The rush of free agency has come and gone, but there are still quality players without teams. Here are a few the Browns should consider.
The Cleveland Browns and Andrew Berry came out with a bang in free agency. The Browns were able to snag the best available tight end and offensive tackle and at reasonable prices for the club. Let’s also not forget that the Browns were able to bring in backup quarterback Case Keenum to help mentor Baker Mayfield, which should be a huge benefit moving forward.
While they were aggressive, they also signed multiple one-year deals with players (all on defense), which is not solving the long-term problem. While the short-term deals are low risk for the Browns, they will likely be active again in free agency next year to fill the same holes.
Safeties Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo both signed one-year deals as well linebacker B.J. Goodson and defensive tackle Andrew Billings. Former first-round pick Kevin Johnson was also brought in on a one-year deal to fill the void at nickelback. All five of these players will likely be starters week one for Cleveland and play large roles in the 2020 season. Look for the Browns to draft heavy on defense to find replacements for these positions moving forward.
These one-year deals could be a masterful move by Andrew Berry if he drafts well. With much of the defense on contract years, Berry can evaluate before singing anyone long term. Berry then can develop drafted talent for one full year before having to put them on the field. The plan could be genius, but I repeat, he must draft well for this to work.
While much of the top end free agency talent is already off the board, look for Berry to be active in the upcoming week for players who may not have gotten the offer they expected. A few veteran players could be willing to settle for one-year “prove it” deals that could fit well in the Cleveland philosophy currently.