The Browns went into 2019 with minimal to no concern at safety after signing veteran Morgan Burnett to join Damarious Randall in the defensive backfield. Randall was coming off what may have been the best season of his young career in 2018 back at his natural position, and the future looked bright. Burnett was coming off a sub-par season in Pittsburgh, but the Browns thought he could bring value as a veteran both on and off the field.
Both did not happen in 2019 as Burnett dealt with injuries and poor play for the second season in a row, and Randall ran into injury and found head coach Freddie Kitchens’ dog house leading to a subpar campaign. Berry would let both walk in free agency, overhauling the position on the cheap.
Berry would start by signing former Raiders strong safety Karl Joseph. While Joseph has shown the talent to play in the NFL, he has dealt with a multitude of injuries. He has yet to complete an entire NFL season. The next move made to add depth was the signing of veteran Andrew Sendejo. At 32-years-old, Sendejo is on the back end of a solid career, but showed he had something left last season and could push to be the starter early. His experience could be crucial for a young secondary group.
The final move made by Berry was to draft Grant Delpit to challenge for a starting spot. The rookie was a standout at the position during his time at LSU and should push for action right away. The Browns also still have young safety Sheldrick Redwine, who showed some flashes late last season. All of these players have question marks, but both starting jobs are open to any of them.
Safety may have been the most open competition in camp, if not for the next position on the list.