ESPN’s Bill Barnwell identified one player from every NFL team that could be moved before 2020. Who did he choose for the Cleveland Browns?
The Cleveland Browns have made some significant changes to their roster this season as new general manager Andrew Berry has gotten to work building the team to his specifications. He and first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski have a vision of what they want and it’s been easy to see that they have no problem being aggressive.
Adding talent in both free agency and the draft has made their roster much more competitive which could lead to some tough decisions as they trim their roster down to the 53-player limit.
With that being said, there could be some good players who don’t make the cut in 2020, and according to Bill Barnwell, that could mean a player who started 11 games over the past two seasons.
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The ESPN analyst selected one player from all 32 teams that could either be released or traded ahead of the 2020 campaign and for the Browns, that player was Terrance Mitchell, a cornerback who was added in 2018 by former GM John Dorsey.
"“Former Browns general manager John Dorsey once systematically released and traded away the draft picks of the Sashi Brown era. New Cleveland GM Andrew Berry has suggested he won’t purge the Browns’ roster of Dorsey’s favorites in response, but it does make sense to move on from Mitchell, who is owed $3 million in 2020 and would likely be the fourth corner behind Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams and Kevin Johnson.” — Barnwell, ESPN"
Mitchell was a former seventh-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys back in 2014 and has since been a journeyman. He spent time with the Chicago Bears before returning to Dallas and eventually found a home with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016.
That season, he was signed by Dorsey who was the general manager of the Cheifs. Then when Dorsey moved to Cleveland, he added Mitchell along with T.J. Carrie as offseason additions. Carrie was released earlier this offseason and while Berry might not be aiming to cut Dorsey’s guys (the way Dorsey did with Sashi Brown’s), Mitchell could be a victim of the numbers crunch.
Heading into the season, Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams have the starting spots locked down and former first-round pick Kevin Johnson was added as the No. 3 option. They also added undrafted free agent A.J. Green and have some promising players in Donovan Olumba and Tavierre Thomas.
Mitchell does have more talent than many of the players mentioned but the salary could be a factor. He makes an awful lot for a fourth corner, which could be his undoing.