Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Out With the Old and in With the... Old?

The past couple weeks have seen a whirlwind of comings and goings for Cleveland's three pro sports teams. Browns Pro Bowl TE Kellen Winslow was traded to the Tampa Bay Bucs for two undisclosed draft picks, long-time LB and captain Andra Davis was signed by Denver and starting S Sean Jones was picked up by the Eagles. When looking at one of my old posters from last season, I saw that with those three gone, less than half of the players on the poster remained with the Browns!

The Browns were not alone in "cleaning house" as the Indians designated IF Andy Marte, a bust from the Coco Crisp trade, for assignment and the Cavs waived Jawad Williams who had spent the whole season with the team. They also chose not to re-sign Trey Johnson whose 10-day contract with the team expired.

Whew! That's a lot of Clevelanders booted out in a short period of time.

Apparently, according to George Kokinis, Mark Shapiro and Danny Ferry, sometimes the best way to replace what you have lost is by brining back what you had once had. That's exactly what the Cavs did when the brought back Joe Smith after he was waived by OK City. The reliable front court scorer was acquired by the team in the mega-trade last winter and traded the following summer for Mo Williams. To top it all off, Marte ended up rejoining the Tribe after clearing waivers!

One thing in all this is for sure, Eric Mangini and the Browns will not look to bring back players from the Browns' recent, unsuccessful past. As they traverse ahead, Mangini is brining back "the old" however, as many former Jets have been linked to or signed with the Browns. DL C.J. Mosley and CB Hank Poteat are two of the former Manginites to sign and reunite with their old coach.

Call it a blast from the past or a retro renaissaince in Cleveland, but for these three professional sports teams, old memories are becoming new again and new ones will be made -- hopefully involving championships.

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