The Cleveland Browns traded Jabrill Peppers to the New York Giants in the Odell Beckham, Jr. deal. Here are three free agents who they can replace him with.
It’s probably safe to say the first wave of NFL free agency is in the books. Some massive contracts were given out during that time, and the Cleveland Browns were part of the shopping spree.
As of Thursday night, they added four new players in free agency as they agreed to terms with defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson from the Minnesota Vikings, tight end Demetrius Harris from the Kansas City Chiefs, linebacker Adarius Taylor from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and on Thursday, offensive lineman Eric Kush from the Chicago Bears.
Each of those signings serves a great purpose. Richardson solidified their one weaknesses on the defensive line, Harris replaces the recently-released Darren Fells just like Taylor does for Jamie Collins. As for Kush, he has plenty of experience and serves as a fallback plan should Austin Corbett struggle at right guard. If Corbett succeeds, he provides some veteran depth.
Even with those moves being made, the big news for the Browns wasn’t what happened in free agency. Instead, it was all about their trades with the New York Giants. Cleveland landed wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. and defensive end Olivier Vernon. While those two players will help, the team shipped off guard Kevin Zeitler and safety Jabrill Peppers as parts of the two separate trades.
Corbett was already mentioned as a replacement for Zeitler but they have yet to add another safety. While they could go with Derrick Kindred as the starting strong safety, the Browns may also want to add someone else. They have been linked to Eric Berry, formerly of the Chiefs, but there are other options as well — including the following three players.