The Cleveland Browns have brought in a large number of veterans to add depth to the team. But with addition comes subtraction, so is Carl Nassib on his way out?
The Cleveland Browns needed some help. After going 0-16 with one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, adding veteran help was a primary need. Credit general manager John Dorsey for aggressively filling the team with veteran depth.
One area that needed veteran depth was defensive end. Last year saw the addition of Myles Garrett. He is a phenomenal talent but was still a rookie.
Already in the fold was Emmanuel Ogbah. Ogbah is also a freak of nature type athlete, but he too needs to learn the game.
The Browns have incredible talent at the defensive end position. But that talent still needs to grow into reliable starters. During the season, both Garrett and Ogbah were injured. They were rarely on the field together.
Also in the room was Carl Nassib. He has filled in well for Ogbah and Garrett, but he seems to be a rotational player at best.
Having reliable veteran backups at defensive end is a necessity. To this end, general manager John Dorsey has added talent to the roster at the position. He brought in Chris Smith on a three year, $14 million contract. Dorsey also added Chad Thomas in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
With five players to fill four spots, the question of who will make the roster becomes a real issue for the first time in years.