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

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Nov 30, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Carlos Dunlap (43) before start of game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

Seattle Seahawks – Carlos Dunlap, EDGE

For our frequent Dawg Pound Daily readers, you may have already seen my take on the Browns pursuing Carlos Dunlap but for those that haven’t, here you go.

The Cleveland Browns fanbase and organization know all about who Carlos Dunlap is. He spent years absolutely terrorizing the AFC North’s offensive lines and quarterbacks. In the middle of the 2020 NFL season, the Cincinnati Bengals traded him away to the Seattle Seahawks. Recently, the Seahawks cut Dunlap because of how much his contract cost. With him hitting the open market, he’s one of the better pass rushers available that aren’t in that top tier of guys.

Dunlap has 12.5 career sacks against the Cleveland Browns. He spent ten and a half years of his career across the state in Cincinnati with the division rival Bengals. In 2020, he recorded 32 combined tackles, 18 quarterback hits, 8 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, and 4 pass breakups. He’s a good veteran presence that has experience going up against the Ravens and Steelers offenses, which really haven’t changed much throughout the years. Even with the Ravens changing their playbook to better fit Lamar Jackson, Dunlap has experience going up against them.

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The two-time Pro Bowler is one of the more experienced guys out on the market right now and that’s what the Browns desperately need. Lining up opposite of Myles Garrett would make any player look good but with a guy with his skill set, we may be seeing prime Carlos Dunlap back in action.