One NFL Free Agent At Each Position Group for the Browns

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Oct 19, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Brandon Spikes (51) before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

ILB Brandon Spikes

Karlos Dansby, Christian Kirksey and Craig Robertson played well last season but the team needs a thumper next to Dansby. The Browns three inside backers are all good to great in pass coverage but only Dansby provides size and strength in the run game.

Spikes is still young, at 27, and was solid with the Bills last season. The Browns aren’t likely to spend huge money here but a player who fills a specific role like Spikes they may make an exception.

Spikes is somewhat limited, he is not a good coverage linebacker, even played on the defensive line last year because of it. He isn’t likely to see a huge payday and could return to the Bills after finding a home and Rex Ryan coming on board.

Other options: Rey Maualuga, David Harris, Bruce Carter

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