Joe Schobert effect: Next 3 Cleveland Browns Andrew Berry could replace
By Mitch Zoloty
3. Damarious Randall, FS
There hasn’t been much news on the Damarious Randall front this offseason. I’m expecting him to seek a big contract, one much bigger than the Browns are willing to pay him. When he first came to Cleveland he was a stud but struggled last season.
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Cleveland moved Damarious Randall to free safety, after he played cornerback for his first few seasons in Green Bay. He is definitely a better fit as free safety than corner and should continue to play that spot at his next stop in the NFL.
The Browns would be in need of a free safety if Randall doesn’t come back. The team doesn’t have an immediate replacement, so they should be willing to bring him back. I don’t think the Browns will pay him though, and for one simple reason: he didn’t produce enough for the conservative front office to pay him what he thinks he’s worth.
Randall had career lows in interceptions and passes defended last season, which is something you don’t want to see out of your stud safety who you’re about to pay big money for. Randall will likely be seeking around $10 million per year, similar to what Schobert was looking for.
That just seems like a highly unlikely price tag that Andrew Berry would be willing to pay. If you’re not going to pay Schobert, you’re most likely not going to pay Damarious Randall.