Cleveland Browns: 3 perfect fits to target in 2021 free agency

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2. Desmond King II, CB

The next player that the Browns should target this offseason is Desmond King II. There is still a lot unknown about King II and he would be a very out of the box selection for the Browns. However, he has the potential to round out the cornerbacks on Cleveland’s roster perfectly.

King started the 2020 season with the Los Angeles Chargers, but halfway through the year was traded to the Tennessee Titans for a sixth-round pick.

He didn’t see the field much last season, only playing 65 percent of the defensive snaps. Along with this, he only started in eight of the 15 games he played in. Despite this, King still put up very respectable numbers on the year. He finished the season with his man being targeted 50 times, but only giving up 37 receptions.  Along with this, he finished the season with 44 tackles and two sacks.

One of the two major selling points to signing King is his versatility. He can play all over the field which is something the Cleveland defense desperately needed last season with all of the injuries they experienced in their secondary.

King was rated as one of the best slot defenders in the NFL his first two seasons. While not reaching that peak again yet in his career, King is only 26 years old and there is a chance that next season is his best yet.

Along with this, he is able to play both the cornerback and safety positions. This would give the Browns someone they can use to fill any holes in the secondary any given week.

The second reason that the Browns should target Desmond King II in free agency is that there is a chance he will not be asking for much money. Pro Football Focus predicted that King II would resign with the Titans on a three-year deal worth $5.83 million a year.

Given the upside that King II possesses paired with the versatility he has, and the cheap contract he would be signed to, it would make sense for the Browns to at least look at King II in free agency.