It might sound crazy, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have taken one step closer to landing Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh thanks to a trade between the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns.
The Lions are close to completing a trade with the Cleveland Browns for veteran defensive tackle Corey Williams, a league source confirmed Thursday night.
Williams, 29, seemed to be a poor fit at defensive end in the Browns' 3-4 defensive scheme, and with a $1.7 million roster bonus due this month the Browns may have opted to release him. According to ESPN, the Lions will give up a "low draft pick ," possibly one of their two fifth-rounders in 2010.
Williams, who will take a physical Friday in Detroit to complete the deal, is scheduled to earn $4.2 million next season, with annual salaries averaging about $5 million the following three seasons on his current deal. The Browns acquired the 6-foot-4, 320-pounder from the Packers for a second-round pick in 2008 after he posted back-to-back seasons with seven sacks.
Source: The Detroit News - John Niyo and Tim Twentyman
PewterReport.com's Take: There's still a chance the St. Louis Rams could use the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft to take Suh or Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy, but it's unlikely as the Rams need a franchise quarterback, which could be Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford. It was assumed that if the Rams took Bradford the Detroit Lions, who pick behind St. Louis, would take Suh. However, the trade for Williams addresses the need for a starting-caliber defensive tackle for Detroit, which would allow the Lions to possibly take an offensive tackle with the second overall pick in the draft. That makes a lot of sense since Detroit used the first pick in last year's draft on franchise QB Matt Stafford. Should that happen, Suh, who is considered by many to be the best player in the draft, would fall right into Tampa Bay's lap at No. 3. Suh would address a huge need for the Bucs along their defensive line. There's still a lot of time between now and April's draft, so a lot could still happen, but some things appear to be falling in place for the Buccaneers, who would love to land Suh.