old man has been around football his whole life and he doesn’t realize shifty playmaking backs fumble more often than ground and pound plodders.

  • Todd2Barkum

    “Cromartie has a very high salary; his play has been subpar.” Huh?? Define “par”.
    Cro graded out as last season’s 3rd best cover corner on a contact 1/3 the cost of what the Island was looking for. Cro’s a friggin’ value and a hell of a player.
    Dealing David Harris is a no brainer. From Pro Football Focus:

    David Harris, New York Jets

    2012 Cap Hit: $12.0m
    2012 Performance Based Value: $1.1m
    Value Differential: -$10.9m

    We’re not sure how David Harris had a $12m cap hit to begin with, but he wasn’t even close to being worth that much money this year. Harris hasn’t graded positively in any of the previous five seasons and his grade of -15.2 in 2012 was the worst we’ve ever seen from him. Harris struggles to make plays consistently in the running game and that was no different this year. He ranked 21st in Run Stop Percentage and 22nd in Tackling Efficiency among starting inside linebackers. If you’re paying an inside linebacker $10m+ a year you expect him to be a playmaker, and Harris wasn’t even close to one in 2012.

  • JetOrange

    It’s early in the season, Rex seems to think that Kyle has value as a Free Safety. In this passing league, I like Wilson’s range as a Free Safety in passing situations. Once again we are talking about depth at CB, and possibly at Safety, I would like to see Kyle develop at the Free Safety position…All that being said, give a third round pick or an equivalent player, done in a heartbeat.

  • Lidman

    Kash..It’s not about throwing a season. Lumping AP-a RB, in his 7th year, on a reconstructed knee, and Rivers-a 31yr old QB, making big money, with the NYJ young assets is ‘apples and oranges’. The Jets best players are all young, and they are building towards being a good team. Now, if that talent doesn’t pan out, then yes, I wouldn’t have a problem with them trading away good, expensive, veteran players who would clog the cap, and likely not be as effective when the team was ready to compete. I mean that was the Revis situation, no? I think Revis will be effective, but NYJ were so cap strung, they simply couldn’t afford the luxury of a $16mm/yr CB, coming off an ACL.

    You have a point about SD not really having much of an alternative, at this point. My point to this is Minnesota isn’t winning a Superbowl, with C Ponder at QB, even with Adrian Peterson. In my mind, it would be very worthwhile for them to bring in a Rivers, who, with Peterson’s presence, could be very effective with the weapons they have there. The name of the game is winning, that’s it. In 2yrs, do we think Adrian Peterson is going to be as effective as he is today? I don’t. If they had to give up a number 1 and won a SB, or at least made a deep playoff run is it worth it? Is Minny, with Ponder going to beat out GB-Rogers or Chi-Cutler? I don’t think so. If you’re SD, do you realistically think you’re better than either Denver or KC? You have a lack of skill position talent, especially at WR, and Rivers has looked good, so far. However, the past 2 years, he’s looked bad. If you could get a #1 pick, it might be a better tact for the long term-and seeing as it’s not likely you’re winning this division, in the next 2yrs, I think that’s a worthwhile thing to explore.

    Back to Cleveland, if you’re the Browns and your staff (who didn’t draft either TRich or Weeden) determines Weeden is not going to cut it, and you have a RB who is constantly facing 8 in the box, you need to figure out the adjusted returns you’ll get on that investment. As far as the fans, owners can’t think that way. If Banner, and the Browns are right, and in 2 years they are on the up turn, guess what..the fans will come droves. I’m Jet fan, and I gave up my season seats. I exercised my right to choose how to spend my money. Cleveland fans can do the same.

    Appreciate the back and forth, but please don’t bring the fans into this. This is a business. Teams that win make more money than teams that lose. Why are the NE Patriots worth more than every other team in the NFL than Dallas(Dallas is a brand unto themselves, like NYY and Man U…pure genius)? It’s because they win. You own a team, the annual revenue is noise. It’s about increasing the value of your asset. Winning does that. Look at the 3 franchises at the bottom of the Forbes list: Buffalo, Oakland and Jacksonville. What do they all have in common? The Raiders are consistently very high on NFL apparel sales. Problem is that money gets split in revenue sharing. The real value is in asset appreciation. To do that, I’ll finish (I know thank God) by quoting Al Davis: JUST WIN BABY…

    That’s what Joe Banner is thinking with this trade.

  • Lidman


    I forgot to hit back on Wilson. He’s not a ‘bad’ player (see JoeyDefiants post). But, he’s not a starting NFL CB. He’s playing out his rookie contract and if a team, with playoff aspirations, who needs a CB (SF and Dallas come to mind) calls, you’d be silly not to listen. Trufant and Walls aren’t a HUGE downgrade from Wilson. Even if you get a conditional 5th, it’s getting something for someone they’re not likely to keep and isn’t a difference maker this year.

  • Lidman

    Kash, one last thing (I’ll give you my wife’s number, she’ll tell you I can’t ever let it go),

    To say: “the Browns new GM just reminded everyone that the Browns are still the Browns” is unfair. This is a new owner, and a new front office. Before Kraft bought the Patriots, they were consistently bad. After winning the 1st 2 Superbowls, the Packers were inept until the early 90s. On the flip side, the Redskins were perennial winners until Daniel Snyder bought the team. The Cowboys were always good, until Jerry Jones decided he should run the front office. Even Oakland, once Al started to lose mental capacity, they started losing..consistetnly.
    My point is: maybe this ownership won’t be any better than the previous one. All NFL owners are billionaires, who have achieved great success, in other businesses, which allowed them to buy in to this. They are all highly competitive, and believe they have the model for success. Maybe Banner doesn’t and they still are ‘the same old Browns’, or maybe in 15 years, people are calling them the model franchise…we’ll see.

  • KAsh


    I was going to give you the last word, but then you used it to say some insane things. In reverse order:

    1) The Browns: “Please don’t bring the fans into this. This is a business.” I do not know of any business that ignores its customers, AKA the fans. How would you feel right now if you had Browns season tickets? The people that buy them are devoted to the Browns; you just cheated your hardcore supporters out of thousands of dollars in a season that they were not expecting big things anyway. Season tickets are like stock; who would buy Browns stock again, knowing the current executive took deliberate actions to crash it? I’m not a Browns fan, but if I was, I would not spend any money on them until Mike Lombardi got fired, even if they are a contender in two years. This would be the rational decision because you never know when Lombardi would choose to screw you over again.

    2) I said that if someone calls you about Kyle Wilson, and they are offering a comparative player in a deficient area – a decent wideout, OLB, a dependable free safety – deal him. But this article was about actively trying to trade Kyle for whatever “something useful” happens to be. You are going to get more value if people are calling you and not the other way around, and Wilson is not hurting the team or causing controversy. You have him signed up through 2014, so you do not lose options by keeping him.

    3) For the Vikings to get a Rivers, someone would have to be willing to deal a Rivers. There is no football organization, except maybe the Browns, stupid enough to trade their franchise QB without an equal or better backup for him. Especially not in the middle of a season. That goes for any starter that does not act up in the locker room or off the field. On football decisions, it is best to ignore what fans think. On decisions that affect your team and your future aspirations, the fans have to be considered (they will weigh in regardless, by leaving if they are blindsided). Trading a backup is normal – I view trading Wilson as foolish, not as something I would stop supporting the Jets for – trading a starter is asking to be fired.

  • Circles26

    I say trade him to the Colts for a 2nd. Great value for a Colts team that’s ready to win now. 😉 If we trade Wilson we need good value in return, which I don’t see us getting. We need a nickleback, and a punt returner. If we can get that then by all means trade him. Wilson is actually a very good corner except(a huge deal breaking except) his ability to read when the ball is coming. That may be just a feel, and not something you can learn. This is why he is so tantalizing, and hard to give up on. He’s been used mostly in the slot, which his physical traits would predict he should belong, but that is where you need to read the receivers more, and more quickly. He’s actually been better on the outside. That said, Walls is a very good outside CB, but he cannot play the slot at all(same with Lankster), so he either needs to start, or not play. Miliner can play the slot(very well, and cover TEs), which is where I think they will use him while he unlearns the Saban way of CBing. I still like Wilson as the dime, or extra safety, keeping the play in front of him. Trufant is great against smurfs, and there are a lot of those nowadays so he has his place, but if Miliner gets hurt then we’ll be without a nickleback. Then we’ll wish we had Wilson back for sure.

  • Lidman


    To your points:

    -The NFL is not like Walmart or Target, there is no competition…none. As, I said, I gave up my Jets tickets because the value wasn’t there. However, I might be willing to ante up, again, if the product they put on the field insured my tickets wouldn’t trade at well below what I paid. As for who would buy Browns tickets again? Well, let’s see when the Saints were inept, nobody bought their tickets and now they do. Jacksonville used to sell out during the Coughlin/Brunell era and now they don’t. I could continue but you get the picture. If you live in Cleveland and want to go to see an NFL game, there is only one show in town. It’s not like buying a TV where you can comparison shop. TV and merchandising money basically insures these teams will make money without selling out. Yes, Banner wants his stadium sold out. He also knows winning will do that. We can argue whether or not this move will lead to that. However, while I applaud you for you for saying you’d stick to your principles (if you were a Browns fan and they did this to you). I just think you need to accept you are a huge minority. The NFL owners have gotten away with getting fans to pay for PSLs (essentially building their cash cow stadiums for them) which allow them to increase ticket and concession prices. The NFL gets away with charging its customers full boat for pre-season games when nobody plays. The NFL goes on strike and fans come back. Are you getting the picture here. Yes, there might be some backlash early on. But, the fans aren’t going away, and if Cleveland uses these picks to build a long standing contender, they won’t have problems finding new paying customers.

    -On point 2 about Wilson, I see what your saying about diminishing his value. However, there is also the school of thought that you never know what a conversation will lead to. If Idzik calls SF about Wilson, it doesn’t mean he has to trade him. But, it let’s SF know he’s available and if a need arises, they might be inclined to call you, because of that previous conversation. If I were an NFL GM, I’d be on the phone non-stop discussing players, so you can be quick to react to real time situations that create needs than might help you improve your football team (I’m sure they all do). After the NY Knicks traded for Carmelo Anthony, the Nets quickly followed by acquiring Deron Williams. Go back, a number of articles suggested the Knicks acquired the wrong player, especially with M D’Antoni as coach (that, in my opinion has clearly been proven wrong..but that’s another discussion, in another space). You know why the Knicks were never in on Williams? It’s because they didn’t think Utah would trade him (thank God). So, yes, you can make an argument that if everyone knows he’s available you’ll get nothing. I can make the argument, letting people know he’s available may give you an edge when someone needs a CB.

    -Your 3rd point is true. In order for Minny to acquire Rivers. He’d have to be available. My point is, Minny should be calling on him (and Big Ben). Teams that are in transition with a middle aged QB might be amenable to a trade, the TRich and Deron Williams situations illustrate you never know who’s available if you don’t ask. If I’m Minny, I look to make a bold move; this brings me to your last point (in the 3rd paragraph):

    “Trading a backup is normal – I view trading Wilson as foolish, not as something I would stop supporting the Jets for – trading a starter is asking to be fired.”

    I agree; making bold moves that fail can get you fired. You know what else gets your fired: doing nothing and not winning. Lovie Smith took Chicago to a SB and was fired after a 10 win season. There is a new GM and coach in SD. If they believe Rivers is the one to take them to a SB, then build around him. If not, they are in the honeymoon period and are in position to take a risk. Everyone gets fired in the NFL (well nearly everyone). It’s like death and taxes. If I had one of those jobs, you can sure as heck bet I’d be doing what I believed was putting me in position to win games and keep my job. What I wouldn’t be doing is worrying how the fans would react to what I was doing. Was it popular with fans when GB let Favre go in favor of Rodgers? How’s that working out? The Patriots have let many popular players walk. Their fans complain, but they don’t leave: because they continue to win. I appreciate your zeal and belief in the idea that NFL owners should do what’s right for their customers. I just think you fail to realize, history proves no NFL team goes broke because the fans boycott the owner. It’s not about right and wrong, it’s about making money. You may not like, or agree with it. You should acknowledge it though.

    “if you listent to the fans, soon you’ll be sitting with them”-B Polian

    By the way, earier you wrote this: “The Browns move will backfire on them: you never get better by throwing the season.”

    Really? Dallas won 3 SBs, in 4yrs, during the early 90s. They got 5 draft picks for trading H Walker and basically built the foundation of those teams with through the draft. Now, is Richardson Walker? I don’t know. Did they get the same haul? Certainly not. However, trades don’t happen in the NFL, like the other sports. So, I don’t think there is sufficient evidence, on either side (I just happen to remember that one off the top of my head…I’m old), to either support, or negate your thesis.

    I promise, I won’t answer your next retort. We are seeing things from different vantage points. If the NFL had real competition, as a league, I think your points would be more valid. They don’t. The owners know it, and fans continue to come out to games.

  • KAsh

    NFL teams compete with other NFL teams. I might understand if we were talking about the Seahawks, but the Browns are in Cleveland. The Steelers, the Lions, the Bills, and the Colts are next door neighbors. They are a couple of hours drive away, but these teams have never done what the Browns did. Some teams are mismanaged and put horrible performances on the field; I do not know of another instance where a team tried to tank the season after two weeks by trading away its only good player.

    The Browns did not just lose Trent Richardson. They lost any faith the fans had in the new front office and any respect players may have had for it. Players also like to win: it gets them higher wages and more prestige. The Browns would have to significantly outpay teams in FA that would not tank their season. And they may very well get the top pick in the draft, and then have an Eli Manning scenario.

    As for Wilson, he can help this team now. We would not be stretched if we lost someone in the secondary. He is better than almost any third round pick (better than any second round pick, if you consider training time). You can consider trades, but the picks you might get will not be worth it.

  • Anthony

    The browns traded their terrible RB for a new shot at a 1st round player. The truth is, they are doing a service to their fans by breaking the unwritten code of giving up on a young player and getting a do-over. If their fans cannot get behind that, f them. Willis Mcgehee can get 3.5 yards per carry as well anyone. Cleveland did not get worse, they still have the beginnings of a great D. They have a Franchise LT, and a solid couple of good catching targets and 2 1st round picks in a QB rich draft. Seems good to me.