Cleveland Browns cornerback Terrance Mitchell could fill a hole for the Giants.
Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry was busy this offseason turning over the roster and adding several players his regime wanted in place of keeping players acquired by the previous regime. There was not a ton of roster turnover, but Berry has already put his mark on the roster.
By this time next year, it will not be surprising if most of the roster is players acquired by Berry and his regime, except for players like Baker Mayfield who make up the core part of the roster. That would mean players like Terrance Mitchell could have their days in Cleveland numbered.
Mitchell’s roster spot could be in question by the end of training camp. Berry has added plenty of competition to the secondary and cornerback will be a tough position to get down to six or seven players. Because of the competition, Mitchell could be on the outside looking in.
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With Kevin Johnson being signed to be the nickel corner, Mitchell likely slots in as the No. 4 cornerback. But with Tavierre Thomas likely having his roster spot guaranteed as the special teams ace, along with undrafted free agent A.J. Green being a coveted player, Mitchell may not be needed as the No. 4 cornerback.
Although having competition during training camp is always beneficial, the Browns could attempt to make a move involving Mitchell to acquire an asset or two. Mitchell could become a commodity for teams who are in desperate need of a cornerback with starting experience.
One of those teams could be the New York Giants, who have been hit hard at the cornerback position. There are serious questions about who will be the No. 2 cornerback for the Giants next to free agent signee James Bradberry, mostly because of unforeseen circumstances.
DeAndre Baker was expected to be the No. 2 cornerback for the Giants, but he was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list after he was arrested for armed robbery and aggravated assault. Depending on how long the investigation takes, Baker may not be suiting up for the Giants this season.
Without Baker as the starter, Sam Beal was going to be the leader in the competition to grab the No. 2 cornerback job for the Giants. However, Beal decided on Wednesday he will be taking the medical opt-out for the 2020 season, leaving plenty of doubts about the Giants cornerback situation.
The Giants will likely pursue their options in free agency, including Logan Ryan, who has experience with New York head coach Joe Judge. Because the Giants are saving around $14 million because of Nate Solder opting out, the Giants have enough cap space to spend on Ryan.
However, if things fall apart with Ryan or the Giants would prefer a cheaper option, Mitchell could prove to be a solid option for New York. Not only would he fit their scheme, but he would only have a cap hit of $3 million for New York.
Mitchell was thrust into starting duties in 2018 with the Browns after multiple injuries, but was making plays as Cleveland’s starter. In only eight games, Mitchell made 38 total tackles, two forced fumbles, one interception and six passes defensed. He thrived while playing in press man coverage, which is similar to what the Giants will be running in 2020.
Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham prefers to run Cover-1, as he utilizes man coverage while using a variety of blitzes. Mitchell playing in a man coverage scheme will benefit his performance as well as whoever he is playing for.
Mitchell may not be a top-tier starter, but he would be a much better option for the Giants than most of their current options. It wouldn’t take any major assets to trade for Mitchell, as it would likely take only a mid-to-late round draft pick to complete a trade.
It may only result a minor asset returning to Cleveland, but it would be better for the Browns to have an asset in return instead of cutting Mitchell for nothing. With the dire needs at corner in New York, Mitchell could be a player of interest for the Giants.