Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Browns trade former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer to Packers

Includes material from FBN-Packers-Browns Trade. The trades can't be formally announced until Wednesday, the start of the NFL's new year. He completed 53.6 percent of his passes for 2,894 yards, 11 touchdowns and 22 interceptions as a rookie.

CLEVELAND (AP) - After one hard season, the Browns threw DeShone Kizer away. And in the deal, they'll be shipping 2017 second-round pick DeShone Kizer to Green Bay. The teams will also swap late-round picks, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because league rules prohibit teams from announcing any trades until next week. He's started 30 of 39 games for Green Bay, with 10 career interceptions and two touchdowns.

The Browns traded for quarterback Tyrod Taylor in their flurry of moves Friday and have two top-four picks in this year's draft, so Kizer became unnecessary. Smith, 29, is slated to make $5 million in 2018 in the second season of a three-year, $15 million contract.

Not only was accuracy an issue, but turnovers also added to the Browns' problems. He also ran for 18 touchdowns and just under 1000 yards in those two seasons.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Cleveland will be sending the 65th overall pick to Buffalo. He's spent time at both free safety and cornerback for Green Bay and can help the Browns no matter which position they decide to play him at.

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A year ago, quarterback DeShone Kizer was a borderline first-round prospect.

The Notre Dame product had a rough rookie season, as he found himself in and out of the lineup in what would be just the second 0-16 season in National Football League history.

He failed, but while he and the Browns slid toward ignominy, Kizer never complained, pointed fingers or made excuses. McCarthy stood by him, however, and the coach's patience seemingly paid off as Randall bounced back and played well in the weeks that followed.

Kizer will get the chance, elsewhere.

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