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Browns set to make more deals after trading for Brock Osweiler

Browns set to make more deals after trading for Brock Osweiler

Down, set … whaaat?

NFL free agency opened with a stunner Thursday, as Houston traded big-money quarterback Brock Osweiler to Cleveland, while Tony Romo — who already had bid farewell to Dallas Cowboys fans — floated in limbo.

At first blush, it looked like an absurd move for the one-win Browns, seeing as Osweiler was a disappointment in his lone season with the Texans with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

But it didn’t take long for the possibilities of a larger plan to come into focus. By taking Osweiler off Houston’s hands — a quarterback Cleveland could cut or trade — the Browns got an extra second-round pick that they could then package with one of their...

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