By Pat McManamonESPN Staff Writer
The Cleveland Browns are not hiding the fact that they are in the market for a cornerback.
The interest in Shields, who has been sidelined by a concussion since the first game of the 2016 season, shows just how big of a need corner is for the Browns, not far from receiver and after quarterback. The defense intercepted seven passes during a winless 2017 season, the second-lowest total in the NFL.
The Browns chose not to pursue trade discussions for Kansas City's Marcus Peters; he will be traded to the Rams. That deal, though, could wind up freeing Trumaine Johnson to test the free-agent market.
Johnson fits the profile the Browns want. He's 28. He was a third-round pick in 2012. In six seasons with the Rams, he has intercepted 18 passes, returning three for touchdowns. His career-high came in 2015, when he had seven picks. Last season he broke up a team-high 14 passes, forced a fumble and recovered another. He also had two...