Sammie Coates traded to Browns

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Aug 20, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates (14) runs after a catch against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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?

Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates (14) drops a pass as he is covered by New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) during the first half of their game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Coates is notorious for having a problem with dropped balls. And everybody knows it.

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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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.

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