3 Cleveland Browns who won’t be back in 2021

Cleveland Browns, Larry Ogunjobi. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Cleveland Browns, Larry Ogunjobi. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Cleveland Browns, Andrew Sendejo. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

These Cleveland Browns players might be gone in 2021

There are several free agents that the Cleveland Browns are going to have to make a decision on this season as their contracts come to a close. Some will be very difficult to decide their future on — such as Kevin Johnson.

A free-agent addition from the Buffalo Bills, Johnson underperformed expectations but wasn’t exactly a bust. On top of that, Cleveland is thin at cornerback so keeping him might make some sense.

However, there are some players where it seems more clear-cut what will happen. That’s what we focus on here as we identify three players who are highly unlikely to return to Cleveland in 2021.

3. Andrew Sendejo, Safety

Last offseason, the Browns looked to improve their safety corps. They signed Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo to give them two capable veteran starters. Then, they drafted Grant Delpit to add a young player to groom.

Sadly, Delpit never played a down as he tore his Achilles. The one good thing to come from that injury was it led to the front office trading for Ronnie Harrison from the Jaguars. Harrison was arguably the best safety on the team and with him and Delpit under contract, they should have their starters set — and there’s a good chance they try and retain Joseph.

With all this being said, Andrew Sendejo ends up being the odd man out. A 12-year veteran. Sendejo is a savvy player but he’s physically limited which led to him struggling early on this past season. He often drew the ire of frustrated fans but as the season went on, he did get better.

Even with his improved play, Sendejo was there as a veteran presence to help the younger players transition to Joe Woods’ defense. He accomplished that job and if he wants to continue playing, it will likely have to be elsewhere.