Grading the Cleveland Browns first wave of free agency
By Greg Newland
New Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry was busy early and often bringing in some highly coveted names in free agency. How did the first-year GM do?
The Cleveland Browns roll into 2020 coming off one of the most disappointing seasons in team history (I know that is hard to believe). After splash signings by John Dorsey in 2019, expectations were as high as ever. The offense was loaded with talent including Nick Chubb and Odell Beckham Jr. Not to mention Baker Mayfield appeared to be the savior Cleveland has prayed for since 1999. Let’s just say things didn’t go as planned.
After a piece of humble pie in 2019, the organization is under a new regime and looking to regain credibility. An unfortunate record of 6-10 cost first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens and general manager Dorsey their jobs.
At the time Dorsey was fired fans were up in arms with the Jimmy and Dee Haslam, calling them the worst owners in pro sports. At the time it was easy to be right there with them. Although it was apparent Dorsey wanted full control, no one had brought more talent to Cleveland than him.
After a slow, deliberate coaching and general manager search, all fans are asking, “Did the Browns finally get it right?” It’s hard to not be pessimistic with all the fans have gone through, but head coach Kevin Stefanski and general manager Andrew Berry have put together a formidable roster in a short time in Cleveland.
Not only did the Browns fill vital needs, but they also spent money at the most important positions, and signed tremendous discounted talent at less important positions. While there is still time remaining in free agency, Andrew Berry has knocked it out of the park so far. Keep reading for a position by position grade.