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Trade could clear way for Eric Berry to land with Browns

The Browns have spackled their hole at cornerback by acquiring Sheldon Brown, thus freeing the team up to draft Tennessee safety Eric Berry with the No. 7 overall pick.

That’s the theory anyway.

The Akron Beacon-Journal and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer both think the Browns latest trade could have a ripple effect.  There is growing chatter about Berry in Cleveland, and Terry Pluto writes the Browns should no longer feel pressure to take Florida cornerback Joe Haden that high.

We’re not sure Haden ever had a real chance to be taken No. 7 overall, and it seems counterproductive to change any draft plans based on a 31-year-old cornerback like Brown.

Cleveland might just be the toughest team to project in the top ten because they have so many needs to fill.  They just need impact players.

Berry, who is the highest touted safety to come out since Sean Taylor, fits that mold.

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  1. Tibor says: Apr 4, 2010 12:38 PM

    Highest touted since Sean Taylor. Yeah, Taylor worked out well.

  2. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Apr 4, 2010 12:49 PM

    That means they’ll draft a kick returner/wildcat guy.

  3. tommy nobis says: Apr 4, 2010 12:55 PM

    Have some respect Tibor. That’s a classless post

  4. ceetown22 says: Apr 4, 2010 12:55 PM

    @Tibor
    worked out great until he was murdered by a dumb ass in a botched robbery. Had he not gotten in trouble 2 years earlier and straightened up he would of had a gun at his house and killed the intruders.
    so fu(k U @sshole
    Taylor was well on his way to being one of the best ever…. he was already the most feared safety… by receivers and QB’s
    HAIL SKINS!
    RIP ST21 don’t worry about these haters

  5. blmonroe12 says: Apr 4, 2010 12:58 PM

    Tibor – I really hope you’re not putting down a guy that was senselessly murdered.. If so, you should have your PFT card taken away. I really hope you meant it differently then it came across..
    And the Browns are making some nice off season acquisitions to improve the defense. People in Cleveland are liking the new direction under Holmgren.. You add Berry to the mix at safety and we have a strong secondary with him, Brown and Wright..

  6. BroadStreetBully9286 says: Apr 4, 2010 1:01 PM

    If the Browns think they’ll get anything more than 2 good years out of Sheldon Brown they are smoking much more hashish than they let on.

  7. BeezAtUT says: Apr 4, 2010 1:02 PM

    Tibor says: April 4, 2010 12:38 PM
    Highest touted since Sean Taylor. Yeah, Taylor worked out well.
    ——-
    Pretty classless comment. I’m not saying Sean Taylor was a great character guy – but on the field he was a tremendous talent and off the field he had, by all accounts, turned his life around. A lot of pro athletes have met their downfall by putting themselves in bad situations; Taylor met his trying to protect his home and his family.
    Beyond that, the comparison is based solely on talent. Eric Berry is an upstanding individual who treads softly and carries a big, big stick. He will be a tremendous professional athlete.

  8. ben rapisyberger says: Apr 4, 2010 1:04 PM

    Actually, Tibor, Taylor was a fantastic safety before he was tragically killed in a home invasion….Asshole

  9. funi says: Apr 4, 2010 1:05 PM

    Whoever goes to the Browns will suck and never been seen on tv! Enjoy a nice 3-13 puppy pound fan!!

  10. MyronB says: Apr 4, 2010 1:05 PM

    Except that, you know, a Sheldon Brown is 31 years old, has an injury history, has clearly lost a step in the past year or so, and probably has 1-2 years, at best, of high-level play left in his tank.
    If the Browns think they’ve solved their CB problems, they’ve got another thing coming.

  11. The Devil says: Apr 4, 2010 1:06 PM

    the browns, cleveland and the entire state of ohio has become a BIG HOLE

  12. wili says: Apr 4, 2010 1:06 PM

    Cleveland has so many holes to fill but no one else does? They are picking at 7 aren’t they? That means that 6 other teams had worse records and just as many holes if not more.

  13. bledsoe11 says: Apr 4, 2010 1:07 PM

    stay classy Tibor.. jackass

  14. Kevin C says: Apr 4, 2010 1:09 PM

    Tibor… You have no class and I hope karma strikes you for making such a ridiculous comment. Hopefully, you or someone in your family has the same fate as Sean Taylor. R.I.P.

  15. omenfreedom says: Apr 4, 2010 1:12 PM

    Actually it was working out quite well…Taylor was a pro bowl safety and one the the top tier safety in the league…we would have been talking about him in the same sense we talk about Polomolu and Reed if his career wasn’t cut short b/c he was murdered…Check the facts b/4 you post…

  16. EdBurns666 says: Apr 4, 2010 1:15 PM

    I think they’ll take Berry. He’ll shore up one of the many holes they have on Defense. The whole team’s gonna be a project for the Holmgren regime.

  17. dfeltz says: Apr 4, 2010 1:16 PM

    As a Bears fan I loved Sean Taylor, Tibor, I hate you.

  18. griz52 says: Apr 4, 2010 1:20 PM

    Tibor, i’m an Eagles fan and i hated sean taylor because he’d always be a thorn in Donovan’s thigh, but that comment is down right wrong

  19. JaggedMark says: Apr 4, 2010 1:21 PM

    Highest rated safety?
    Depends who you talk to.
    Mike Mayock has Longhorn Earl Thomas rated higher than Berry.

  20. tommy nobis says: Apr 4, 2010 1:21 PM

    Whoah Kevin C!!!! Not cool at all

  21. GaryClark says: Apr 4, 2010 1:23 PM

    @Tibor—
    You are the biggest loser on the site. To comment so irresponsibly makes us see that you are clearly one who wishes untoward events on others. Not trying to be all sensitive here, so let’s just say what you laugh at and wish on others could happen to you or one of your family members. Wouldn’t that be a shame?
    Dousche.

  22. wee2424 says: Apr 4, 2010 1:25 PM

    lol to myronb- how does sheldon brown have an injury ridden career. He hasn’t missed a game in 8 years. Lol, before you talk kno what you are talking about.

  23. tommy nobis says: Apr 4, 2010 1:25 PM

    How about this instead? Let’s all lighten up here, it is Easter Sunday

  24. Turnercrp says: Apr 4, 2010 1:27 PM

    Maybe the Brown should call the Chiefs about moving up to # 5. I think Berry will still be available.

  25. cgc1969 says: Apr 4, 2010 1:28 PM

    hey sandra lees cans the browns already have a returner/wildcat his name is josh cribbs!

  26. wee2424 says: Apr 4, 2010 1:28 PM

    lol to myronb- how does sheldon brown have an injury ridden career. He hasn’t missed a game in 8 years. Lol, before you talk kno what you are talking about.

  27. arsewhooper says: Apr 4, 2010 1:29 PM

    These are the only safeties drafted in the top 10 in the last decade.
    LaRon Landry (4-12 in 2009)
    Michael Huff (5-11 in 2009)
    Donte Whittner (6-10 in 2009)
    Sean Taylor (dead)
    Lots of championships here, right? I guess the key to building a champion is to draft a safety early.

  28. picoffeedrinker says: Apr 4, 2010 1:35 PM

    MyronB you are an idiot. Why don’t you research before you post something. Sheldon has missed one game since 6th grade. How does he have an injury history? How old is Charles Woodson again? These guys can play at a high level into their mid 30’s now. When you make un researched comment it makes you look like a jackass!!!

  29. steeltownpride says: Apr 4, 2010 1:41 PM

    The Browns are making alot of moves . Will take time to see how they will work out or not . But atleast they are trying something new .
    If the Browns do draft Berry thats a great thing . Maybe the Steelers can get Haden afterall .
    Tibor no one deserves what happened to Sean Taylor . He was a top 3 safety in the league when he was killed . Maybe your mom or family member will have the same luck as Sean did ?

  30. Modell's Coffin says: Apr 4, 2010 1:45 PM

    Nice to see tibor & devil sharing the same brain cell to each come up with something intelligent to say. Hang on to that last brain cell guys!

  31. JJMADDOG says: Apr 4, 2010 1:45 PM

    While we all jump on Tibor, doesn’t this site have an editor? That post could have just as easily been deleted as some of mine have been in the past. Particular my comment about getting Ben’s DNA sample when Hnes Ward farts.
    However Berry to the Browns would be super, Bown is a stopgap measure as is Delholme and some of the other acquisitions. Regardless of the age concerns I still feel the Browns have upgraded the overall talent of the team. Our previously QB’s had no real mentoring, It will be nice to see a vetran presence on the field for a change.

  32. ninjapleazee says: Apr 4, 2010 1:48 PM

    dont they ever moderate these posts? Tibor’s dumbass remarks should have been deleted not even posted but then again, I’m sure Florio needs the hits on this site

  33. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Apr 4, 2010 1:51 PM

    cgc1969 – I know about Cribbs, I was being sarcastic.

  34. SteelerH8er says: Apr 4, 2010 1:59 PM

    Reply to frozen:
    Society lost civility when Al Gore created the internet. With online communication there is no face-to-face retribution for poor tasteless comentary so the author feels free to spew whatever he/she thinks without a common sense check. Maybe that is what we need in addition to spell check, a common sense check on our tool bar.

  35. WingT says: Apr 4, 2010 2:03 PM

    7th is too high for Eric Berry

  36. jackybadass says: Apr 4, 2010 2:08 PM

    i thought those dumb browns were goinna take tebo? no playoff”s for the brownies ! 7-9 tops.

  37. Bob Nelson says: Apr 4, 2010 2:13 PM

    Okay Tibor. Sean Taylor may not have been the best off field guy, but he was murdered in his own home when he wasn’t looking for trouble.
    Sean Taylor an example of why every citizen should be armed in their own home.

  38. Cdbrown5 says: Apr 4, 2010 2:14 PM

    Is there even a chance he is there at 7? I don’t think he gets past KC.

  39. tudefit says: Apr 4, 2010 2:15 PM

    tibors comment may rate as one of the most idiotic, classless and thoughtless posts I recall, and I’ve seen plenty. Personally if I see a post by this jerkoff again, I’ll pass over it.

  40. clevelandmack says: Apr 4, 2010 2:21 PM

    Lmfao @ brown having injury history. When did injuries prior to 6th grade start being part of a players Injury history? Thats when i’m assuming your refering to since he hasnt missed a game since then.

  41. Dixon29 says: Apr 4, 2010 2:22 PM

    Calling someone (Tibor) names for what he posted and then wishing bad things upon him makes you just as bad as him. I bet Tibor is loving this, he is getting more attention than his parents ever gave him apparently.

  42. OLDCRACKER says: Apr 4, 2010 2:23 PM

    Let’s stop all the hate. This article was about the Browns’ moves and the possibility of drafting Berry.
    I would like to see the Browns get KC’s #5 pick and somehow keep their #7. I would love to see both Haden & Berry in the D. But, that’s probably a pipe dream.
    But seriously, if we’re wishing ill of others, doesn’t that make us of the same ilk?

  43. rea725 says: Apr 4, 2010 2:29 PM

    Berry would be a fine pick….followed with Colt McCoy in the 2nd round. ST was a very good player who’d turned his life around.

  44. Boon says: Apr 4, 2010 2:40 PM

    It’s everyone hate Tibor day, I’ll just say what a classy comment. And as for drafting safeties in the top ten(arsewhooper), all of those named safeties have gone to teams with glaring holes. Had Sean Taylor still been alive, that would allow Laron Landry to play SS. Which we all know is his natural position. Would have been quite the awesome safety combo, seeing as though when Sean Taylor died, he was tied for the league lead in INT’s.

  45. Colts18 says: Apr 4, 2010 2:41 PM

    Everyone is forgetting about Bob Sanders. still one of the best safties when hes actually playing

  46. Playoffs?! says: Apr 4, 2010 2:51 PM

    @ Tibor
    C’mon now, that was classless on every level. You should definitely be ashamed of yourself. Making such a comment on Easter Sunday, no less. Unbelievable…

  47. jimmy_b says: Apr 4, 2010 2:53 PM

    If the Browns can find a trade partner they should trade down and draft Earl Thomas. They could package the 3rd round pick they got for trading down, along with their 2nd round pick to get back high enough into the 1st round and draft CB Kyle Wilson. Then the Browns could move Eric Wright to the nickel back to cover slot receivers – which is what he is best suited for.

  48. J-Lamont says: Apr 4, 2010 3:09 PM

    As someone who’s seen the Browns defense (and team as a whole) I really don’t think they have that many holes to fill as much as they have problems with who should be starting and who shouldn’t. The team looked better when their backups were playing than they did when their starters were out there which is a talent evaluation issue. This is the same team that saw Derek Anderson who was at one time their 3rd string QB go to the Pro Bowl in 07 and their 3rd string running back Harrison almost break the single season record for yards in a game when he finally played and both loose jobs to guys like Brady Quinn and Jamal Lewis who didn’t perform well but were well known names. The Cleveland Browns seem like the team that would have Payton Manning and Adrianne Peterson on their practice squad with Charlie Frye and William Green as starters. Just a head scratcher.

  49. Ubernerd232 says: Apr 4, 2010 3:19 PM

    @Colts18
    Sanders wasn’t a top 10 pick, that’s why he’s not being discussed here.

  50. arsewhooper says: Apr 4, 2010 3:21 PM

    Boon,
    You are right…those teams have glaring holes…no safety without hindsight is worth a top 10 pick…ever. Drafting a safety should be a last priority because the affect the least amount of plays as anyone on the field. Period.

  51. Viper2000 says: Apr 4, 2010 3:26 PM

    Tibor hasn’t seen the football since kickoff!! There will never be another beast like #21.

  52. Dawgpounder86 says: Apr 4, 2010 3:29 PM

    I don’t care who the Clowns draft, they won’t win more than 5 games this season, The fans need to run out mangini and Holmgren then maybe lerner will sell the team to someone who knows football.

  53. mkbn43240 says: Apr 4, 2010 3:44 PM

    MyronB – What kind of inury history does Sheldon Brown have when he has never missed a game in the NFL?
    Dawgpounder86 – AMAZING Post.
    Do your parents know you are online? Isn’t it nap time about now?

  54. Dawgpound2009 says: Apr 4, 2010 4:04 PM

    If Berry falls to # 7 the browns should not hestiate to pull the trigger – If Berry is gone and Clausen is available you need to pick him. If not both are gone – Go with Mcclain .
    I have a feeling they will go with Derrick Morgan
    if Berry is gone.

  55. Orange&Brown4life says: Apr 4, 2010 4:05 PM

    Tibor that was probably the most disrespectful comment ever written on this website , you are truly a piece a shi*.

  56. ham1 says: Apr 4, 2010 4:21 PM

    Tibor is trolling
    He knew the backlash he created…dont pay the egomanic with the inferiority complex any more heed.

  57. willsanity209 says: Apr 4, 2010 4:27 PM

    Shame on you Tibor! You are the definition of scum of the earth.

  58. Perseus says: Apr 4, 2010 4:28 PM

    MyronB youre an idiot, sheldon brown has not missed one game in his entire career. In fact, he says that he hasnt missed a game since sixth grade. check your facts before you make a dumb post like that again and look like a fool.

  59. mkbn43240 says: Apr 4, 2010 4:31 PM

    J Lamont – Did you watch any games over the past couple of years? Anderson had a career year in 2007 and then totally imploded so Quinn had to get his chance. Anderson was the Browns third stringer because he had NEVER played one snap in an NFL game.
    Jamal Lewis had 2 straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons for the Browns and that hadn’t happened for over 20 years.
    Prior to the end of last season, Harrison had shown flashes of being good but had never proved himself and Jamal Lewis is a future Hall of Famer.

  60. HereThere says: Apr 4, 2010 4:50 PM

    Dawgpounder86–I don’t care who the Clowns draft, they won’t win more than 5 games this season, The fans need to run out mangini and Holmgren then maybe lerner will sell the team to someone who knows football.”
    You’re the worst kind of fan. Lerner’s only problem is that he’s listened to fans like you for too long. All you guys want to do is fire your coaches and GMs. You should be grateful to have a guy like Holmgren running your team. But no, you’d rather run Mangini and Holmgren out of town. Brilliant. Then again, you’re the same fans that cried and hated winning 10 games in 2007 because Brady Quinn wasn’t starting. Cleveland doesn’t even deserve a team with the way it treats its players, coaches (still making RAC fat jokes?) and front office.

  61. fridayndfan says: Apr 4, 2010 4:58 PM

    god if Berry is gone please do not draft Claussen, I’m an ND fan (been a tough couple seasons being a browns fan & irish fan) & I still don’t think Claussen is ready or good enough for the NFL. Plus the browns have way too many holes to address to waste a pick on a QB in the 1st two rounds. maybe get a 3rd or 4th rounder this year or go after Jake Locker next year

  62. bengals4real says: Apr 4, 2010 5:30 PM

    Tibors been a troll for years…he is thedefinition of scum.

  63. EdBurns666 says: Apr 4, 2010 5:57 PM

    I can see the Steelers getting Haden if they move up. They have needs on the O-Line, D-Line, ILB, and CB. Depending on Holmes situation, WR may move up in the priority list, along with QB, depending on what goes down in Georgia. I don’t think there’s a safe bet as to the Steelers, or Browns will pick based on totally differing factors.

  64. HereThere says: Apr 4, 2010 6:13 PM

    Dawgpounder86–I don’t care who the Clowns draft, they won’t win more than 5 games this season, The fans need to run out mangini and Holmgren then maybe lerner will sell the team to someone who knows football.”
    You’re the worst kind of fan. Lerner’s only problem is that he’s listened to fans like you for too long. All you guys want to do is fire your coaches and GMs. You should be grateful to have a guy like Holmgren running your team. But no, you’d rather run Mangini and Holmgren out of town. Brilliant. Then again, you’re the same fans that cried and hated winning 10 games in 2007 because Brady Quinn wasn’t starting. Cleveland doesn’t even deserve a team with the way it treats its players, coaches (still making RAC fat jokes?) and front office.

  65. rolli1967 says: Apr 4, 2010 6:57 PM

    Tibor, you are a heartless jackass! SHAME ON YOU for posting such a hateful/hurtful comment on a deceased fellow human being, Especially on EASTER. You should consider yourself very lucky that some sort of misfortune does not befall you or someone you care about. BAD KARMA DUDE!!! THINK BEFORE YOU POST!!
    DawgPounder86-You are not a true browns fan and your screen name is an insult to a long-standing Browns tradtion. The Browns finally have a credible front office and are making some great off-season moves and all you can do is spew negativiety and ask for them to be run out of town before they have had a chance to make the Browns great again. Go root for the Steelers LOSER!!

  66. ALAN HUBERT says: Apr 4, 2010 7:06 PM

    Easter, SHMEASTER, c’mon they’re the Brownies…they’ll always suck!

  67. rolli1967 says: Apr 4, 2010 7:19 PM

    Mr Hubert, I will laugh at you specifically when the Browns make the playoffs in 2011. 2010 the rebuilding of the Browns continues and will finish at least 8-8.

  68. nyjshane88 says: Apr 4, 2010 7:35 PM

    FLORIO – I think the latest jackass poster on here, Tibor, has confirmed my idea that people should have to pass some kind of test to be allowed to post on here. Really they should have to pass a test to be allowed to go out in public but you can actually control the 1st one. Make it some combo of football knowledge, common decency, and a minimum elementary school education (although I’d be cool with much higher). That would weed out the low life tools with none of the above qualifications and make it more pleasant for those us with a functioning brain. Think about it!

  69. PossibleCabbage says: Apr 4, 2010 7:52 PM

    I would be really surprised if Berry is still there at #7.

  70. myeaglescantwin says: Apr 4, 2010 8:03 PM

    WHO THE HELL IS CLEVELAND.
    seriously drowned yourself if you live in OHIO

  71. brownsfansinceconcieved says: Apr 4, 2010 8:11 PM

    Here we go Shittsburgh it’s Official.
    RECORD=13/3
    13 indicted
    3 convicted
    (pssssttttt! you know who they are).
    anyway.
    Should name Charlie Batch starter right away.
    He knows the cleveland system.
    HEY SANTONIO!
    Tell’em Pollitely
    Kill yourself

  72. Tom says: Apr 4, 2010 8:25 PM

    I’m sick and tired of all these creeps that got in trouble and we all think they are wonderful for turning their life around. DON’T GET INTO TROUBLE TO BEGIN WITH!!

  73. Tom says: Apr 4, 2010 8:30 PM

    I’m sick and tired of all these creeps that got in trouble and we all think they are wonderful for turning their life around. DON’T GET INTO TROUBLE TO BEGIN WITH!!

  74. WingT says: Apr 4, 2010 8:45 PM

    @fridayndfan
    Damn bro, ND and a Browns fan – you’re overdue

  75. Dawgpound2009 says: Apr 4, 2010 9:04 PM

    When you Jake Delhomme as potentially being your starting QB and there is a potential franchise QB staring you in the face, you make the pick. If Berry is gone; it makes the most sense.
    Colt Mccoy has no arm and is about as accurate as a rifle with a bent barrel when he is pressured. Tony Pike looks like he going to be a mainstay on injured reserve. Who does that leave ? Lefevor ? Jarret Brown ? Jevan Snead ? Hardly franchise QB material there. Few if any spread offense QBs have made the transition to a pro style offense. Stafford and Sanchez came from pro style offenses and were the top two QBs last year. It makes a difference.

  76. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 4, 2010 9:13 PM

    While it’s true the Browns have alot of holes to fill, the MOST pressing need has to be impact safety. One who can help all aspects of the D…and Berry is just that. If he’s there it’s a no brainer. I just hope he’s still there.

  77. bsbfthedrive says: Apr 4, 2010 9:26 PM

    Hey funi, actually Thomas and Cribbs will be a mainstay in the pro bowl the next 8-10 years AND the Browns are on ‘national’ tv. Most recently, they beat the Steelers on Thursday night football the last month of the season to keep them out of the playoffs…nice try.

  78. brownsfansinceconcieved says: Apr 4, 2010 11:20 PM

    @bsbfthedrive
    right on!
    Remind them of that!
    Remind them of how Ben spent more time on his back than? (I was gonna say something about some of his girlfriends)
    but, I forgot he has none
    so,
    nevermind,
    In Cleveland to boot!
    lord have mercy
    ————————————————-
    @myeaglescantwin
    Sucks to be you! haha

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