Jake Trotter, who covers the Cleveland Browns for ESPN, says the team isn’t done addressing their defensive needs in free agency
On Wednesday, the Cleveland Browns added a couple names to the defensive side of the ball that helped shore up some holes. First, it was former Raiders safety Karl Joseph, who replaces Morgan Burnett. Then, it was B.J. Goodson, most recently of the Green Bay Packers, who they signed to play linebacker after losing Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey.
Then on Thursday, they added another defender as they came to terms with defensive tackle Andrew Billings on a one-year deal. Billings addition will be a factor in the run game, an area the Browns defense struggled mightily in during the 2019 campaign.
As exciting as these moves are, Cleveland might not be done. According to Jake Trotter or ESPn, there are still some areas that general manager Andrew Berry and head coach Kevin Stefanski would like to see addressed.
There’s no doubt the Browns could use help in all the areas Trotter pointed to. While Joseph is replacing Burnett, they have yet to sign a free safety with Damarious Randall not returning. They also could use a slot corner since they released T.J. Carrie.
It’s also easy to see why Berry is re-tooling the defense. According to NFL.com, the Browns were 22nd in yards surrendered in 2020 and 30th in rushing yards. Their pass defense was seventh, but that seems inflated given how many times opponents were running the ball to close games out.
Berry knows the team needs to be better on this side of the ball and adding as much talent as he can now will not only help them field a better roster but it opens things up in the draft. Should the Browns head into that with no major holes, they could draft based solely on the talent of the player on the board.