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Browns sign David Patten. Edwards Trade Talks

The Cleveland Browns have taken one small step at addressing our shortage at the receiver position by signing veteran David Patten from the New Orleans Saints.
Patten is turning 35 years old in August of this year. He has three Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots. He caught a touchdown reception in the Pats' victory over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. On October 21, 2001, while playing for the Pats against the Indianapolis Colts, Patten became only the sixth player in the history of the NFL to rush, pass and throw for a touchdown - the Pats won that game 38-17.
In addition to the Patriots and most recently the Saints, Patten has played for the Giants (1997-1999), Redskins (2005-2006) and our Browns (2000). He is entering his 13th pro season.
After a successful stint with the Pats, David had a miserable experience with the Skins. He was rarely played; he was openly critical of the Team for not getting him the ball more often; he suffered a serious knee injury; and then he was released.
Patten will offer some degree of depth at the receiver position, but not much. We recognize that receivers can play well into their 30s and still be successful, such as the "Prince of Bling" Owens who just signed up for chicken wings in Buffalo, but those types are rare. Patten has not done much on the field since his days with New England - and that was 5 years ago. In any event, we have a shortage at the receiver position, and Patten will help address that to a limited degree. He will add leadership and maturity and hands-on playoff experience.
All of this comes at the same time that Kokinis broke his silence today to confirm that he spoke with the Giants' GM at the Combine in Indy about a possible trade of Braylon Edwards. Kokinis says that details never materialized. It is reported that we wanted a straight up trade for Steve Smith - that would be a great move for us. The Giants refused and apparently offered two mediocre receivers or two draft picks in the 3rd and 5th rounds. We held out. Good - if the Giants want Edwards bad enough to address the Burgess situation, they will come with Smith in hand or a draft pick higher than the 5th round.
Go Browns!
-Clayton
Devo's Cleveland Browns

1 comment:

  1. WOW!

    You know I have to post this too. Old Stone Hands for a young JJ. I love it. Bring on Smith and a fifth rounder and you got a deal!

    I like Patten. I know that is not going to be popular, but he played well for me in fantasy ball. We all have guys we pull for.

    Bring back Dennis Northcutt!

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