Browns ship DeShone Kizer to the Packers

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The Browns aren’t done making moves on the last Friday of the league year. Like the Rams, Cleveland will be finalizing four different trades on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. ET. Maybe more.

Per multiple reports, the Browns have traded quarterback DeShone Kizer to the Packers. He’s the compensation to Green Bay for the trade that will send cornerback Damarious Randall to Cleveland. It’s unknown whether any draft picks were involved in the deal

Kizer, a second-round pick in 2017, joins Brett Hundley and Joe Houlihan Callahan on the Green Bay depth chart behind Aaron Rodgers. The former Notre Dame quarterback started 15 games as a rookie with the Browns, but he apparently has been identified by new G.M. John Dorsey as a player who needed to go — possibly due in part to the 28 turnovers he generated last year.

And go he will, increasing the likelihood that the Browns added a rookie (possibly with the first or fourth overall pick) to join a depth chart that now consists of Tyrod Taylor, Cody Kessler, and Kevin Hogan.

109 responses to “Browns ship DeShone Kizer to the Packers

  1. Same franchise couldn’t even file paperwork to pull off a trade last season. The Browns went from never having a drink to having nightly benders in a span of months.

  2. The Demarious Randall rally towards the latter part of last season must not have been enough. This may tilt the Pack’s top draft choice once again towards CB. Interesting.

  3. Go Dorsey. I’m sorry I like the kid and think he could have a future if he learns behind someone – not many (if any) better than Aaron Rodgers. But he wasn’t going to be leading the Browns into 2018, and as such I am not sure there was space in the QB room. I wish him luck – but I am excited about the moves for the Browns today. NFL doesn’t need bad teams.

  4. Looks like Green Bay realized the value of a backup QB in the even their savior Rodgers is ever unable to play.

  5. Dear Mr. Hundley,

    Thank You for your service but we have decided to go in another direction.

    Signed
    Packer Share Holder V.P.

  6. Wow, talk about “fast and Furious”. In three hours the Browns have retooled the whole team.

  7. Since the Packers rarely if ever keep 3 QBs in the active roster, you can say “Good-Bye” to the Brett Hundley experiment in Green Bay

    I guess Datone Jones was wrong…Hundley will NOT be a future Hall of Fame Quarterback!
    Ridiculous

    Replacing Hundley with Kizer hardly seems like an upgrade

  8. Hahahaha. I’m not laughing at the Packers, I’m laughing w….., ok I am laughing at them.

  9. Welp… I can say I saw enough of him to know he’s NOT going to be anyone’s answer at QB for a long while. He was/ is very young, even for rookies last year. So maybe he turns into a mediocre backup in time but I seriously doubt he’ll ever be more than that. I’m not mad at this development for Cleveland. Especially for Randall.

  10. Packers have a history of letting good DB’s go. Let Casey Hayward and Micah Hyde walk who went on to become pro-bowlers. Now trade Damarious Randall who may be their most talented DB for who a QB that’s not much of an upgrade over Hundley at backup. I hope there are also some draft picks coming the Packers way.

  11. The only QB bad enough to choke a game away to Brett Hundley…is now the guy who will replace him…Kizer and Hundley are the only ones that can save the season if Rodgers gets hurt again? thank you football gods….

  12. VJ73:
    Replacing Hundley with Kizer hardly seems like an upgrade
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    Especially if you own stock in Wrigley's.

  13. How best to address to the long-term lack of protection for Rodgers now that his collar bone has been glued back together? I know! – get yet another QB who can run around even faster! Genius.

  14. vikingjack73 says:
    March 9, 2018 at 7:01 pm
    Since the Packers rarely if ever keep 3 QBs in the active roster, you can say “Good-Bye” to the Brett Hundley experiment in Green Bay

    I guess Datone Jones was wrong…Hundley will NOT be a future Hall of Fame Quarterback!
    Ridiculous

    Replacing Hundley with Kizer hardly seems like an upgrade

    fartweasel says:
    March 9, 2018 at 7:01 pm
    Hahahaha. I’m not laughing at the Packers, I’m laughing w….., ok I am laughing at them.

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    The thing is if the tradition of fortunes plays out with luck working as it always seems to…then Kizer will develop into the next franchise qb GB needed to fill Rodgers’s shoes.

    Im not talking about how luck works for GB, Im talking about how it tends to work for the Browns.

  15. It appears that the Packers will need to use all their draft picks on defensive players this year. After his upcoming contract extension, Rodgers will be expected to put up 50+ points every game.

  16. Cleveland is taking Donald 1st over all !!!!so I think out of Cousins race…Cousins to Vikings…..Rosen to Denver(5th} Mayfield Jets 6th…Allen to a FOOL..Then Jackson to AZ !!!!!!!

  17. Well this all makes sense now. Totally explains that unexplainable pass Kizer had against the Packers that cost the Browns their only win of the season. A little wink wink, nod nod going on. The only way the Packers win anymore is shenanigans.

  18. Good for Kizer he’s out of Cleveland but bad for kizer in that how sad is it that Cleveland got rid of you after only a year and spent a 2nd rounder to get you?

  19. Richard Sherman is on record saying he would gladly take far less money to play with his old college rival Aaron Rodgers….true story look it up.
    Guess we’ll see if that’s true

  20. More games are lost than won. Taylor doesn’t do a ton to win them, but he sure does do a ton to not lose them. Getting to a level of not-crippling QB play is huge for the Browns.

  21. Hundley had 3 YEARS in a good program with quality coaches and the ability to learn from a HOF MVP.

    Didn’t perform. Infact, needed OT to beat Kizer. A guy on the worst team in football and ‘taught’ by one of the worst coaching groups in the league. A guy who was a ROOKIE and came out too early. The drop from Hundley to Kizer isn’t much and Kizer has a chance to be better. Hundley – he had a chance. Didn’t and likely won’t.

    Randall was the best of a bad squad. Really not anything to brag about. He played like a 3/4 rounder. Inconsistant, attitude issues and lots of blown assignments.

    Packers lost a body, not irreplaceable talent.

  22. This was one of the moves we suggested to GMGutey. Kizer is the most exciting young QB in the league. We needed to re-do cornerback position. Stay tuned to see how we do it. It will be EXCITING

  23. The Browns only gave up a 3rd round pick for Tyrod Taylor, so I doubt they’re looking at him as their future. Now that they got rid of Kizer, I feel a little better. It tells me they’re going to go after a QB with the 1st pick, and let him compete with Taylor. If that’s not the plan, we’ll probably be seeing another new GM in Cleveland pretty soon. If they actually think Taylor is the answer, and they’re going to surround him with good players, Dorsey won’t be around long.

  24. You can’t fairly evaluate your roster with a turnover artist at QB. Taylor, if only a bridge, sets a baseline for not-disastrous where you can actually fairly assess the roster.

  25. Kizer was good in college but he should have stayed there for another year of seasoning.

  26. Cyz says:
    March 9, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Looks like Green Bay realized the value of a backup QB in the even their savior Rodgers is ever unable to play.
    ———————–

    Let’s hope they can find one.

  27. But why? They already have a Kizer clone in Brett Hundley. He can’t play either. What are they thinking out there?

  28. HaHa! you use track changes to track your errors. You suck! Don’t let this distract you from the fact that the Philadelphia Eagles are World Champions! Best Team in all of Football!

  29. HAHAHAHAHAHA….Pack dropping fast…looks like last place to me. LOLOLOLOL Cleveland West is now an insult to Cleveland…I apologize to Browns’ fans.

  30. sbdt says:
    March 9, 2018 at 6:54 pm
    “Possibly” due to 28 turnovers
    =================================

    You never know man…

    signed, Jared Goff

  31. Nick Foles proved that a backup quarterback CAN win a Super Bowl for his team! Come on guys….give these guys like Hundley, Kizer and Tyrod Taylor some love. Miracles DO happen!

  32. I am not sure if this is bad to worse or worse to worster!! I know worster is not a word but it is a word as much as DiShone Kizer is an NFL quarterback. As a Bears fan and an NFL North fan I love this.

  33. Randall was widely reported to be a locker room cancer, the Packers Veteran committee recommended that the Packers get rid of him so while it appears that Cleveland got the better of the deal (trading a second round pick in Kizer for a first round pick in Randall), its addition by subtraction for the Packers.

    Huntley needs to pack his bags now, the Packers don’t need him, can’t trade him and there is no way he makes the final 53. He is a good example of why holding a clip board can be the best gig in pro football and his plan failed him when he was forced to play and exposed to the rest of the NFL that he sucks.

  34. And Packer fans were thinking that Gutekunst would be an improvement over Thompson.

    Giving up a functional CB for the a non functional QB…

    Of course, the Pack might be thinking their QB coaching staff might be able to groom Kizer into Rodgers replacement.

    Just look at how that same staff groomed Hundley!

    Oh, wait….

  35. HAHAHAHAHAHA….Pack dropping fast…looks like last place to me
    ——————————————————————————————
    i’m no Packers fan, but you really think the Bears will leap frog a healthy Packers team??? The Lions have talent, but i dont think they’ll be better than Green Bay next year and if Minnesota goes back with Bridgewater or Keenum, then i’d agree that they’ll be in front of Green Bay, BUT if the rumor of Kirk Cousins becomes true and the Vikings sign him, i’d put my money on Green Bay over Kirk Cousins. Being a Redskin fan, i’ve seen Cousins fail to win big games vs. division opponents. his record vs. Dallas is dreadful.

    Now to the trade, it was a win for both teams. the Packers wanted Randall out…..As for Kizer, i think he’s better than Hundley. his arm is stronger and he takes more chances, the issue was he was thrown into the fire too soon. i dont think he’s great or ready to start by any means, but i think he’s a fine backup to have and a slight upgrade from Hundley and to make the situation better, they got something for a guy they didnt really want anyway.

  36. I can only assume Gutekunst did this to swap the 4th and 5th round picks, cause Kizer isn’t any better than Huntley. This could be a problem given that MM’s QB “development” skills only appear to work with young QBs with predisposed HOF skills.

  37. The Browns seem to finally have a competent front office. Trading for a stable veteran QB like Taylor was smart because now they don’t have to draft a QB at 1 or 4. They could get Barkley at 1, Fitzpatrick or Chubb at 4, and draft a decent QB in the second or third round. I think most Browns fans would be happy with that draft result. Getting a Landry was also a good move. He gives them a legit #1 WR, which takes pressure off of Gordon. Good for Cleveland.

  38. The Vikes did not franchise tag any of their quarterbacks, so they are probably going after one of the free agents not currently on their roster.

  39. The Brownies have been recycling quarterbacks since Hue Jackson took over. RGIII, Brock Osweiller and now Tyrod 15 million bucks Taylor. Fits a pattern. Jackson tried to resurrect the career of Carson Palmer when he was head coach in Oakland.

  40. Wow! So now the Packers have Tom Brady’s brain, Cam Newton’s body and Aaron Rodgers!

    At least according to Deshone Kizer..

  41. Good luck to DeShone. Patience was and is needed with Keyser, so VERY predictable that rushing him was a disaster. Now he can sit back and learn from a master!

  42. There is actually a pretty big difference between Kizer and Hundley. Kizer has a much better arm and can actually throw a deep ball well. Secondly, Kizer hasn’t sat on the bench for 3 years like Hundley has. He started right off the bat without the likes of Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman, and Joe Thomas for the majority of the season. It’s not uncommon for rookie QB to struggle year one esp without their top wrs on one of the worst offenses in the league. This isn’t a bad bet at all. Put some talent around him and some coaching and let see what he can do.

  43. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    March 9, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    This was one of the moves we suggested to GMGutey.

    ////////////////////////////////

    You actually believe you are an owner of the team. Now that is priceless, and cute.

  44. Well Kizer did better than Hundley considering he had 3 years of interning under Rodgers. You can teach someone how to throw “smarter”. But you can’t teach someone desire. I think it is a good choice. Now lets add Sherman to the backfield!

  45. Randall lost his teammates after the benching and subsequent leaving the stadium at the half… Pettine is installing a personal accountability within-the defense… Randall was the sacrificial lamb. K King will be healthy and we will pick up a DB or two in the draft. I like the move, Randall reminds me of Javon Walker.

  46. I’m not sure if all these changes are going to work out for the Browns, but I like that they are at least trying to get better. Hue has got to be feeling a lot better about the upcoming season. Good luck Browns.

  47. Thank you Dorsey! Kizer is the worst. Hue Jackson is no QB guru that is for sure.

    Hopefully Dorsey takes the QB draft reigns from Hue ‘still hasn’t jumped in the lake’ Jackson.

  48. Also in related news, the vikings have determined Brett Hundley will be their quarterback of the future and are anxiously awaiting his release so that they can continue their long, storied tradition of signing ex-Packers.

  49. bordner says:

    Also in related news, the vikings have determined Brett Hundley will be their quarterback of the future and are anxiously awaiting his release so that they can continue their long, storied tradition of signing ex-Packers.
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    We already have an undrafted QB under contract through 2019 that has a higher upside than Hundley or Kizer.

    It took GB 3 years to learn that Hundley wasn’t any good. Hundley beat Kizer. Now GB traded away a starting CB for Kizer.

    And Packer fans a trying to put a positive spin on the trade???

  50. gtodriver says:
    March 10, 2018 at 3:35 pm
    bordner says:

    Also in related news, the vikings have determined Brett Hundley will be their quarterback of the future and are anxiously awaiting his release so that they can continue their long, storied tradition of signing ex-Packers.
    #######

    We already have an undrafted QB under contract through 2019 that has a higher upside than Hundley or Kizer.

    It took GB 3 years to learn that Hundley wasn’t any good. Hundley beat Kizer. Now GB traded away a starting CB for Kizer.

    And Packer fans a trying to put a positive spin on the trade???

    ———

    What’s funnier than anything any other team can do in the NFL,

    Is let your starting QB go this year, who actually won a playoff game, to win the off season championship by bringing in Kurt Cousins.

    Because he’s yet to win a playoff game.

    Looks more like the Viking brain trust has stock in anti-depression meds for the great state of Minnesota.

  51. andrwken says:

    What’s funnier than anything any other team can do in the NFL,

    Is let your starting QB go this year, who actually won a playoff game, to win the off season championship by bringing in Kurt Cousins.
    ##########

    Earth to andrwken…

    The Vikings haven’t let Keenum go. The Vikings still have the exclusive right to resign him at the present time. They also have the exclusive rights to Bradford and Bridgewater until FA starts.

    The Vikings may be using Cousins as leverage to get a better deal with Keenum/Bradford/Bridgewater. By this time next week, we’ll probably both know.

    The funniest thing ever in (regarding QB’s) is when Brett Favre (who was still under contract) showed up for training camp and the Packers wouldn’t let him on the field.

    Well, except for when Mike McCarthy claimed he had total confidence in Brett Hundley’s ability to lead the Packers to the playoffs in Rodgers absence…

  52. gtodriver says:
    March 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm
    andrwken says:

    What’s funnier than anything any other team can do in the NFL,

    Is let your starting QB go this year, who actually won a playoff game, to win the off season championship by bringing in Kurt Cousins.
    ##########

    Earth to andrwken…

    The Vikings haven’t let Keenum go. The Vikings still have the exclusive right to resign him at the present time. They also have the exclusive rights to Bradford and Bridgewater until FA starts.

    The Vikings may be using Cousins as leverage to get a better deal with Keenum/Bradford/Bridgewater. By this time next week, we’ll probably both know.

    The funniest thing ever in (regarding QB’s) is when Brett Favre (who was still under contract) showed up for training camp and the Packers wouldn’t let him on the field.

    Well, except for when Mike McCarthy claimed he had total confidence in Brett Hundley’s ability to lead the Packers to the playoffs in Rodgers absence…

    ——–

    Obviously the ex is being kept on speed dial in case this latest Viking booty call for a QB doesn’t pan out. How many 1st round draft pics have been used on the 3 QB stable currently? The stable that still can’t finish?

    If I was Keenum, I would move on and fly the finger to that dumpster fire in Minneapolis on my way to Arizona. He’s done more than any of the QB’s being mentioned around this team, but yet gets nothing for it?

    Well run team, if your goal is to lose a playoff game. But I guess that’s the culture after 50+ years.

    Purple bitter Kool-aid.

  53. Shinnbone says:
    March 9, 2018 at 7:40 pm
    Richard Sherman is on record saying he would gladly take far less money to play with his old college rival Aaron Rodgers….true story look it up.
    Guess we’ll see if that’s true

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    Well I looked it up and guess what, he signed with he 49ers. Nobody wants to play with Diva Rodgers.

  54. The highlights from the Vikings’ entire history consist of 4 Super Bowl losses and a most recent Super Bowl appearance over 40 years ago. Hilarious.

  55. Randall, debatably, was the Packers best corner. Not saying much, but that is the state of the Packers D right now.

    Not a smart move.

    If you’re going to dump him, why not get Danny Shelton instead, rather than a backup who shouldn’t see the field and won’t help the team.

  56. When Kizer came to Notre Dame he was poised and confident – unusual for a 18 year old kid.

    When he left N.D. his confidence was gone, thanks to Brian Kelly, but IMO he has the tools to make a good or better NFL QB.

    The Browns went winless last year and to me the biggest reason is the simplest one – ALL games are won or lost up front and the Browns had no protection for Kizer. GB has some protectors, give Kizer a while to watch Rogers and play with a decent team with competent management and THEN we’ll see if he has what it takes. I personally think he does.

    Good luck DK.

  57. Man I think the Packers may have gotten a steal in the kid he had some games to where it didn’t look to big for him kudos to the Browns for not letting him waste away on the bench, he will get some good coaching from the Packers offensive personnel.

    From afar in Duval Co.

  58. I see many people are knocking Kizer, but I think he was the best QB in the draft behind Watson. He faced tougher competition in college and the other QB drafted in the first round and the Browns got him in the 4th round. Going to GreenBay will help Kizer, he’s better than any of GBs backups so it a win for him and GB. The Brown also win … they have a Vet at QB … one of the best hands in the NFL at WR … along with a soon to be pro bowler at DB … if the do it right … select a RB for #1 and an OL at #4 … get their QB in the 2nd round … most of these guys were beaten by QBs who are available in the later rounds.

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