Friday, February 27, 2009

Browns Officially in Rebuilding Year #10

The Cleveland Browns announced today that they are trading tight end Kellen Winslow to Tampa Bay for "undisclosed draft picks." Coupled that with the news that Pro-Bowl D-lineman Shaun Rodgers wants out and it's safe to say that the team will be contending for nothing other than high draft picks in 2010.

In a terrible offensive year, Winslow was arguably the Browns' most important offensive weapon. He had his public spat with team management about the pr over his staph infection, but with Savage gone the impetus to trade him didn't seem so sharp. Given Braylon Edwards' penchant for dropping passes, Winslow was at least reliable when he could get free without drawing an offensive flag.

Anyway, it's a new regime and they are not going to finish what Romeo and Phil started. They apparently are going to set of bombs in the locker room and building from the ground up.


Meanwhile, an off-the-beaten incident today illustrates just how much rebuilding there is to do. Today o-lineman Rex Hadnot was a guest on the Jim Rome show. (He is Rex #12 in the show's current "Rex streak" -- consecutive days interviewing someone named Rex. Yeah, well the period between the Superbowl and March Madness is a tough one for sports chatters.) Hadnot learned of the trade from Rome in the course of the interview. That is to say, a Browns player was scheduled to appear on a national sports talk show and team PR didn't prep him regarding huge team news. Sloppy, sloppy work.