The AAF has recently finished its third week of play. The league is full of players who could see career revivals as backups in the NFL. Here is one player the Cleveland Browns should go after.
The AAF (Alliance of American Football) has been off to an amazing start. The league is full of notable former NFL players looking for a second chance to get into the league like former Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson and Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who was recently benched.
The AAF is also full of former NFL players whose names you might not know. One is Terence Garvin, an undrafted free agent out of West Virginia who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, and most notably the Seattle Seahawks. He is the same Terence Garvin who broke the jaw of Bengals punter, Kevin Huber, on a punt return in 2013.
Garvin never really got a fair shake in the NFL. He mostly played special teams, appearing in 75 games but only starting in four of them. During those 75 games, Garvin racked up 53 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one pass defended, one tackle for loss, and five quarterback hits. In three games in the AAF, however, he has been significantly more productive.
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Garvin currently leads the AAF in interceptions with three in as many games, including one pick-six. He’s also 10th in the league with 11 tackles. Garvin has emerged as one of the best linebackers in the AAF on arguably the best team in the league.
The Browns need linebacker depth. With Joe Schobert, Christian Kirksey, and Jamie Collins all penciled in as starters, Cleveland doesn’t need to use significant assets to address the linebacker room. Besides Genard Avery, the rest of the Browns linebacker core is up in the air.
Garvin’s dominant performances and explosive plays in the AAF are signs that he may be able to claim the 6th or 7th spot in the Browns linebacker room. Garvin has proven to be an explosive play-maker when given the time in the AAF, so he may be able to do the same as a backup in the NFL. He also has significant experience as a special teams player in the NFL, so he could come in and help out a Browns special teams that were abysmal last season.
It will be very interesting to see what the Browns do this season at linebacker. Jamie Collins could be cut, but it is my personal opinion that he shouldn’t be. Linebacker depth should be a main concern for the team this offseason, seeing as all three starters have suffered significant injuries that have caused them to miss time over the past few seasons.
Garvin can be a double-edged sword for the Browns as linebacker depth and a special teams player. He turned 28 this January, so he has at least two-to-three more years of being able to perform at the level the Browns would need him to play at.
With the ability to invite 90 players to training camp, look for the Browns to invite a few AAF players, and hopefully, Garvin will be one of them.