Cleveland Browns acquire WR Elijah Moore in draft pick swap with Jets
Browns add firepower to WR corps with acquisition of Elijah Moore
The Cleveland Browns have acquired some badly needed wide receiver help. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that the New York Jets flipped Elijah Moore to the Browns in a swap of 2023 NFL Draft picks, per sources. The Browns will ship the 42nd overall pick to the Jets in exchange for Moore and pick No. 74.
Browns now have six selections in 2023 NFL Draft
Cleveland has eight picks in this year’s draft, but the 74th selection is their top pick following the trade. Cleveland sent their first-round pick to the Texans in the Deshaun Watson deal last year. The Browns now have two picks each in Rounds 3, 4, and 5. The Jets, meanwhile, will hold steady at six selections.
A look at Elijah Moore’s NFL career so far
Moore, who turns 23 years old next week, was a second-round pick (34th overall) of the Jets in the 2021 NFL Draft. In 27 career games, he caught 80 passes for 984 yards and six TDs, also rushing 10 times for 59 yards and a TD. After starting the first six games last season, Moore saw his role and usage decrease, catching 21 passes for 243 yards and one TD in his final 10 games.
Elijah Moore adds to Browns’ receiving corps
The Browns will bring back Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones as their top two receivers, but adding firepower was a big item on the offseason to-do list. Moore, who lined up inside and outside for the Jets, has only one 100-yard receiving game in his career (141 vs. Miami in 2021) but averaged a shocking 149.1 receiving yards per game in his final college season at Ole Miss.
Jets gain trade capital, Browns add to WR depth
The trade also helps the Jets clear $1.47 million from their books and gain trade capital in the form of the additional second-round pick, which could help give them more flexibility in their pursuit of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.