How Crennel Cost the Browns $17 Million, a Third and a Fifth Round Pick


Published: March 19, 2009


... as the Browns' head coach is his dislike for playing rookies.

Last year, Phil Savage traded his 2009 third round pick to draft Martin Rucker. Savage likely had a good idea that Winslow was going to make demands for a new contract, so he knew he needed to provide the Browns with another option at tight end.

How did Crennel reward this foresight? By playing Rucker in only five games, and starting him in one. Keep in mind that K2 only played in 10 games last year and started eight. Thus, Rucker had ample opportunity to play, while allowing the Browns discover if he had the skills to succeed in the NFL.

Because of this, Kokinis is down a third round pick in this year's draft, and had to sign Robert Royal to a four-year, $10 million contract.  

Obviously, the worst part of this is that Kokinis still doesn't know if Rucker can play. For all we know, we already had the replacement for Winslow on the roster.

Savage also traded up in last year's draf...

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