Cleveland Browns: 5 best remaining pass-rushers in free agency
3. Carlos Dunlap
Browns fans know first-hand what an underrated player Carlos Dunlap has been for his 11-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals (and Seattle Seahawks). His 87.5 sacks is a nice number, and Dunlap has been an elite run defender for what seems like forever.
That becomes important as the team plays linebackers less and less often, which is the Joe Woods plan. Dunlap would provide the Browns with a different kind of body up front, as his 6-6 280-pound frame resembles Garrett much more than it does the short and stocky McKinley and Olivier Vernon type.
If Cleveland wants a base power end opposite Garrett, Dunlap is the way to go. He did have a down year in 2020, but he wasn’t bad by any means. Like Houston, he’s 32 and will be trying to win a Super Bowl before he retires. The Browns are a great place to do that (yes, really), and if he can rebound well, could provide some fantastic value on a cheap one-year deal.
Having Dunlap on the Browns side would be a nice change, provided he comes at a reasonable cost. Considering the current market and the chance to win that Cleveland offers, that isn’t unrealistic in the slightest.