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Browns shopping former first-round pick Cameron Erving

Add Cameron Erving to the list of Browns players currently being shopped by Cleveland’s front office. While Brock Osweiler’s time with the Browns appears to have been nothing more than a cup of coffee, and Joe Haden’s tenure with the team may come to a sad, abrupt end, Mary Kay Cabot of says the team is looking to find a suitor for the erstwhile Ray Farmer All-Star in Erving.

From Cabot:

The Browns are trying to trade former first-round offensive lineman Cameron Erving, a league source told Erving, the No. 19 overall pick in 2015 out of Florida State, was competing for the right tackle job before he suffered a calf injury last week that has him week-to-week.

Now, it’s second-year lineman Shon Coleman’s job. …

If Erving is dealt, he’ll join a long list of recent first-round picks since 2011 who are no longer with the team. It includes Phil Taylor, Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, Barkevious Mingo, Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel.

Erving has been out of place since arriving in Cleveland. Drafted as the player who was to take over for Pro Bowl center Alex Mack, the former 19th overall selection flailed at right tackle before being moved inside, only to provide some of the worst tape in recent memory. Playing left tackle during the team’s first preseason game, Erving somehow committed two penalties on the opening drive.

The 19th selection in the 2015 NFL Draft was acquired the year before when Cleveland traded their early pick to Buffalo who coveted wide receiver Sammy Watkins. That very year, the Browns left the first round with Gilbert and Manziel. While 2015 netted them defensive tackle Danny Shelton, players still available at No. 19 included Bud Dupree (Pittsburgh), Malcolm Brown (New England), Landon Collins (New York).

For those keeping score at home, Farmer:

  • Was promoted in the winter of 2014 where he prepared for a draft owning the No. 4 pick where he then…
  • Let safety TJ Ward walk, opting to sign Donte Whitner (who was released last season).
  • Signed Alex Mack to a one-year deal which would blow up in the faces of the current regime last offseason.
  • Traded said No. 4 pick to Buffalo for players that would turn into Gilbert and Erving, drafting Manziel in between.
  • Passed on wide receivers like Odell Beckham Jr and Mike Evans, claiming a lack of value in touches per game, instead opted to…
  • Sign Dwayne Bowe to a contract that guaranteed him $9 million (only to have him released a year later), equating to $1.8 million per catch.
  • Was, in Feb. 2015, investigated by the NFL for sending texts to his staff during games relating to play calls, eventually leading to the departure of Kyle Shanahan.
  • Was suspended that March for the first four games of the season. The team was fined $250,000.
  • Relieved of his duties last winter where he was ultimately replaced by Sashi Brown.