According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Cleveland Browns are acquiring edge rusher Za’Darius Smith and 2025 sixth- and seventh-rounders from the Minnesota Vikings for a pair of fifth-round picks, one in 2024 and one in 2025. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Smith settles in as the best pass rusher Cleveland has had opposite of Myles Garrett since the star edge rusher’s emergence into stardom. With Jadeveon Clowney no longer on the team, Smith, a three-time Pro Bowler, slots in as the team’s second edge rusher. Smith’s request to be released by Minnesota earlier this offseason largely got forgotten, but Smith got the new start he desired, joining the fourth team of his career. Despite the Vikings’ defensive struggles, Smith had double digits sacks for the third time in his career and 35-plus pressures for the fourth time in 2022. Smith, at the age of 30, is on the last year of his contract.