The Browns are going to be better at safety this season, there’s no doubt about that. Last year, they had several issues, which was frustrating considering the promise this group had coming into the year.
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Damarious Randall was coming off the best season of his career and Morgan Burnett was signed and moved back to strong safety after struggling at free safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers the prior year. There was hope that his return to his natural position could have as big of an impact on him as it did for Randall in 2018 when he joined Cleveland.
Unfortunately, neither lived up to the hype and are now gone. In their place is Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo — two veteran free-agent signings. Joseph looks to be the long-term answer at safety, despite being on a one-year deal. Should he perform well, he could earn an extension from Andrew Berry.
As for Sendejo, he’s played free safety for much of his career but his play on the field is more reminiscent of a strong safety. Not only that, but at 32-years old (he will be 33 this season) he feels like more of a stop-gap solution than a long-term fix.
With that being said, it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see the Browns try and land a free safety of the future in the draft. Having said that, don’t look for them to do so at No. 10. That feels much too early to land someone such as Xavier McKinney from Alabama.
This could change should they drop down from their current spot, but right now it feels more likely that they will go for someone like Antoine Winfield or maybe Jeremy Chinn in the second round. Either way, they can still look to improve long-term at safety.