Cleveland Browns rumored to have interest in trading for New York Jets WR Elijah Moore
Mary Kay Cabot from cleveland.com suggests that the Cleveland Browns have a growing interest in the third-year wide receiver from Ole Miss.
According to Cabot, the Browns were interested in Moore prior to the trade deadline last season.
“Moore was on the Browns’ radar at the trade deadline last season when the wideout asked to be traded. The Jets weren’t ready at the time, but maybe they will be now.”
The Jets may have had cold feet last season, but there’s a possibility that the WR could be moved this offseason.
After putting up an impressive season as a rookie (43 catches, 538 yards and 6 total TDs across 11 games), Moore regressed heavily in his sophomore season. Between the lack of involvement in the offense, his outbursts against then-offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, and Moore personally requesting a trade, it seemed imminent that the two sides would be parting ways sooner than later.
Out goes Moore, in comes Lazard?
The Jets aren’t the only people waiting on a decision from Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers’ teammate, wide receiver Allen Lazard, is also waiting to see where Rodgers intends to play in 2023. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Rodgers’ destination “will be a factor” for Lazard.
From Free Agency Frenzy on @nflnetwork: #Packers WR Allen Lazard is, like the rest of us, waiting to see where Aaron Rodgers winds up. Rodgers’ destination will be a factor for Lazard, one of the top free-agent receivers, but he’ll make the best decision for himself. pic.twitter.com/95Ip0m5Wyw
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2023
Lazard, an unrestricted free agent, is a candidate to be Moore’s replacement if the Jets intend to move on from their 2021 second-rounder. Lazard is a versatile player who has experience playing in the slot (and just about everywhere else) and is a close friend of Rodgers.
The legal tampering period before the official start of NFL free agency begins on March 13 at 12 p.m. ET. This allows unrestricted free agents to negotiate and accept contractual terms with potential new teams. Deals cannot be officially signed until the new league year begins on Wednesday, March 15.
By that time, we’ll have a better idea about the futures of Aaron Rodgers, Elijah Moore, and Allen Lazard, including what shade of green (if any) they could be wearing.
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