CLEVELAND, Ohio – During most of his post-sales press conference, John Dorsey said what is expected of a general manager.
He spoke of the Browns "adding competitive boys to help the football team".
As for bringing the volatile Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, Dorsey is aware of the risk. Beckham has also lost 16 of the last 32 games of 2017-18 due to ankle and quadrupole injuries.
The attitude and health could be a problem.
"I know Odell is very, very passionate," said Dorsey. "It is competitive. I know it can help this football team. If you have the chance to acquire a guy like that, give it a try."
That's why Dorsey traded strong guard Kevin Zeitler, promising Jabrill Peppers security and the selections n. 1
Vernon has had to deal with ankle injuries in the last two seasons, missing nine games.
But when he's healthy, Vernon is an impact player – and the Browns are desperate for another pass to help Myles Garrett.
"You can't have enough talented players," said Dorsey.
This deal can go wrong if the players are injured …
Or if Beckham rebels when he believes quarterback Baker Mayfield isn't throwing him the ball enough …
Or if young Austin Corbett does not prove to be the NFL starting guard that Dorsey thought when Corbett was the 33rd choice in the draft of 2019 …
Or if something you can't imagine what time it goes wrong.
REVEALING COMMEN T
But when Dorsey had the chance to find a reasonable deal for Beckham, he took it.
Just as he was willing to take criticism for signing Kareem Hunt not long after the former Kansas City turned back he was cut by the Chiefs after a video emerged from Hunt beating a woman.
"Give it a try," said Dorsey after speaking at length about Beckham's business.
My hypothesis is that Dorsey sees the world this way: If I had the chance to sign Hunt … a guy I sketched, I know and I like … and I didn't , I would always regret it.
This is especially if someone else signed Hunt and he came back
If Dorsey had not "shot" Beckham, he would have always wondered what would have happened if he had done. took several "hits" by signing players in difficulty. Some worked, others didn't.
Dorsey took on Team 2-14 of Kansas City. He had a formidable coach in Andy Reid, but he knew the roster needed a lot of help.
So he went to work.
The Chiefs did not make the Super Bowl, but immediately became a relevant playoff team.
He took command of a team 1-31 but is full of draft choices and salary cap rooms left by the Sashi Brown front office.
Dorsey has downloaded some problematic players he inherited – Kenny Britt and Josh Gordon.
But he brought players like Antonio Callaway, a fifth round in 2018 who was suspended for his last season in Florida.
When he switched to Damarious Randall and Jarvis Landry, a respected NFL executive told me how those players "could be a real pain coach."
Both worked well
I have trouble with some of Dorsey's because I tend to be cautious.
I did not like the choice of Baker Mayfield, a significant risk that changed the course of this franchise.
Nor did I think much of Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 draft, but Dorsey took the quarterback for Kansas City now.
So in the back-to-back years, Dorsey drafted Mahomes and Mayfield – two of the best young NFL quarterbacks. Neither was considered the best strategist in their respective draft by most "experts".
Dorsey trusts his own judgment and those close to him
So far, most of his "throws" have been right.