The Cleveland Browns defeated the Washington Commanders today by a score of 24-10. But it was what happened after the game that raises a question here. Daron Payne, defensive tackle for Washington, and Browns’ wide receiver Amari Cooper (who racked up two touchdowns on the day) did a classic jersey swap, which is nothing on the surface and may mean nothing in totality.
Two University of Alabama alums exchanging jerseys makes sense, especially two players as talented as Payne and Cooper. However, by posting about it on Instagram, one can tell that Payne has a high opinion of Cooper, who came before him in Tuscaloosa. If Payne does, in fact, carry a high opinion of Cooper, then a conversation could lure the current Commander to Cleveland.
There are a few obstacles still in the way as the Commanders could utilize the franchise tag on Payne. However, it would be nice for those two sacks he racked up today to come for the Browns instead of against them.