After a very quiet offseason it seems that things are heating up in the Columbus front office after the team swung two trades in just a matter of days.
The first trade was to move on from young wideout Larry Cruz. Cruz spent most of his time with the team on special teams and as a fill-in in case of injury. Rumor has it that Cruz himself is the one who initiated the trade talks with the team in the hopes of going somewhere he can make bigger contributions. That request came to fruition early last week when the Explorers agreed to a trade with the Oklahoma City Lancers that will send Cruz to OKC in exchange for a 3rd round pick in the upcoming draft.
Just a few days later the team announced another move with the Dublin Shamrocks. Columbus received a 2nd round pick in exchange for LOLB Braxton Griffith, LE Terrell Vaughn and TE Deonte Phillips. Of course the biggest name on this list is Braxton Griffith who has been a long time starter for the team. One of the few moves the teams made this year was bringing in former Condor, Andrew Johnson which had the writing on the wall for Griffith as a starter.
Looking at it from Columbus' side of the trades, its apparent the team is gearing up for the draft next year and also some big paydays. Sources say that the team has started the process of negotiations with 4th year wide receiver CJ Robinson and veteran run stuffer Nathan Schmidt. Both are due for some significant contracts so it is definitely something to keep an eye on as things progress for both of them and the team in the coming weeks.
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