The Cleveland Browns are trying to trade offensive lineman Cameron Erving, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. Erving, who played his collegiate football at Florida State, was originally selected by the Browns in the first round (19th pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.
He played in all 16 regular-season games during his rookie campaign, but made only four starts. He alternated between left guard and right guard that season. Then, last year, the 25-year-old Erving started 13 games, 12 of them coming at center and the other at right tackle. The Moultrie, Georgia native struggled mightily at center last season and has exclusively been at right tackle this preseason, where he says he is more comfortable due to less overall responsibility at the position.
Erving, who is currently dealing with a calf injury and is considered week-to-week, has two more years remaining on his deal. Once Erving went down with the calf issue last week, second-year offensive lineman Shon Coleman took his job. Now, the Browns view Erving as expendable. Cleveland is also shopping Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden, so the Browns are very active on the trade front at this point in time.
The Browns went 1-15 last season, the worst mark in franchise history. They have not made the playoffs since the 2002-03 campaign, the second-longest active postseason drought in the NFL. Only the Buffalo Bills, who have not qualified for the playoffs since the 1999-2000 season, have a more prolonged absence.
Cleveland has won its first three preseason games and will take on the Chicago Bears in its exhibition finale on Saturday.