After weeks of rumors and speculations, the Browns have landed presumably one of their top three targets in free agency.
Conklin has been one of the top prospects for the Browns this offseason after tremendous struggles in 2019 with pass protection.
This deal makes sense for both sides as $20 million will be paid in the first year of the deal. This works for Conklin as he will only be 28 at the expiration of this deal, with the expectation being the salary cap will continue to increase.
Conklin will be able to ink one more deal in his prime, likely at a higher price if he performs.
This deal works well for the Browns as it frees them up substantially after two years to sign Myles Garrett and Baker Mayfield to well-deserved extensions. If Conklin doesn’t live up to expectations, the Browns will also have an easier decision to cut after two years as well.
The Browns gave up an average of $14 million per year for Conklin, which quickly makes you forget about his few flaws.
While Conklin may have had a few struggles in the past, Cleveland got a nice deal for a high caliber player. As of now, Conklin will be the third-highest paid tackle behind Trent Brand and Lane Johnson.
So far Andrew Berry has started out well signing the most versatile tight end in Austin Hooper and arguably the best available tackle, both at reasonable prices.
Now let’s look for the Browns to add a left tackle with the number 10 pick in the draft as well as help at safety and linebacker. The Browns are at it again, getting fans excited.