Next moves for the Cleveland Browns in free agency
By Greg Newland
Nigel Bradham – Linebacker, Philadelphia Eagles
It appears the Browns will be less aggressive at linebacker after watching multiple top-tier options come off the board quickly. Nigel Bradham could be a middle of the road guy to fill in nicely with some experience. Bradham has spent eight years in the NFL, four with the Buffalo Bills and four with the Eagles.
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Bradham has had a few nice years but has only played one full season in his eight years as an NFL player. However, Bradham would likely be found at a discounted price. Bradham has made $1 million per year the last two years with the Eagles, and would likely only require a few million per year compared to $10-12 million for an impact linebacker.
Devon Kennard – Linebacker, Detroit Lions
After being surprisingly cut this week, Devon Kennard becomes a good target for the Browns to add depth at linebacker for 2020. Kennard will likely be a more expensive option at linebacker but would also be a better solution than Bradham.
Kennard was the team captain in 2019 for the Detroit Lions and was a team leader which would be another huge benefit for the Browns. After losing Schobert and Kirksey who were the clear leaders of the team, leadership is an important trait.
Kennard at 28, is still in his prime but is still somewhat unproven. His biggest year in tackles is only 58, which is significantly less than the production from Schobert. Given the circumstances, a mid-level $6-7 million per year contract seems worth the risk. Wilson, Takitaki and, Kennard would be young but more than capable to hold down the fort for 2020. An upgrade at defensive tackle would also be extremely beneficial for the young core. A big nose tackle like Joseph Linval or Damon “snacks” Harrison to play on first and second down would help keep these backers running free.