Cleveland Browns: Best 2018 offseason moves Browns made

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 11: Jarvis Landry /
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The Cleveland Browns had a busy offseason and were credited with having one of the best offseasons in the NFL, but what were the best moves they made?

It was expected that the Cleveland Browns were going to have a crazy offseason when they hired John Dorsey as their new general manager. But no one could have expected all of the moves the Browns made in the offseason.

Since the beginning of March, the Browns have added 25 players to their roster. Most of these players will be on the 53-man roster as they filled positions of need.

Here is a look at five of the best moves the Browns made during this offseason.

5. Signing cornerback E.J. Gaines

E.J. Gaines was traded to the Buffalo Bills prior to the start of the 2017 season. And change of teams really benefited Gaines’ career, as he had the best season of his four-year career in Buffalo.

After having a career year and being only 26-years-old, Gaines entered free agency looking to receive a big payday. But instead, he was met with minimal interest and was left unsigned for a few weeks longer than expected. He was then signed to a one year, $4 million deal by the Browns, which seems to be a great value deal for Cleveland.

Gaines excelled as a number two cornerback next to Tre’Davious White in Buffalo. In Cleveland, he will be playing as either the number two or three cornerback behind Denzel Ward and T.J. Carrie. If the Browns get the same play from Gaines as Buffalo did, this will be a massive steal for the Browns.

There is concern with Gaines, however. Gaines has a checkered past with injuries, as he missed five games in 2017 and missed the entire 2015 season due to injury. Also, his play in Buffalo was a surprise because of how much he struggled in 2016 in Los Angeles, when current Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was his coach.