2. Damarious Randall, Free Safety
One of the best moves made by John Dorsey last offseason was the trade in which he sent DeShone Kizer to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for Damarious Randall. A cornerback at Green Bay, Randall returned to his collegiate position of free safety for the Browns and had a huge impact on the defense.
As stated by our own Casey Kinnamon, Randall’s play helped both safety positions and he considered it a snub that Randall wasn’t included in the Pro Bowl festivities last year.
"“Listed as a free safety from day one, Randall instantaneously solidified both safety positions. His ability to hold down the middle of field allowed Gregg Williams to move Jabrill Peppers over to strong safety. The move has proved to be exactly what the back-end of the defense has needed. Both safeties have been playing the best football of their respective careers.” — Kinnamon, DPD"
This season, he won’t be working with Jabrill Peppers, who was traded to the New York Giants. Instead, Randall will be back with Morgan Burnett, a teammate of his from their days in Green Bay.
Having a familiar face in the secondary with him will be a positive for Randall, but that’s not the only reason this could be his first Pro Bowl campaign. He’s also extra motivated due to this being a contract year.
Randall has made no secret that he wants to get paid and he knows the best way to do that is to get on the field and play his best football. Should he do that, it seems highly unlikely he will get snubbed again.