With the 2020 draft and most of the free agency period over, the roster has taken shape. What Cleveland Browns could miss the roster in 2020?
The Cleveland Browns have continued to collect talent in free agency and the draft. The Browns will have two new starting offensive tackles next season in Jack Conklin and rookie Jedrick Wills Jr., as well as three new safeties in Karl Joseph, Andrew Sendejo, and rookie Grant Delpit. Let’s also not forget the addition of Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper, who looks to have a breakout year in the Kevin Stefanski offense.
Andrew Berry was also able to bring in names like cornerback Kevin Johnson, defensive end Adrian Clayborn, defensive tackle Andrew Billings, and linebacker B.J. Goodson, whom will also be major contributors in 2020. With all the additional talent brought in, it looks like some guys drafted by John Dorsey could be on their way out of the organization.
Typically, when a new general manager and head coach take over an organization there is a ton of house cleaning. To this point, there have not been any surprise releases. Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey were fan favorites, but there weren’t many who believed Schobert deserved $10 million per year or Kirksey could stay healthy for a full season.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in 2020 is that Berry has elected to keep the $15.5 million contract of defensive end Olivier Vernon. With injuries last year and no dead money left on his contract, many suspected Vernon would be replaced with a younger edge rushing prospect.
While there is still time for a name like Jadeveon Clowney to be added to the roster, it appears likely that Vernon will be on the day one roster. However, with all of the upgraded talent, there are a few past contributors who could be on their way out.