Browns Trade For Bunkley, May Be Unaware Free Agency Has Started

Back in 2006, many pundints tabbed the Browns to take Brodrick Bunkley with their first pick (#12) in the draft.  Instead, they traded down one spot with the Ravens, let them take perennial Pro Bowler Haloti Ngata (hey, we had Ted Washington!), then they took Kamerion Wimbley.  Bunkley was taken one pick later by the Eagles.

5 years later the Browns still haven't made the playoffs, but they now have Bunkley.  It only cost them a 5th round pick, and Bunkley does provide the DL with some good depth, if 1st round pick Phil Taylor would sign and get into camp.

It's still a bit odd that the team is trading for players with draft picks when they haven't made any impact moves in free agency.  It's been reported the Browns are 32 million under the salary cap, yet have really only signed 2 players--only 1 of whom will be a starter.

They also have traded for Rams OG John Greco, which may mean bad things for Eric Steinbach's mystery injury.  It could also be a play to get some OL depth after the departure of RG Floyd Womack.  However, Greco has played primarily on the left side in his career.

Either way, the Browns have holes to fill and cash to do it with.  Hopefully they are holding out until the frenzy dies down and there becomes some good value.  It's still a little disheartening to see such little in the way of acquisitions.  It doesn't leave you with a good feeling considering all of the other negatives that are woking against them with the short off-season.

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