2. Terrance Mitchell, Defensive Back
The Cleveland Browns entered 2020 with a deep cornerback corps. They were returning Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams as the starters and also had Terrance Mitchell — who is an underappreciated veteran option. A former seventh-round pick out of Oregon, Mitchell spent time with both the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears before breaking out with the Kansas City Chiefs — one of the many solid finds made by John Dorsey.
Mitchell then followed Dorsey to Cleveland in 2018 and has been there ever since. However, he entered 2020 deep on the depth chart after some new arrivals. Cleveland added former Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills corner Jevin Johnson and then later claimed M.J. Stewart on waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There was also the signing of A.J. Green, the undrafted kid from Oklahoma State who has a great shot of making the final roster due to the lofty guarantee he was given.
Of course, things have changed recently. Johnson has been sidelined with a lacerated spleen and Williams hurt his shoulder. The length of time for Williams to miss is anyone’s guess and Johnson could be out for a while due to the severity of his injury — although he has already been working his way back as he did some light work on Tuesday.
That could help Mitchell stick with the team but if everyone is healthy, he might have a hard time making the roster. He’s not exactly overpaid at roughly $3.6 million (according to OverTheCap.com) in terms of his talent but if he’s fourth on the depth chart, that’s a tough pill to swallow. On top of that, the team could save $3 million by trading him. Again, this is all dependent on the health around him, but Mitchell’s job isn’t secure just yet.