Cleveland Browns pick-a-player: Adding one free agent from each NFC West team

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Which NFC West free agents should the Cleveland Browns target in free agency?

Well here we are, with free agency just hours away, it’s time for the final installment of our Cleveland Browns pick-a-player series! If you have read every installment, thank you very much I appreciate all of your support. If this is the first one you are reading, welcome! Don’t worry I’ll give you a quick rundown of this concept and the series as a whole. We’ve already gone through the entirety of the AFC and have done the NFC North, South, and East.

This “pick a player” concept is pretty simple. My name is Nick Swanson and in this scenario, the Cleveland Browns general manager, Andrew Berry, called me into his office and said, “Nick! Today we are going to have you choose the players we sign in free agency.” The only caveats are that the player must be a free agent in the 2021 class, no trying to skip a year to 2022 and that the player we are signing must have played finished the season on a team in the division, in this case, the NFC West.

Since all of the franchise tags have already been applied, we don’t have to worry about this aspect. This also won’t account for any trades that may happen in the future, so Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry are still members of the Browns even with rumors floating around.

Breaking the fourth wall here, but this is being written on Sunday night so we have already seen Benardrick McKinney and Marcus Cannon get traded. As of right now, when I’m writing this, the Cleveland Browns have not agreed to any trades so the players I select on this list shouldn’t be affected. If a trade is made for a player at a position that I focus on in this piece, oh well, you hate to see it.

I also want to make this very clear, as clear as I possibly can. This is in no way a prediction of what the Browns do in the offseason. This is simply the players that I would choose to pursue if I had the power to do so. With that being said, let’s begin.