AFC North Notes: Browns, Ravens, Steelers

The Browns have long been mentioned as the primary suitor for Redskins left tackle Trent Williams, and while no trade is on the immediate horizon, Williams does remain an option for Cleveland, as Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. At the moment, Washington is asking for too much in trade compensation, while Williams is demanding too expensive an extension. If either of those prices drops, the Browns could make a move for a (much-needed) new blindside protector.

Here’s more from the AFC North:

  • While the Browns are still considering Williams, Vikings safety Anthony Harris –= whom Cleveland has reportedly considered in trade — is no longer an option for the Browns, per Cabot. Minnesota apparently wants at least a third-round pick in order to part with Harris, while the 28-year-old defensive back would want a new deal to supersede his franchise tag. Instead of pursuing Harris, the Browns signed free agent safeties Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo.
  • Franchise-tagged edge rusher Matthew Judon is not close to reaching a new deal with the Ravens, per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. Judon will earn $15.828MM in 2020 if he sticks on the franchise tender, but he was reportedly asking for $20MM annually earlier this year, per Zrebiec, who adds that asking price may have since come down. The 28-year-old Judon played 80.8% of Baltimore’s snaps last season and posted a career-high 8.5 sacks.
  • Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward has been eyeing an extension since at least January, and according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the 30-year-old should receive a new deal “soon.” Heyward, is set to earn $9.5MM and count for ~13.25MM on the Steelers’ salary cap in 2020. An extension would give Heyward more immediate cash but likely lower his cap charge for next season.
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  1. Michael Chaney

    Theoretically, trading for Trent Williams could allow the Browns to use #10 on another position, like if a run on QBs or tackles would allow Isaiah Simmons to somehow fall there.

    That said, Williams isn’t worth trading a pick(s) AND giving a huge extension to. Maybe one or the other, but he’s also on the wrong side of 30. I love Simmons and he’d be a dream pick, but I’d rather take a young left tackle (Andrew Thomas) and build the line around him for the next 10-12 years.

    • crosseyedlemon

      The Redskins are looking for a 2nd rd pick for Williams which is reasonable if the guy could get his act together. By demanding to be the highest paid OL in the league, Williams is throwing water on any interest that teams might have had.

      • Michael Chaney

        Ordinarily I would too, but I think there’s an outside chance of it happening if enough teams opt for a tackle or trade up for a QB. It doesn’t really matter because I’d still take a tackle, but I wouldn’t eliminate the possibility of it either.

    • graysondecker

      9.5 sacks still puts him on the low end of the edge rushers that were franchise tagged, and the others with less sacks than him (Chris Jones and Yannick Ngakoue) are more established talents. The extra sack doesn’t make him any more worth the 20 million/year that he’s asking for.

  2. tbonenats

    I think Williams has screwed himself with his contract demands. Tackles, even elite ones, who miss 4-6 games a year aren’t commanding $18m+ a year type deals. If he’d do a 4/60 extension with this season guaranteed and $22m in new guarantees I think a 2nd or a 3rd this year and next would be fair. Otherwise he will be playing for the Skins this season.

    • crosseyedlemon

      For a guy who was adamant about wanting to get away from the Redskins you would think he would have the sense to soften his demands.

      • Maybe Williams is gunning for $30 million guaranteed from his next team but knows he will be unfit to play after four or five games. See ya later, sucka! would be all he’d sing to the bank.

        I’m very suspicious of these Redskin discontents at this point (Williams, Dunbar, Nicholson). The only one still standing is Williams. Rivera has cleared out almost the entire DB room which seems to be where a lot of the nonsense is concentrated (drugs, violence, stupidity).

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