The Cleveland Browns are looking at some big-name free agents that both share a similar trait: Big personalities that have aggressive attitudes.
The Cleveland Browns have created some news the past few days with the type of free agents they have been interested in. The two free agents that stick out the most are cornerback Adam Jones and wide receiver Dez Bryant.
Both bring a lot of baggage off the field and their best days on the field are behind them. But they both bring an attitude that the Browns really don’t have on their roster.
The attitude can be best described as what Duke Johnson explained as players that play with a “chip.” Johnson was asked on Friday about the prospects of bringing in a player like Jones, and Johnson seemed very open to it – via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.
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"“The thing I think I like most about Pacman is the chip he plays with,” said Johnson, who admitted he’s had his moments with Pacman on the field. “We need more guys on this football team that plays with a chip and goes out there and fights tooth and nail for the team.”"
On the field, Jones is known to be a very aggressive player. He is not afraid to stir things up with opponents, which has given Jones a bad reputation among fans of many NFL teams. For the Browns, however, it kind of makes sense to bring a player like that in.
With the amount of young players the Browns have had on their roster, they have never had a player that brings the type of intensity that Jones would bring. For some teams, having a few intense players like Jones can sometimes help take the roster to the next level.
But the Browns are not stopping with just Jones. Cleveland’s front office has begun talking to Bryant and his representatives about potentially bringing the wide receiver to Cleveland.
Bryant is not the same type of player that he was in Dallas a few years ago, which has caused some concerns. Many consider Bryant a drama queen that will hurt a locker room more than help it. Bryant has been shown many times screaming at his teammates and coaches on the sidelines.
But with how many negative things have been said about Bryant, he has a lot to prove heading into the 2018 season. Bryant could try to prove that everything that has been said about him was wrong and attempt to return to the receiver that he was a couple of years ago. He could start playing with that “chip” that Jones plays with.
If the Browns were to bring Bryant in on a one-year deal, it would make a lot of sense. Bryant would be on a prove-it deal, trying to show that he is positive for a team and does not hurt the locker room. For the Browns, that could mean a guy that becomes aggressive on the field trying to make plays on the field, while becoming a fiery teammate in a positive way.
Cleveland needs players that will light a fire under their teammates and take them to the next level. The Browns brought a player in this off-season that has “swagger” in Jarvis Landry. If the Browns were to bring in Jones and/or Bryant, they would have guys that will fire up their teammates and create fear in the opponents.