NFL Free Agency: Best Remaining Players for Browns Needs
Aug 28, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, left, and general manager Ray Farmer talk before a game against the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Browns have been actively involved in multiple conversations during NFL Free Agency. Unfortunately they have either swung and missed based on price and value or had a player choose another location. They have brought in their likely starting QB in Josh McCown, not that he excites anyone, and a solid #2 or 3 receiver in Brian Hartline.
The Browns have shown interest in different pass rushers, receivers, defensive linemen and tight ends. There are a few left for each of those positions that could still help the Browns. A key thing to remember: as free agency continues, prices drop. Andrew Brandt, a former front office executive, said as much a few days ago:
We are a few days into free agency and the players still on the market are going to be hard pressed to see huge deals unless there are certain circumstances. Restricted Free Agents and Charles Clay, the Transitioned Tagged Tight End, could have to wait a bit as teams hope to structure deals to make current team not match.
Besides that, many of the players on this list could be had for a bargain. Some of the players likely expected that they were in for a big deal and will look for a 1 year, make good kind of deal to try to re-establish their market. The Browns could pounce on these kind of players as they buoy their roster while waiting for some of their young players to develop.
So let’s start with our look at players that could fill some of the Browns holes and are still available.
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