Cleveland fans are used to the Browns disappointing them on Sundays in the fall, but on this specific Sunday during the summer, it seems as though many have been let down by their team again.
In a summer filled with plenty of speculation that he could be dealt at some point this offseason, wide receiver Corey Coleman, who was hoping to have a solid season this year now that he’s fully healthy, has been traded to the Buffalo Bills for a late-round pick. It was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and has already been made official.
Browns trade WR Corey Coleman to Bills
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 6, 2018
After he was selected No. 15 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, the wideout has dealt with a number of injuries and inconsistencies, both in his game and behind center. During his first two injury-plagued years in the NFL, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound wideout has totaled just 56 receptions (131 targets) for 718 yards and five touchdowns in 19 games (18 starts). His injuries haven’t helped him, but neither have his quarterbacks. He had five different quarterbacks attempt a pass to him through his first two years in the NFL
He has plenty of potential if (and hopefully when) he can remain 100 percent for an entire 16-game season, but it appears as though the Browns ran out of patience. Then again, maybe they are hoping rookie Antonio Callaway can have a solid first year in the NFL. Both Callaway and third-year wideout Rashard Higgins have looked quite impressive during training camp so far, which could have been one of the many reasons that the Browns decided to deal Coleman.
For Coleman, it seemed as though he finally had a legitimate quarterback that could toss him the ball for the first time in his career, whether it was either Tyrod Taylor or Baker Mayfield. Well, life hits you fast, because now he’s off to the Bills, who have a less-than-ideal quarterback room that consists of AJ McCarron, Josh Allen, and Nathan Peterman.
Buffalo was desperate for more talent and depth in their wide receiver group. On his new team, Coleman will likely compete with Zay Jones for the No. 1 wideout position behind Kelvin Benjamin.