The Browns have acquired wide receiver Sammie Coates and a 2019 7th round pick from the Steelers for a sixth round pick that they had sent Cleveland last year in the trade for Justin Gilbert.
Why so cheap?
Coates is notorious for having a problem with dropped balls. And everybody knows it.
Sammie Coates is a deep threat that makes moves after the catch…and also had the highest drop rate in the NFL last season
— Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) September 2, 2017
Coates had a good first part of last season; he caught 19 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns before he injured his hand. After the injury, his role was drastically reduced. With the drafting of USC star receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster it felt like Coates’ time in Pittsburgh was limited.
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We've acquired WR Sammie Coates in a trade with the Steelers
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 2, 2017
So now Sammie Coates is a Cleveland Brown.
Despite his drop problems, for the price this was a good trade for Cleveland. If Coates can fix his dropping problems, he becomes a valuable addition to this Cleveland receiving corp with Pro Bowl caliber speed.
If he can’t…well at least he’s big enough to block.