Night net The Browns terminated defensive lineman Phil Taylor’s contract Tuesday, which means the team now has not a single player left from the deal in
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Browns blown up by Julio Jones deal, and fragments are still falling

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Browns blown up by Julio Jones deal, and fragments are still falling

Night net The Browns terminated defensive lineman Phil Taylor’s contract Tuesday, which means the team now has not a single player left from the deal in which Cleveland traded away the pick that became Julio Jones in the 2011 draft.Does that make that deal the worst in Night net history? It’s in the conversation. MORE: Worst drafts of the 2000s | Browns among teams that have suffered most QB misery in past 10 yearsBut it’s actually worse than that. The trade was the start of a chain reaction of bad decisions, a set of dominos that fell, took out players, coaches and executives, and anchored the Browns firmly to the Night net basement.  Never mind that they whiffed on Jones, a star who’s played in an NFC championship game and just signed a contract extension for $47.5 million guaranteed. In the next four years, they also managed to whiff on Trent Richardson, Sammy Watkins and Justin Houston, and they need to get lucky really fast to avoid whiffing on Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel. Also, they're on their third general manager (Ray Farmer)

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and third head coach (Mike Pettine) since the deal . . . and, for that matter, their second owner, Jimmy Haslam.Here’s how it all happened.2011 draftThe Browns traded down from sixth overall to the Falcons, at 26th, and got a first-, a second- and two fourth-round picks that year and a first-round pick in 2012. They then sent the 26th pick, one of the fourth-rounders and their own third-rounder to the Chiefs to move up five spots at No. 21 and take Taylor. Two of his four seasons in Cleveland were wrecked by injury, including last year when he had two knee operations.The third-round pick the Chiefs got became Houston, who led the Night net in sacks last season.The two other 2011 picks the Browns got, wide receiver Greg Little and running back Owen Marecic, were gone after 2013.2012 draftThe Browns had two first-rounders. They traded the fourth overall pick to the Vikings to move up to No. 3, giving up three later picks — and took Trent Richardson. At 22nd, with the pick from the Jones deal, they took Brandon Weeden. Richardson was traded early in 2013 to the Colts for a 2014 first-round pick, and Weeden was cut months later. To be fair, the Vikings took underperforming and injured tackle Matt Kalil fourth overall.2014 draftThe Browns had the fourth overall pick. They traded it to the Bills, at ninth, for Buffalo's first-round pick and a first- and fourth-round pick in 2015. The Bills took Sammy Watkins. (The first-rounder from the Bills this year became offensive lineman Cam Erving.)The Browns then traded up one spot to eighth, sending the Vikings a first- and fifth-rounder, and took Gilbert … who was a flop at corner as a rookie and has fought for his job the entire preseason this year. The Vikings took linebacker Anthony Barr.They still had the Colts’ first-rounder in the Richardson trade, 26th overall. They traded up with the Eagles to 22nd — and took Manziel, on whom the jury is still decidedly out. The Eagles took linebacker Marcus Smith, who also has not lived up to his draft spot yet.The final tally?As already mentioned, the Browns have no players left from the Julio Jones trade. Richardson, whom they traded up for, is long gone. So is Weeden. Manziel’s rookie year was a wash. Gilbert has proven nothing. Jones and Houston are elite players. Watkins is on his way there. Barr might be, too.And Josh McCown is their starting quarterback … throwing to receivers who aren’t Julio Jones.

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