Cleveland Browns: 5 best additions based on instant impact
By Randy Gurzi
4. Mychal Kendricks, Middle Linebacker
The winner of the most ‘interesting’ signing of the offseason has to go to the acquisition of Mychal Kendricks. For some reason the Philadelphia Eagles have wanted to move on from him for the past couple seasons and after failing to find a trade partner time and again, they released one of their more talented players and it didn’t take long for him to find a suitor.
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Several teams were interested, but then word broke that Kendricks was coming to Cleveland on a one-year deal. After NFL Insider Ian Rapoport broke the news, it was quickly denied by Kendricks himself. That led to several retractions, but the watch was still on.
By the next day it seemed to be official that Kendricks really was joining the Browns and eventually the terms were announced as he came over on a one-year deal worth $3.5 million. Kendricks looks ready to start at middle linebacker with Christian Kirksey and Jamie Collins on the outsides.
While linebacker wasn’t a position of great need, the addition of Kendricks turned it from an average position to one of the best in the NFL. They’re also incredibly deep now with it looking like Joe Schobert will be a backup and they also got a potential draft steal in Genard Avery.