The Cleveland Browns had a big first wave of free agent signings. here are two more players they should sign now before they regret it.
GM Andrew Berry and the Cleveland Browns have done a terrific job up to this point at building the roster. By adding two starters on offense and a slew of defensive depth pieces over the past week and a half, the Browns have set themselves up to make a push for the playoffs next season.
However the work is not done just yet. With the draft about a month a way, Cleveland should still be looking at adding a few players for depth and to be able to start if needed.
After missing out on Derek Wolfe, a quality defensive end last week who just so happened to sign with the Baltimore Ravens on the cheap, Cleveland can't afford to miss out on these two players.
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No. 1: Alec Ogletree, LB
The Browns weakest position group on the team right now is at linebacker. The Browns lost Pro-Bowler Joe Schobert to the Jacksonville Jaguars via free agency and have signed a quality depth piece in B.J. Goodson.
Enter Alec Ogletree who has remained unsigned thus far. Ogletree would be a welcomed piece to this unit as he is a veteran NFL starter who is capable of pushing the young guys for playing time.
Last season he started 13 games for the New York Giants and recorded 80 tackles, one sack and four tackles for a loss. Over his seven-year NFL playing career he has racked up 676 tackles and 12 interceptions. He is more than capable of playing pass coverage while also providing solid tackling skills.
And based on the way free agency has been this offseason, a one year deal on the cheap should be enough to get him to wear orange and brown next season.
No. 2: Everson Griffen, DE
Cleveland needs to add a pass rusher to this team either with free agency or the draft. Olivier Vernon remains on the team and when healthy he is a solid player.
However, at this point in his career you can not expect him to stay healthy for a full season. Adding a third quality pass rusher is a must to help reduce his snap and to give the Browns some insurance.
Everson Griffen remains a quality option even at the age of 32. He has been with Minnesota so Kevin Stefanski and Joe Woods both know him well. Griffen played in 15 games for the Vikings last season and recorder eights sacks and 24 quarterback hits. Very solid numbers.
If he can bring that sort of production to Cleveland for a season or two then he might just be that extra piece that Cleveland needs to help break its playoff draught.