Thats really unfortunate. I heard his health was questionable but never expected it was bad enough for him to have to retire.
I think the biggest reason to trade back would be because of how they’ve handled the LB situation. We now need to draft at least two. In a Tampa-2 you need a MLB who can drop back into deep coverage. There’s two guys who can play that position in this draft: Tremaine Edmunds and Leighton Vander-Esch. Both could be gone in the 1st.
I’d go with the Browns. They’ve made some of the best offseason moves they’ve ever made. Landry to pair with Gordon. They got the best bridge QB on the market. Damarious Randall is a good pickup considering their lack of CBs. The Carlos Hyde move was a little questionable for me. I don’t really see what he does for him that Crowell didn’t. Plus it’s a deep RB class even if they pass on Barkley.
This is the deepest off-ball LB class in recent memory. There are several intriguing prospects. Honestly if this is the route they’re going to go, we might as well trade back and get Smith or Vander-Esch in the 1st round. Or do the Bills trade and get both.
I think he made the best out of a bad situation. We probably didn’t have an upgrade on the roster. That’s the only reason I could think he started all those games because numbers and tape don’t lie. Draft in FA is uncertain so it’s probably safer to tender a guy for basically nothing than to cut him now.