The Cleveland Browns should add linebacker help at the deadline
Tuesday, Nov. 3 is the trade deadline for the NFL during the 2020 season and so far, the Cleveland Browns seem as though they won’t be very active. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be. While they do have a record of 5-3 at the halfway point, the Browns have some issues that they need to address, with the biggest being in the middle of their defense.
Cleveland’s linebackers have been a problem for them all season and never was that more evident than on Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders. The defensive line struggled to get a push in the middle and the linebackers were exposed in the run game because of it. Las Vegas racked up 208 yards, which was frustrating, but not uncommon.
The Browns also had similar issues stopping the Pittsburgh Steelers running attack as James Conner had tons of room to operate. In addition to their struggles in the running game, Cleveland’s linebackers have also been taken advantage of in the passing game.
Week after week, opposing tight ends find open spots in coverage and running backs get open in the flat for solid gains. Often, this happens on third downs and we saw this happen when Devontae Booker took a short pass 17-yards on a third-and-18 which allowed the Raiders to go for it on fourth-and-1 during a frustrating 16-play drive.
With all that being said, we look around the NFL and identify three linebackers that the Browns could try and land to help them in the second half of the season.