Cleveland Browns: Malcolm Butler or Trumaine Johnson in 2018 NFL Free Agency
By Randy Gurzi
With the Cleveland Browns needing an upgrade at cornerback they could look to Malcolm Butler or Trumaine Johnson, but which choice would be best?
It’s no secret that the Cleveland Browns can use an upgrade in their secondary. In 2017, their best defensive back (according to Pro Football Focus) was Briean Boddy-Calhoun, who scored an 84.5 grade on PFF. He registered that rating playing mostly as a slot cover guy, but he had another player back there also living up to expectations.
Veteran Jason McCourty was released by the Tennessee Titans before the 2017 season began and signed a two-year deal worth $6 million with Cleveland. He exceeded the expectations of that contract and posted 65 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. He also finished with a respectable grade on PFF of 83.9.
Beyond those two guys, the Browns could use some help. In order to get that help, they could look to the free agent market. Two available players that they could target include Malcolm Butler — a former Super Bowl hero for the New England Patriots — and Trumaine Johnson, who has been the No. 1 corner for the Los Angeles Rams.
With more cap space than any team in the NFL, the Browns can offer up as much as any team to lure top-flight players like the aforementioned corners. The question becomes, of the two, who should they target?