Maybe a dysfunctional team will indeed continue to do dysfunctional things.
Amid a rumor from Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository linking Washington tackle Trent Williams to the Browns, Washington has put out the word that a trade isn’t happening.
In situations like this, the truth is always elusive given the strategic benefits of obfuscation. If Washington denies the trade rumors now and the trade eventually happens, what would the consequences be?
It could be that the two teams are talking, and that Washington wants more than the Browns are willing to offer. Some think Washington president Bruce Allen is angling for a Laremy Tunsil-type package for Williams.
Browns G.M. John Dorsey recently has decried rumors of a Beckham re-trade as “fake news,” but it’s easy to make the case that Cleveland should simply admit that it’s not working and that it won’t work and that they should get what they can for him and move on. If they really want Williams and if Allen really wants Beckham, who knows what will happen?