The Cleveland Browns are a sixth round pick richer, but a wide receiver poorer. At the trade deadline on Tuesday, the Browns shipped off wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a 2025 sixth round pick.
Peoples-Jones, a fan favorite, managed just 98 yards on eight catches in all of 2023 thus far. The move has been scrutinized on social media despite the Browns getting an asset for nine games of a player who was not producing in their offense. Rookie third rounder Cedric Tillman will now get a chance to step up for the Browns in Peoples-Jones’ absence.
From the perspective of this writer, the grade gets a B as the Browns get at least something for a player who would have walked in free agency regardless. However, there is a solid chance the Browns could have gotten a fourth round pick had they traded him before the season.
How would you grade the trade?