In an effort to shed huge contracts, the Cleveland Browns have placed several players on the trading block, including veteran cornerback Joe Haden, quarterback Brock Osweiler, and offensive lineman Cameron Erving. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network Insider, the Browns want to move several big contracts if possible before the roster cuts this weekend. Also, the Browns want to trade away their veterans as part of their rebuilding process with young players.

Two weeks ago, the Browns looked ready to install Osweiler as their starting quarterback. However, he struggled in two preseason games, forcing the Browns to reassess their options.

The Browns recently named rookie DeShone Kizer as a starter. With Cody Kessler expected to be selected as a backup, Osweiler suddenly became dispensable. The Browns acquired Osweiler and his $16 million contract via a trade with the Houston Texans. Osweiler signed a four-year, $74 million deal to become the Texans' franchise quarterback, but he was a disappointment in his first season as a full-time starter.

After signing a six-year, $74.7 million contract in 2014, Haden’s play has dropped significantly. He also missed 14 games over the past two years due to different injuries. Haden, a two-time Pro Bowler, has three years and $32.9 million remaining on his deal, which will be hard for the Browns to move at this point.

Erving, for his part, has failed to find his niche in the Browns’ offensive line. The Browns tried to experiment with Erving by using him at center, guard, and most recently at tackle in the offseason, but he struggled mightily.

Broncos to part ways with safety T.J. Ward?

Rapoport said the Denver Broncos have received several inquiries about veteran Pro Bowl safety T.J.

Ward. However, Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said he hasn’t heard anything about Ward being on the trading block. Ward will earn $4.5 million in base salary in the final year of his contract this coming season. Ward is expected to start alongside free safety Darian Stewart, but the emergence of young safeties Will Parks and Justin Simmons will make it easy for the Broncos to trade Ward.

Jets testing market for rusher Matt Forte

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the New York Jets are testing the market’s interest for veteran rusher Matt Forte. Pelissero said his sources told him that the Jets are looking to trade the 31-year-old Forte, who will earn $4 million in guaranteed salary next season. Last season, Forte ran for 813 yards and seven touchdowns and added 263 receiving yards for the Jets, who recently installed Josh McCown as their starting quarterback.

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