Packers trade Damarious Randall to Browns, per report

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 10: Damarious Randall
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 10: Damarious Randall /

The Green Bay Packers have traded cornerback Damarious Randall to the Cleveland Browns.

It’s been a busy day in the NFL, and the Green Bay Packers have now joined in the fun.

Having already traded for wide receiver Jarvis Landry and quarterback Tyrod Taylor on Friday, the Browns have struck a deal with the Packers for cornerback Damarious Randall.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news.

The Packers already had a need at cornerback, but without Randall the pressure is on general manager Brian Gutekunst to add more talent at the position.

Randall, who struggled with injuries and had been inconsistent throughout his time in Green Bay, played some of his best football in the second half of 2017. For that reason it’s easy to see why the Browns had interest.

Randall, a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, was set to play a key role in the secondary under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

Now we can expect GM Gutekunst to add a few cornerbacks to the roster to build around second-year Kevin King.

The question now is how will the Packers address the cornerback position?

Will they have interest in Richard Sherman, who was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Friday? Sherman will come with a big price tag, so that would seem unlikely.

Maybe they will be in the running for a big-name free agent like Trumaine Johnson or Malcolm Butler when the new league year begins next Wednesday.

What is clear is that the Packers can’t rely solely on the draft. Even with 12 picks currently — a number that will likely have increased with the Randall trade — the team needs to add a veteran or two to the position this spring.

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Stay tuned for further updates on this trade, including what the Packers have received in return for Randall.

What are your thoughts on letting Randall leave?