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    Cleveland Browns trade RB Lee Suggs to NY Jets for DB Derrick Strait

    Browns acquire CB Derrick Strait
    By Jeff Walcoff, Staff Writer
    August 14, 2006

    On Aug. 14, the Browns acquired third-year cornerback Derrick Strait from the New York Jets in exchange for fourth-year running back Lee Suggs, filling a need for both teams.

    The trade came four days after starting cornerback Gary Baxter was sidelined by a right shoulder injury during the team's preseason opener in Philadelphia. The setback is expected to keep him out for the remainder of the preseason. Daylon McCutcheon, who was competing with Leigh Bodden for the team's other starting role, is also out for several weeks while he recovers from a knee surgery he had on Aug. 1.

    The Jets, meanwhile, are without all-time leading rusher Curtis Martin, who is fighting a knee injury.

    Strait (5-feet-11, 189 pounds) was a third-round draft pick (76th overall) by the Jets in 2004. He played in all 16 games last season with two starts, marking 31 tackles and a pair of pass breakups. During his rookie season of 2004, he played in 5 games (he missed 7 due to an ankle injury) and managed 5 tackles. He also has totaled 17 special teams tackles during his career.

    When healthy, Suggs (6-0, 213) cwas productive for the Browns. He rushed for 186 yards on 26 carries and 2 scores during a win over Cincinnati on Dec. 28, 2003. But he battled numerous injuries during his tenure with the team. He missed all but the final 7 games of his rookie season recovering from shoulder surgery. He played in 10 games with 3 starts in '04 mounting career highs with 199 carries for 744 yards, but then had an injury-plagued '05 season when he played in 8 games and rushed just 8 times for 15 yards. Suggs had been competing for the starting running back job during '04 camp before a left ankle injury kept him out of practice and allowed the job to be earned by now-starter Reuben Droughns.

    Strait and Suggs were both collegiate stars. Strait won the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's best defensive back) and the Nagurski Award (nation's top defensive player) as a senior at Oklahoma and also holds the Sooners' record for career starts with 53.

    Suggs was an All-America selection who led Division I-A in scoring as a senior. He rushed for 2,767 yards on 535 carries. Suggs is the Big East's all-time rushing touchdowns leader with 53.


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    Re: Cleveland Browns trade RB Lee Suggs to NY Jets for DB Derrick Strait

    Suggs failed the physical and is on his way back to Cleveland.

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    Re: Cleveland Browns trade RB Lee Suggs to NY Jets for DB Derrick Strait

    Wow, that's unbelievable. Well, really not, considering how Suggs hasn't been able to stay healthy in the NFL. But man, bad break for the Jets.

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    Re: Cleveland Browns trade RB Lee Suggs to NY Jets for DB Derrick Strait

    Must suck to be Strait....

    Yesterday ---

    Jets Exec.: Derrick, you're on your way to Cleveland. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    Today ---

    Jets Exec.: Hey, just kiddin' big guy. You da man, Derrick!
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    Re: Cleveland Browns trade RB Lee Suggs to NY Jets for DB Derrick Strait

    So who are the Jets going after next ? Thomas Jones of Da Bears ?

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    Re: Cleveland Browns trade RB Lee Suggs to NY Jets for DB Derrick Strait

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0
    So who are the Jets going after next ? Thomas Jones of Da Bears ?

    I don't think so with injuries to cedric benson.

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    Re: Cleveland Browns trade RB Lee Suggs to NY Jets for DB Derrick Strait

    There are reports that the Jets have now turned their attention to running backs T.J. Duckett (Falcons), Ron Dayne (Broncos), Michael Turner (Chargers) and Kevan Barlow (*****).

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    Re: Cleveland Browns trade RB Lee Suggs to NY Jets for DB Derrick Strait

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick
    There are reports that the Jets have now turned their attention to running backs T.J. Duckett (Falcons), Ron Dayne (Broncos), Michael Turner (Chargers) and Kevan Barlow (*****).
    Let's see here....Duckett (254 lbs), Dayne (245), Turner (237), Barlow (235). I guess in the Big Apple size DOES matter.
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