Browns trade QB Cody Kessler to Jaguars

The Browns have traded former beginning quarterback Cody Kessler to the Jaguars, the workforce introduced Wednesday. In trade, the Browns will obtain a 2019 conditional seventh-spherical draft decide.

Kessler, who began eight winless video games in two years with the Browns, will turn out to be backup to Blake Bortles in Jacksonville as Cleveland continues to rebuild on the quarterback place. The Jaguars have been with no backup since Chad Henne signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Chiefs earlier this month.

The 24-yr-previous was a 3rd-spherical select of USC within the 2016 NFL Draft and accomplished sixty four % of his passes for 1,506 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions in two seasons. 

“We’re excited concerning the alternative to add Cody as depth to our quarterback place,” Jaguars basic supervisor Dave Caldwell stated in a press release. “Regardless of being simply 24 years previous, Cody has already seen NFL recreation motion and was very efficient as a rookie in 2016, displaying accuracy and effectivity in posting a quarterback score of ninety-plus.

“From our analysis and thru getting to know Cody in the course of the draft course of, we all know he is a brilliant, robust and aggressive younger man and we anticipate him to be an excellent addition to our quarterback and offensive assembly rooms.”

This roster change marks the third time this offseason the Browns have made a trade centered round a quarterback. The primary got here earlier this month when Cleveland acquired Tyrod Taylor in a trade with the Payments. The Browns then despatched DeShone Kizer to the Packers in return for defensive again Damarious Randall. 

The Browns additionally signed former Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton earlier this week, and it is anticipated Cleveland will draft a quarterback with both the No. 1 or No. four general decide in subsequent month’s NFL Draft.