The Cleveland Browns will need to make some tough decisions in 2019. Here we look at 2 players who should walk in free agency, 2 who should be cut, and 2 who should be re-signed
2018 will go down as one of the most enjoyable seasons since the Cleveland Browns returned to the NFL in 1999. No, they didn’t make the playoffs and they missed a winning record by one-score in the final game, but this season meant a lot more than their 7-8-1 record would indicate.
This season was about more than a record. The Browns shook the loser label that had been haunting them for years and they became a team no one wanted to face. They took the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints to the limit early in the season, even with Hue Jackson coaching them.
After Jackson was fired, they became an even stronger team. They fell one score short of beating the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17, which would have meant sweeping a tough divisional opponent — while also knocking them out of the playoffs. Those are the kinds of wins that seemed impossible over the past two seasons as they were 1-31 in the first two years of the Hue Jackson era.
It’s easy to pinpoint the difference in those seasons and now. The Browns now have a general manager who is making the right calls. John Dorsey selected Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall in 2018 and he became the leader this team needed. He’s winning on the field and his edge has made Cleveland a talking point among major media outlets. Some may not like that part, but it gives the team an identity — something they’ve desperately needed.
Now as we look forward to 2019, we can start to speculate on the moves Dorsey will make next. Here we examine the roster and look at two players with expiring contracts who should be let go. We also look at two who should be re-signed, as well as two players who are still under contract that should be released.