3 Moves Cleveland Browns fans could buy into
By Randy Gurzi
2. Sign safety Anthony Harris in free agency
The Browns felt as though they were solid at safety in 2019 with Damarious Randall, Morgan Burnett, and Jermaine Whitehead on the roster. Randall had just come off the best season of his career after coming over from the Packers in a trade. Burnett, who was a former teammate of his in Green Bay, was coming off a rough season in Pittsburgh but was returning to a box safety role after being misused by the Steelers.
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Whitehead was more of an unknown. He was a journeyman who also spent time with Green Bay before landing with the Browns near the end of 2018.
He quickly gained the trust of defensive coordinator Steve Wilks heading into the 2019 season and was even called a team leader. Unfortunately, his play didn’t match the offseason hype. And when called on it by a reporter, Whitehead threatened him via Twitter and was subsequently released.
As for Randall and Burnett, Randall is as good as gone following an off-year where he was unable to get a contract extension and seemed to be phoning it in. Burnett started to improve once Whitehead was gone but tore his Achilles and there’s no guarantee he can return to form in 2020.
That means Cleveland needs to land more starters and there’s a really good one on the market that comes from the same team Stefanski does. Anthony Harris was a breakout star for Minnesota and while he didn’t work under Stefanski, the fact that they came from the same team could help them connect this coming season. If so, Harris would be an instant starter for them and quite the upgrade.
He won’t come cheap, but the Browns have the cap room to make the move and landing a player such as Harris would help solidify the back end of their defense.