I don't think Cleveland will be able to get anything for him. They've got Lewis, they'll draft AP, and they know he's either gonna sit the pine or be released, so why would a team give up much for a guy they know has very little value to his current team?
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kyguy78 wrote:I don't think Cleveland will be able to get anything for him. They've got Lewis, they'll draft AP, and they know he's either gonna sit the pine or be released, so why would a team give up much for a guy they know has very little value to his current team?
The only reason a team would give them anything is to insure they are the ones signing him. 5th round pick I say.
Filling their need for a proven running back to team with youngster Brandon Jacobs, the New York Giants on Friday acquired Reuben Droughns from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for wide receiver Tim Carter, ESPN.com has learned.
Cleveland has been shopping Droughns in trade talks since signing unrestricted free agent tailback Jamal Lewis to a one-year contract earlier this week. The Giants were seeking a tailback to replace the retired Tiki Barber.
Droughns, 28, should provide the Giants a solid insurance policy and a veteran and tested back who can share the ball-carrying chores with Jacobs, a two-year veteran. Jacobs has been the complementary back to Barber, playing mostly in short-yardage and goal-line situations in his two NFL seasons.
A fourth-round pick in the 2005 draft, Jacobs has logged only 134 career carries for 522 yards, but has scored 16 touchdowns. Last season, the former Southern Illinois standout rushed for 423 yards and nine TDs on 96 attempts.
Droughns came to the Browns from Denver in a 2005 trade after rushing for 1,240 yards in 2004. He gained 1,232 yards in 2005, his first year in Cleveland, and the Browns rewarded him with a three-year contract extension worth $12 million. But Droughns slumped to 758 yards in 2006 and there have been some off-field problems in the past year.
He was due a $1.75 million roster bonus on March 17 but the Browns wanted to avoid paying it, especially after acquiring Lewis, who has already been penciled in as the starter. Droughns is scheduled to have a base salary of $1.25 million for 2007 and is due base salaries of $1.75 million for '08 and $2.75 million for '09 under his Cleveland contract. It was not immediately known if he reworked his contract to help accommodate the trade.
For Carter, the deal represents a chance for a fresh start after five injury-marred seasons with the Giants.
"Tim is absolutely excited about this opportunity," agent Pat Dye Jr. said on Friday afternoon. "In discussing Tim's situation with the Giants, we wanted to identify some teams who might be a good fit for him if New York decided to deal him. Obviously the Browns, who were looking for the kind of deep-threat dimension he brings to the table, were the most proactive."
Carter, 27, was a second-round choice of the Giants in 2002. The former Auburn standout possesses sprinter's speed, but a series of injuries have kept him from fulfilling his potential. He has 72 career receptions for 967 yards and three touchdowns in 33 games, including 11 starts. Last season, Carter started eight games and had 22 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns.
In an active market, Droughns is the fourth starting-caliber tailback to be traded in the past week. The other tailbacks to be traded were Tatum Bell (from Denver to Detroit), Thomas Jones (from Chicago to the New York Jets) and Willis McGahee (from Buffalo to Baltimore).
TGI has learned that the Giants have opted to go the trade route to add a running back to complement Brandon Jacobs. The Giants and Browns have finalized details of a trade that would send disappointing receiver Tim Carter to Cleveland and bring Big Blue back Reuben Droughns.
Giants GM Jerry Reese confirmed to TGI that the trade was “done, pending physicals.”
Droughns, a seven-year vet, is coming off a 758-yard campaign in Cleveland, his second season with the Browns. Droughns surpassed the magical 1,000-yard mark in both his final season in Denver (2004, when he had 1,240 yards) and his first season with the Browns (1,232 yards). The 5-11, 220-pounder has a 3.9-yards per carry average on 844 career totes. The Oregon product has also caught 116 passes for 940 yards in his career.
As for the injury-prone Carter, he’s been nothing short of an enigma in New York, as he was never able to harness his incredible speed and athletic ability. In five seasons with the Giants, Carter only caught 72 passes with a season high of 26 in 2003.
I think it's safe to assume at this point the Browns will be drafting Peterson.
As a Browns fan I guess I'm OK with this, if for no other reason than we at least got something for Droughns. Maybe the change of scenery will serve Carter well.
So, what effect does this, in your esteemed opinions, have on Jacobs' value?
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Not really sure but I think that Reese's behavior this off-season suggests that it's Jacobs job to lose. Droughns isn't really anything special. I think it's nice insurance for the Giants but I don't see the situation changing all the much. Also, as far as Carter is concerned, if the guy could ever stop dropping the damn ball he could be an excellent WR.