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Will Trade Rumors Send a Message to the Browns Locker Room?

Before the Browns kicked off Sunday’s game at FirstEnergy Stadium against the Arizona Cardinals, Ian Rapaport of the NFL Network broke a report that the team was going to be active at Tuesday’s trading deadline and that All-Pro offensive linemen Joe Thomas and Alex Mack were being dangled.

Further reports added linebackers Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo to that list. Another Browns blog site mentioned cornerback Joe Haden. And, of course, Johnny Manziel’s name has always been rumored to be on the list.

Had the Browns held on to that 20-7 halftime lead and knocked off the NFC West leaders, who came in with one of the NFL’s best defenses and boasted a strong offense to boot, all of that trade talk would have been for naught.

The Browns, sitting at 3-5 at the halfway point of the season, would still have a losing season, but at least all hope wouldn’t be lost.

Instead, the Cardinals erupted for 27 unanswered points in the second half and ran off to a 34-20 win, improving them to 6-2 and sending the Browns to a dismal 2-6.

The Browns would have to go 6-2 over the remaining eight games just to finish .500. They’d have to go 5-3 just to even last year’s 7-9 record.

And, with a nationally-televised game Thursday night against the undefeated Bengals on the road – a team that just defeated the Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger returning from injury – that doesn’t seem likely.

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Dan Gilles has been a sportswriter in Northeast Ohio for 21 years and been a fan of Cleveland Sports his entire life. He primarily covers high school sports and has also covered collegiate sports, the Lake Erie Crushers and other various pro sports as well. He has written for several newspapers and is currently with The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram. Dan is a 1992 graduate of Admiral King High School in Lorain and also has degrees from Lorain County Community College and Cleveland State University. When he's not writing, he plays the drums for a local metal band, is a Saturday night DJ at a local bar and plays in four fantasy football leagues. You can follow him on Twitter @DanGilles1973.

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  1. Mohammed

    November 2, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Poorly written article, but you made some good points. You took shots at Manziel every chance you had, when he’s been treated terrible my a terrible coach. Pettine wanted McCown all along to start, there was no competition and sat Manziel in the final two preseason games so he would drive a rift in his plan.

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