5. Ronald Leary
Most likely the best available name on this list, Ronald Leary would be a great fit for the Cleveland Browns. He got his career started underneath current Cleveland Browns offensive line coach Bill Callahan when the two were together in Dallas. Since then, Leary has started 76 out of the 77 games he has played in over the past eight seasons.
Leary to the Cleveland Browns just makes too much sense. He can come in and compete at the right guard spot, he’s already familiar with his position coach, and the Browns are kind of desperate for a quality backup guard at the moment.
I do not expect general manager Andrew Berry to dish out picks for backups as his predecessor did. He values draft picks more, which is the logical thing to do when it comes to contracts. Leary costs nothing but cap space for the Browns to acquire.
There are two problems that would prevent Leary from signing with the Browns. First, he has only played in all 16 games once in his NFL career. As a backup, that isn’t a big deal. However, if he is brought in to start, that should cause some concern. The other issue is money. He is going to be the most expensive guy on this list, and it might not be an efficient use of cap space to spend on a backup guard.
We already know the Browns are interested in Ronald Leary, as they brought him in on a visit. Time will tell if the Cleveland Browns sign him, and if they do, it will be a great fit.