1. Jake Ryan
A former St. Ignatius linebacker, Jake Ryan already has many roots in northeast Ohio. Ryan’s past few years in the NFL have been plagued with injury, and he really hasn’t gotten a shot to play since 2017. When he was playing for the Packers, he was playing at a high level.
After tearing his ACL before the start of the season in 2018, he has only played in two games since then. The Jaguars would put him on injured reserve late in the 2019 season, ending his tenure with the franchise.
Ryan signed with the Ravens briefly this offseason but was cut in June after the franchise landed Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison in the draft. His health has obviously been a major issue over his entire career. It would be worth the Browns’ time though to bring him into the team facility and let their training staff get a look at him. Ryan is an inside linebacker who could provide some veteran presence in the position room full of young guys.
There arent many viable options left for the Browns to try to sign to play linebacker. These guys on this list are pretty much the cream of the crop of what is left on the market. The Cleveland Browns could find themselves content with what they have on their roster at linebacker and sign none of these guys and I would not be surprised.
However, I think not addressing the linebacker position, especially after Mack Wilson’s injury, would be a bad move. If the Browns want to be competitive and have a shot of winning the division this season, they need to bring in another linebacker.