Browns trade Corey Coleman to Bills

Coleman becomes 8th first-round pick to bust for Cleveland from 2012-2016

Daryl Ruiter
August 05, 2018 - 9:55 pm
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) runs with the ball as defensive back Damarious Randall (23) defends during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Complex.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – How anxious was John Dorsey to dump Corey Coleman?

He took a 2020 seventh round pick for the 2016 No. 15 overall selection late Sunday night.

Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane confirmed the terms of the trade this morning when he met with Buffalo reporters to discuss the deal, which is pending Coleman passing a physical Monday.

“We view it as a fresh start here to earn and compete,” Beane told reporters in Buffalo. “There’s nothing guaranteed here. He’s gotta come in here and earn it whether it’s a starting job or just a job on the 53.”

Coleman, who was traveling to Bills camp in Pittsford, New York Monday morning, missed a total of 13 games over his first 2 NFL seasons after suffering a broken bone in his right had in 2016 and 2017.

“He hasn't played a 16-game season yet in two years,” Beane said. “I don't know all – what went right or wrong there. They got a new regime with John Dorsey and they’ve made some changes to their roster since John got there in January. This opportunity came available and [we] decided to take a shot.”

Beane and Dorsey discussed Coleman in the spring but talks “picked back up the last few days.”

The trade is a low-risk, high reward move for Buffalo.

“We’ll see what happens,” Beane said.

The Browns would consider it addition by subtraction.

“Corey, he’s speed,” Beane said. “I remember scouting him in college. We did a private visit with him, so I got to know him a bit, his makeup. It didn’t work out in Cleveland probably the way he thought when he was first drafted or the way they thought when they drafted him in the first round, so it’s a fresh start for him to come in here and compete.”

Coleman caught 56 passes for 718 yards with 5 touchdowns combined in 2016 and 2017, but his drop late in the fourth quarter last Dec 31 at Pittsburgh clinched an 0-16 season.

“We all go through life that don’t go our way all the time,” Beane said. “I’m sure there’s things that went well there. You can turn on his clips. He made a lot of plays.”