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Browns get $3.5 million in escrow back from Corey Coleman deal

07 August 2018

Coleman, a first-round pick in 2016, was traded to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, reportedly for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft. During his first two injury-plagued years in the National Football League, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound wideout has totaled just 56 receptions (131 targets) for 718 yards and five touchdowns in 19 games (18 starts).

Bills general manager Brandon Beane described the trade to acquire receiver Corey Coleman from Cleveland as a low-risk gamble in a bid to address an unsettled position in Buffalo.

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"It's time to take a big step", Coleman said as Browns camp opened.

The former Baylor wide receiver was the No. 15 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. "I feel like it's important".

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Buffalo was desperate for more talent and depth in their wide receiver group. "So I think fresh start is probably the best way I would put it". Known for his breakaway speed, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Coleman had just eight 20-yard receptions and three 40-yard catches in his two seasons with the Browns. Then again, maybe they are hoping rookie Antonio Callaway can have a solid first year in the NFL. They acquired 2014 first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers last October. The pick was part of the haul the Browns received from the Philadelphia Eagles in the trade for the second overall pick that same season (Carson Wentz).

During the offseason workouts, offensive coordinator Todd Haley let it be known that it was "a make-or-break year" for Coleman.

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Browns get $3.5 million in escrow back from Corey Coleman deal