The Browns traded Joshua Dobbs—why? Dorian Thompson-Robinson's preseason rise led to Cardinals contract

Browns' Initial Success: After a crucial win against the Ravens, the Browns were riding high with a 6-3 record, placing them second in the AFC wild-card race.

Deshaun Watson's Role: Deshaun Watson, though not perfect, seemed adequate to lead the Browns to their first playoff appearance since 2020.

Dramatic Turnaround: Just three days later, the Browns' season took a dire turn as Deshaun Watson was ruled out for the season due to an injury.

Quarterback Situation: With only Dorian Thompson-Robinson and P.J. Walker left on the roster, both with more interceptions than touchdowns, the Browns face challenges in finding a capable quarterback.

Missed Opportunity: The loss of Deshaun Watson is particularly painful because the Browns didn't necessarily need an elite quarterback to be in the playoff picture; effective management of the offense would have sufficed.

Uncertain Future: The capability of Thompson-Robinson and Walker to handle the quarterback role remains uncertain, adding a layer of unpredictability to the remainder of the season.

The Joshua Dobbs Factor: The decision to trade Joshua Dobbs in the offseason to the Cardinals now appears significant. Dobbs has excelled with the Cardinals and the Vikings, making valuable contributions.

Dobbs' Success Elsewhere: Dobbs' performance with the Cardinals, helping them stay competitive and securing wins, followed by his impactful role with the Vikings, highlights the quarterback's success after leaving the Browns.

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