The Cleveland Browns have roster holes to fill and money to burn. Here are 10 free agents the team should be interested in.
The Cleveland Browns will enter free agency later this spring with holes to fill on the roster and money to spend.
Depending on which of their own free agents the Browns ultimately retain, and just how much the salary cap increases once the new NFL year begins on March 9, the Browns are expected to have somewhere around $38 million in cap space for 2016.
The Browns can use help at wide receiver, linebacker and in the secondary, and should always be looking to add quality depth to the offensive line.
How much of a splash the Browns make in free agency remains to be seen, however, as owner Jimmy Haslam has correctly said that the team will look to improve through the draft, rather than “win” the offseason headlines.
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“We do want to do this the right way. We are going to build through the draft,” Haslam said at the end of the 2015 season. “I know there are probably rolling eyes because that hasn’t worked so well, but if you look at the successful teams in the NFL, they have built through the draft. That is what we are going to do.
“We are not going to go out and spend a gazillion dollars in free agency. We are going to build through the draft because we are firmly convinced that is the right way to do it.”
Even knowing that, once free agency opens the Browns will be doing something as they can’t afford to stand pat.
So while it may be a pipe dream to think that the club will sign a true difference-maker, and knowing that other teams may do everything they can to avoid losing their own free agents, here are 10 players that the Browns should at least take a hard look at.
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