Browns trade QB Cody Kessler to Jaguars

The Cleveland Browns have traded former starting quarterback Cody Kessler to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the NFL team announced on Wednesday. 

In exchange, the Browns will receive a 2019 conditional seventh-round draft pick. 

Kessler, who started eight winless games in two years with the Browns, will become backup to Blake Bortles in Jacksonville as Cleveland continues to rebuild at the quarterback position. 

The Jaguars were without a backup since Chad Henne signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this month.

Kessler, 24, was a third-round pick out of USC in the 2016 NFL Draft and completed 64 per cent of his passes for 1,506 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions in two seasons.

"We are excited about the opportunity to add Cody as depth to our quarterback position," Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said in a statement.

"Despite being just 24 years old, Cody has already seen NFL game action and was very effective as a rookie in 2016, showing accuracy and efficiency in posting a quarterback rating of 90-plus.

"From our research and through getting to know Cody during the draft process, we know he is a smart, tough and competitive young man and we expect him to be a great addition to our quarterback and offensive meeting rooms."

This roster change marks the third time this offseason the Browns have made a trade centred around a quarterback.

The first came earlier this month when Cleveland acquired Tyrod Taylor in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. The Browns then sent DeShone Kizer to the Green Bay Packers in return for defensive back Damarious Randall. 

Cleveland also signed former Arizona Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton earlier this week, and it is expected the Browns will draft a quarterback with either the first or fourth overall pick in next month's NFL Draft.

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