All 32 teams in the NFL just recently had to get their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players, and cut a lot of names. The Cleveland Browns did as ordered and made their 53-man roster, but they weren’t done shaking things up. On Friday afternoon, the Browns traded away defensive lineman Billy Winn to the Indianapolis Colts.
Cleveland.com reported that the Browns did trade Billy Winn away to the Indianapolis Colts and received a conditional draft pick in 2017.
— Billy Winn (@Billy_Boi_90) September 11, 2015
Winn was chosen by the Browns in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and his tenure in Cleveland has been quite rocky. When he’s been healthy and on the field, Winn has played very well, but he just could never stay healthy for a consistent basis.
Due to that, Billy Winn entered training camp this summer on the bubble, and that bubble was made weaker by additions the team made in the offseason. Matters were made even worse for him when he suffered an ankle injury early in training camp.
Billy Winn appeared in 40 games for the Browns with 18 starts since arriving in Cleveland. He racked up 87 total tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two interceptions.
Dawgs By Nature reports that the Browns will likely bring running back Shaun Draughn up to the active roster and have a healthy third running back for the season opener against the New York Jets. He will join second-year back Isaiah Crowell and rookie Duke Johnson.
After the 53-man roster was set by the Browns, they did some others moves before trading away Billy Winn. Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor was cut on Thursday and cornerback Charles Gaines was placed on the IR-designated to return list.
Running back Terrance West was also traded away to the Tennessee Titans.
The Cleveland Browns are hoping that some changes can bring them success in the future with extra draft picks. Fans are hoping that the changes, such as the trade of Billy Winn to the Indianapolis Colts, will help others step up and make good changes for this season too.
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