Browns trying to trade Cody Kessler

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After starting eight games in Cleveland as a rookie in 2016, Cody Kessler was demoted to third string in 2017. Now the Browns are ready to cut ties with Kessler.

Cleveland is trying to trade Kessler, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Kessler showed some promise as a rookie, finishing his first season with a 92.3 passer rating on a lousy Browns offense. But last year both DeShone Kizer started while Kessler rode the bench, and even when Kizer was benched the Browns went to Kevin Hogan instead.

So it’s clear that the Browns don’t think a lot of Kessler. Now they’ll see if any other team thinks enough of him to give up a draft pick for him.

48 responses to “Browns trying to trade Cody Kessler

  1. I thought Kessler played pretty well as a rookie. Seemed to have good awareness and confidence in the pocket – was careful with the ball. But, what do I know?

  2. I don’t know why they gave up on Kessler last year – I thought he was their best qB on the roster based on what I saw in 2016. He DID have some concussions though…..

  3. Kessler showed some promise as a rookie, finishing his first season with a 92.3 passer rating.
    So this guy stinks so bad the Browns don’t want him but you guys point to Kaepernick’s rating in 2016 to show how good he was…and his was lower than this guy.

  4. But last year both DeShone Kizer started while Kessler rode the bench, and even when Kizer was benched the Browns went to Kevin Hogan instead.

    beautiful sentence structure Michael…….. F in prose…. loser!!!!

  5. Browns gonna trade or release kessler only for him to turn into tom brady jr and whatever QB they draft will end up being a total bust.

  6. Kessler is an example of why you need a strong arm and big hands. It is not about throwing it 60 yds in the air. A strong arm is needed to get rid of the ball fast and get it past the line of scrimmage when the rush comes. He is now so shell shocked that when the rush comes he now puts two hands on the ball and flops down.

  7. I would have been happier if Miami had given the Browns that 7th Rd pick in next year’s draft back to them for Kessler than them sign Brock.

  8. Evaluating a guy that quarterbacked the Browns is like trying to evaluate a quarterback that played for Fisher.

  9. Hue thought Kessler was the “franchise” QB of the 2016 draft
    Hue thought Kizer was the “franchise” QB of the 2017 draft.
    Hue thinks he knows who the “franchise” QB of the 2018 draft.

    I guess Hue is consistent.

  10. He’s not terrible. Could be a good backup. Nonetheless, not the kind of player you trade anything for. There will be a dozen or more equally serviceable guys on the waiver wire this summer.

  11. If I were a GM, I’d send a 7th round pick for Kessler but they would have to throw in a copy of “The Room” and an autographed photo of Tommy Wiseau.

  12. You know, this is way more insane than it looks at face value. Kizer was beyond awful and although there is hope for improvement, it would be a miracle for him to turn into a franchise QB. Meanwhile, you have Kessler behind him, a guy with hardly any pedigree but has generally produced well when played, and yet the team continually screws him.

    Why is the NFL so polarized on these types of QBs. Is Case Keenum that much better than Cody Kessler? Not really. You throw Kessler on a playoff team, give him a little time to learn the system, and he’ll be making $20 million before long.

    Teams just are so poor at scouting QBs… Almost all of them are. Bradford gets a 1st round pick yet Jimmy G only a 2nd? Keenum is an awful QB until he is considered truly amazing? Obviously, the Browns are the worst of the worse evaluating QBs.

    If I were Kessler, I would demand a trade or release. The Browns coaching staff/FO have already gone all-in on the Kizer disaster, so they are going down with the ship on that decision. Kessler will never play.

  13. Kessler’s problem isn’t his ability; it’s his unwillingness to take even the slightest bit of risk. He has a stronger arm than he gets credit for, but he never used it because he didn’t have the weapons the last two years. I think a sixth-round pick for him would be a steal for a team that needs a quality backup.

  14. I suspect he will get picked up by someone (Brandon Weeden did), but he was never promising in my book. Yes he had that good 2016 season (9 games, 65% completion, 3:1 TD:INTs) but that was 9 games no tape. Can’t blame him for the team around him though so I think someone gives him a chance.

  15. discdistance says:
    March 27, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    The Browns coaching staff/FO have already gone all-in on the Kizer disaster, so they are going down with the ship on that decision.
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    Perhaps you missed it. The Packers traded one of their best players for Kizer.

  16. This would be such a Patriots move to trade pennies on the dollar for Brady’s backup and succession plan. Still only 24 (25 in May). Don’t know much about him, but from what little I’ve watched from him at USC and Cleveland, he’s pretty good, at the very least better and younger than Hoyer.

  17. Traded to NE, becomes heir apparent to Brady and wins the next three superbowls.

    -Just Cleveland things.
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    Not gonna lie, that made me bust a gut…but also about s**t a brick.

    B/c…a.) I actually think Kessler is legit/mad decent. I mean, a 92.3 QB rating or whatever the number was…for THAT team?!? That’s downright heroic. B.) That would be SO Cleveland, absolutely c.) It would also be so New England, I must admit

    This can not happen. Todd Haley, work your mole magic and ensure he ends up in the NFC!!

  18. castropigsocks says:
    March 27, 2018 at 4:14 pm
    Kessler showed some promise as a rookie, finishing his first season with a 92.3 passer rating.
    So this guy stinks so bad the Browns don’t want him but you guys point to Kaepernick’s rating in 2016 to show how good he was…and his was lower than this guy.
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    Excellent points negated by Kessler being really REALLY BAD.

  19. In the right system he could flourish. Just look what Foles became once a coach realized how to play to his strengths

  20. I do have an opinion about Manzell, not Kessler. HOWEVER, a 92 rating for 6 games with the Browns must say something other than what I read here. Maybe the Steelers will swap Jones for Kessler even. I would.

  21. Yeah and I want the Jaguar dealer down the street to give me $10K trade-in for my ’86 Yugo but that ain’t happening either.

  22. The Browns consider Kessler a bust and want to dump him our of Berea on the next garbage truck. Yet look at his stats: his TD/INT ration is better than Darnold’s; his completion percentage is better than Darnold’s – yet the Browns are considering Darnold? Isn’t he just like a mirror or that which they are putting in the next garbage truck? By the way, wouldn’t surprise me if Huey is on that same truck to the recycling center…or garbage dump.

  23. The Browns coaching staff/FO have already gone all-in on the Kizer disaster, so they are going down with the ship on that decision.
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    Perhaps you missed it. The Packers traded one of their best players for Kizer.
    ________

    Not to mention Sashi Brown is already gone. John Dorsey wasn’t responsible for bringing Kizer in AT ALL. He WAS 100% responsible for shipping him OUT, however.

    Now that I’ve mentioned “shipping out” and how Sashi is already gone…this is the part where I say Hue Jackson isn’t far behind, as he should have been canned in the offseason, if not midseason.

    It wasn’t Kessler’s fault the Browns went 1-15 & it wasn’t Kizer’s fault they went 0-16…Hue is the common denominator. Todd Haley is already a presumptive interim-in-waiting at this very instant…

  24. The one good thing for all these young QBS getting shipped out of Cleveland ,is at least they still have quite a few years to carve out a career with another NFL TEAM. I HOPE ALL OF THEM DO WELL NOW THAT THE BROWNS GAVE UP ON THEM AND THEY CAN GET SOME REAL COACHING.

  25. anyone who watched a browns’ game last season clearly can tell that kessler’s pocket presence was non-existent…he took minimum 2 sacks per possession it seemed like. this with an offensive line that even after joe thomas went down they still played decent. seriously doubt you can get anything for him at this point.

  26. Kessler wasn’t bad. He falls into the “not going to win you games but not going to lose you games” category of QB which means on teams that need a QB to win the games he’s useless. The Colts should probably take a look at him since Andrew Luck is only throwing nerf balls right now just in case they need a backup for Brissett. Then again the teams that were trying to trade for Brissett should probably kick the tires on Kessler as well.

  27. As a Browns fan I’d like nothing more than to get something out of the guy Hue said was going to be a star and we just needed to trust him. Reality, why would anyone give up anything for him, everyone knows he will be cut before training camp, if not sooner.

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