Berea – The Browns logjam at running back lessened as they traded Lee Suggs has been to the New York Jets for defensive back Derrick Strait.
to the Jets for defensive back Derrick Strait.
Strait (5-11, 189 pounds) was drafted by the Jets in the third-round out of Oklahoma in 2004. He played in all 16 regular season games last year for the Jets and had 31 tackles, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery. His best game was eight tackles on Dec. 4 against the Patriots. He played in seven games as a rookie, including two postseason games.
Ironically, Strait will compete with fellow Oklahoma alum Antonio Perkins at the cornerback slot that has been weakened due to injury. Daylon McCutcheon had arthroscopic surgery on his knee and is expected to miss the preseason, while Gary Baxter suffered a slight tear of the pectoral muscle and is also expected to be held out the rest of the preseason. With the injuries, the Browns are left with Leigh Bodden and either Perkins or Pete Hunter as the current starters.
Suggs was in his fourth season with the Browns and had an injury-plagued career thus far. He had 1,048 yards in three seasons on 263 carries, including four touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 204 yards, including one touchdown. His best season was in 2004 when he rushed for 744 yards and caught 20 passes for 178 yards.
Suggs has been rumored to be on the trading block for a while, particularly following the Browns selection of RB Jerome Harrison in the fifth round of this year's draft.