Cleveland Browns: Trumaine Johnson only name worth chasing in free agency
By Randy Gurzi
Despite having the second-most cap space in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns should only be looking at one big target, Trumaine Johnson, in free agency
The Cleveland Browns wanted to be more aggressive in adding players this offseason following an 0-16 campaign, which makes perfect sense. So far they seem to have adhered to that as they made some trades before the new league year officially began.
They added quarterback Tyrod Taylor, receiver Jarvis Landry and defensive back Damarious Randall. After those moves, they still have the second-most cap space in the league. That means Cleveland can afford to stay aggressive when free agency opens on March 14 at 4:00 pm EST.
What they don’t need to do however, is spend for the sake of spending. The Browns are fortunate to have plenty of cap space, but careless overspending could put them in the salary cap hell many teams face on an annual basis. Instead, they need to be smart about how they spend.
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This doesn’t mean they shouldn’t go after any high-priced free agent. What it means is they should just target the ones who will help, like cornerback Trumaine Johnson.
The former Los Angeles Rams defensive back has a history with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. That means Johnson knows what to expect, but more importantly — so do the Browns.
Cleveland knows Johnson fits in Williams’ system, therefore forking out a large sum of money to the corner makes perfect sense.
Johnson should be the No. 1 target on the Browns free agency wish list and in all honesty, he should be the only big-name target.
The only way that changes is if left tackle Joe Thomas retires. Should he decide to go that route, the feelings of chasing after big stars changes as Nate Solder would be sitting there needing a deal.
However, as the roster stands now, Johnson is the prize. Cleveland just needs to go get him.