1. Eric Murray, Safety
After landing Olivier Vernon, the Browns decided to move their starter from 2018, Emmanuel Ogbah. In exchange for his services, they landed Eric Murray from the Kansas City Chiefs. Originally, it looked as though Murray could be in the mix for the starting safety job but things have changed since the day the trade was announced.
Cleveland has since signed Morgan Burnett, who projects as a starting safety, and drafted Sheldrick Redwine out of Miami. In addition to those two landing on the roster, there’s also been a lot of talk as of late about Jermaine Whitehead and the work he’s done in becoming a complete safety.
With so much competition at the spot, Murray could find himself in trouble as the team could decide to go younger and save more than $2 million by releasing him.
Of course, Murray is more than just a depth piece at safety. He has experience in coverage as a cornerback and is also considered a standout player on special teams — which is an area Cleveland is hoping to clean up this season.
The question is whether or not his ability in this area worth the amount of money he will be paid. It may not be if some of the other new additions prove they can handle the role as well.