Cleveland Browns free agency update: Next targets after landing Austin Hooper
By Greg Newland
With new regimes you often see players follow coaches and general managers, will the Cleveland Browns see that with Kevin Stefanski and Andrew Berry?
Any time a team gets a new coach it feels like they find a way to steal a player from where they left. Sometimes fans love it, and other times fans feel like the coach may have blinders on. No matter what you think, it is inevitable that there is a good chance of recruiting players from the former team. Who could the Cleveland Browns take in 2020?
When John Dorsey stepped in at the end of 2017, the Browns certainly saw a rush of “Dorsey” players and coaches. Dorsey traded for Damarious Randall who he was familiar with in Green Bay, and he also brought in troubled Kareem Hunt who he drafted while with the Kansas City Chiefs. Dorsey also brought in Alonzo Highsmith and Elliot Wolf as talent evaluators who he previously worked with during his tenure in Green Bay.
The Browns have already seen tremendous turnover in coaches, many tied to Stefanski including defensive coordinator Joe Woods, who worked with Stefanski in Minnesota.
Let’s not forget the first signing of the Berry and Stefanski era, Johnny Stanton, a fullback originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2018. Stanton is a freak athlete who fits Stefanski’s running scheme perfectly. After an injury, last season, look for Stanton to play a big part in the 2020 Browns offense.
As free agency is set to kick off soon, deals have already started reporting as Christian Kirksey agreed to a two-year $8 million per year deal with the Green Bay Packers. Who are the players from the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles you can expect to be tempted to Cleveland from Stefanski and/or Berry? Here is a shortlist that the Browns should consider.