Can anyone figure out what’s going on in Cleveland? Here's the latest

BY foxsports • September 22, 2013

By Ross Jones, Days after the Browns shipped franchise running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick, rumors are flying about what’s next in Cleveland. While the Browns signed Willis McGahee to a one-year deal, they reportedly have their eyes on Richardson’s long-term replacement and plan to make a strong push in free agency to get him. Ben Tate, the Texans’ fourth-year running back, will become a free agent after this year and the Browns “will aggressively pursue” him, according to an ESPN report. Cleveland is also interested in parting ways with some other talent on the offensive side of the ball. “The Browns have started talking to people about their two wide receivers Greg Little and Josh Gordon, they’re for sale,” NFL insider Jay Glazer said on the FOX NFL Sunday show. “The problem is everybody else in that locker room, they all think they’re up for sale. There is no fire sale in Cleveland, according to people inside the Browns. But they are starting to unload more of those offensive players.” The Richardson trade sent a loud and clear message through the locker room that every player has a price. Veteran left tackle Joe Thomas confirmed there is growing speculation inside the facility that more people could be expensed this week. "About the only people safe are the ones that came here this year in the first round that were drafted by the guys that are making the calls right now," Thomas told the Akron Beacon Journal. "That's the way it is. I've been through four coaching staffs right now and GMs. And if you're not drafted by them, there's no safety in this business." Glazer did mention that the trade took the league by storm as the Browns didn’t shop Richardson around and likely took the first offer they received. “Every single general manager that I talked to was absolutely floored,” Glazer said. “They were shocked. The big thing was if you want to get rid of Trent Richardson, you want to move on from that, but why not call the rest of the league? I have one team that specifically said to me, we probably would’ve given up more than a [first-round pick] for that kid. “We needed a running back that badly, but they never called us.” Questions? Comments? Send them to and we might respond in our weekly mailbag!