Looking back over the storied Cleveland Browns history and deciding which former stars would be able to thrive as a member of the 2019 roster.
It seems like a simple question, but there’s really no easy answer. Which former Cleveland Browns players would you add to the 2019 roster if you could bring them back in their prime? There are a lot of ways to go with this and there’s really no wrong answer.
One fan may want to bring back a former favorite of theirs, regardless of the position they played, just to see him on the field once again. Or, they could look at the current roster and try to fill holes with some of the greats. Either way, it’s a fun ‘what if’ exercise.
For the purposes of this piece, we will primarily focus on players who could come in and improve the roster — meaning there won’t be a Bernie Kosar vs. Baker Mayfield camp battle. That doesn’t make it much easier and some very big names were left out.
With that being said, we start with the honorable mentions who just missed the cut.
Honorable Mentions: Josh Cribbs, Hanford Dixon, Joe DeLamielleure
Josh Cribbs would be a lot of fun on this roster. He could line up in the backfield as a running back, in the slot or out wide as a receiver while also working as a kick returner as well. They could even use him as a Wildcat quarterback, but why would we want to have anyone but Mayfield throw the ball. To summarize, Cribbs would be fun, but in the end, he was just edged out by one of the top-5 players who we get to later.
Hanford Dixon is another one who could help but just misses the cut. His ability as a cornerback would really help the Browns this season, but the good news is Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams are both talented and still improving.
Lastly, for the honorable mentions, we have Joe DeLamielleure who would be a stud a right guard. He played for both the Browns and Buffalo Bills and ended up in the Hall of Fame. It would be nice seeing him clear the way for the current stable of running backs.