Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report says signing Nigel Bradham is the final move the Cleveland Browns need to make this offseason
Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry has been busy in his first offseason as a GM. Berry continued to add talent to an already solid roster as he brought in Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, Karl Joseph, Grant Delpit, and Jedrick Wills just to name a few.
However, he also let some talent leave. Berry and head coach Kevin Stefanski apparently decided they were fine to let Joe Schobert walk in free agency and they also moved on from Christian Kirksey. Because of that, the Browns now have what Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski called one of the worst linebacker corps in the NFL.
The good news is, Sobleski isn’t just criticizing the team, but he’s also offering a solution. In an article where he identifies one move every NFL team needs to make, he says the Browns should pick up veteran free agent Nigel Bradham.
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“On paper, the Browns feature the league’s worst linebacker corps.
A veteran addition could help significantly. Nigel Bradham is still recovering from a torn shoulder labrum and torn ankle ligaments, per the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Marcus Hayes. When healthy, Bradham is a true three-down linebacker who could significantly improve the Browns’ second line of defense.” — Sobleski, Bleacher Report
Currently, the Browns have Mack Wilson, Sione Takitaki, B.J. Goodson, and rookie Jacob Phillips. Calling them the worst in the league might be a stretch but they surely lack proven talent and adding someone with Bradham’s pedigree would give them someone who has been getting the job done in the NFL for many years.
Originally a fourth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills back in 2012, Bradham spent the past four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles — and was a part of their Super Bowl-winning team in 2017.
The veteran linebacker has been linked to the Browns in the past but mostly just as a possible fit — much like Sobleski has — and there hasn’t been much in the way of the team showing interest.
That could change should he become healthy, as the injury concerns could be causing teams to hold off on calling the 30-year old linebacker. Still, it’s hard to argue with the Sobleski’s statement that he’s a true three-down linebacker who would be the best on the Browns this season.
Bradham wouldn’t be a long-term solution but he could be the exact player Cleveland needs. He would provide veteran leadership while being a strong mentor for the younger linebackers to look up to as they learn the ropes. For that reason alone, the signing sure seems as though it would be worth it.