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The Cleveland Browns had absolutely nothing to do with the trade that sent Sam Bradford from the Eagles to the Vikings, but they might come out as the biggest winners.

Over the past six months, the Browns’ front office has basically been doing its best to hoard as many 2017 draft picks as possible. Since April, the Browns have been pulling off trade, after trade, after trade in an effort to add to their 2017 pick total.

One of those trades came a week before the NFL Draft when Cleveland gave up the No. 2 spot to Philadelphia. In that trade, the Eagles gave Cleveland their 2016 first-round pick (No. 8), third-round pick (No. 77) and fourth-round pick (No. 100), plus the Eagles’ 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 second-round pick.

That 2017 first-round pick is a big deal, because that’s where the Browns could win big. With Bradford no longer in Philly, that means the starting quarterback for the Eagles this season is either going to be Chase Daniel or Carson Wentz, two players who have started a combined two games in their NFL careers.

If you’ve been following the NFL for any amount of time, then you’re probably well aware that starting a quarterback with no experience is generally a recipe for disaster in Year 1.

Just look at Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

Although both quarterbacks played decently as rookies, their teams still finished 6-10 (Buccaneers) and 3-13 (Titans) in 2015.

With Daniel or Wentz under center in 2016, there’s a good chance the Eagles could end up tanking the season. The simulation experts over at SportsLine see the Eagles regressing this season without Bradford.

eagles-sportsline-projection-09-03-16.pngThe Eagles are expected to do worse without Sam Bradford. CBS/Sportsline

If Philly completely collapses and earns a top-five pick after this season, that does them no good, because the pick is going to the Browns.

That’s right Browns fans, your team might win big. The best news is that if Cleveland tanks in 2016, that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, because it means they could potentially have two top-five picks.

The only downside to that is that if the Browns have proven one thing over the past few years, it’s that they don’t really know what to do with their first-round picks.

Fittingly, the Browns and Eagles open the season against each other, and if the Browns win, they’ll only be helping themselves. A win would put Philadelphia one loss closer to 0-16 and the first-overall pick, which will go to the Browns.

Basically, this all means that Browns fans should be rooting against the Eagles in 2016.


Source: CBS Sports / Here’s why the Browns might be the big winners in the Sam Bradford trade