Browns trade QB DeShone Kizer to Packers. That's good for all parties


Cleveland selected the rifle-armed Kizer in the second round last year, and after a unusual training camp in which he passed both Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler on the depth chart, the 22-year-old was named the Browns' starter by coach Hue Jackson. Just as he did at Notre Dame, Kizer had accuracy problems and after he threw nine picks in his first five games, Jackson benched him in favor of Kevin Hogan.

The Green Bay Packers acquired quarterback DeShone Kizer from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for defensive back Damarious Randall. Hundley showed flashes with a couple of late game rallies and a solid performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Safety Morgan Burnett's contract is also expiring and if the Packers are prepared to give rookie Josh Jones more responsibility, Burnett might be allowed to hit the open market leaving the secondary in need of substantial renovation.

After Randall and Rollins, the Packers took Ty Montgomery in the third round with pick No. 94 and linebacker Jake Ryan at No. 129 overall in the fourth round.

The Toledo, Ohio, native completed 255 of 476 passes for 2,894 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Trades can not become official until the start of the new league year on March 14. The Packers won only three games after that, enough to barely keep them in contention for a playoff berth before Rodgers returned for a December 17 loss at Carolina. 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. If he hopes to be the number two option in Green Bay next season, Hundley will have to compete with Kizer for that opportunity.

Packers backup quarterback Brett Hundley ranked 30th in the league. The Browns haven't been known for savvy quarterback management in recent years.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings have become the top team of the division in the past three years winning the NFC North two of the last three seasons and the 2015 draft shift the tides.

Randall's tenure was up-and-down in Green Bay. In search of better cornerbacks, help at wide receiver and a new backup quarterback.

The move is an interesting one for new general manager Brian Gutekunst.