2. Chad Thomas, Defensive End
Cleveland did add some talent at defensive end this offseason as Olivier Vernon comes in to play opposite Myles Garrett. Vernon, who was a huge signing for the Giants in the 2016 offseason, never lived up to his lofty contract but he did enough to make his first Pro Bowl last season for New York. No longer the primary edge rusher, Vernon will be a great Robin to the Batman they have in No. 95.
However, there’s also some concern that goes along with the talent that Vernon brings. Over the past two seasons, Vernon has missed a total of nine games which means the Browns need to make sure someone is ready to step up in a moment’s notice.
It didn’t take long to realize that player wasn’t going to be Emmanuel Ogbah as Cleveland sent him packing shortly after the trade for Vernon. In exchange for Ogbah, the Browns added safety Eric Murray who should be a special teams stud. That move also left them thin at defensive end with Chris Smith and Anthony Zettel remaining as the only veteran options.
Other possibilities include moving Genard Avery closer to the line more or possibly getting Chad Thomas on the field this season. And while many fans are out on Thomas, Dorsey still believes there’s going to be some good football in his future.
Just like with Corbett, he’s not putting all the faith in Thomas, but by sending Ogbah away the Browns are showing some belief in the former Miami defensive end.