What’s next for Cleveland Browns in free agency?

Gareon Conley, Cleveland Browns free agency. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Gareon Conley, Cleveland Browns free agency. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /

Andrew Berry has put together a second-straight fantastic offseason for the Cleveland Browns. But is he done with free agency?

So far in free agency, Andrew Berry has been doing a fantastic job. The second-year Cleveland Browns general manager did the same thing he did in year one — which was to identify a weakness and then aggressively attack it.

Last year, Berry saw the offensive line as a major issue and in order to fix that, he signed Jack Conklin in free agency. He then added Jedrick Wills in the draft which turned their biggest weakness in 2019 into their biggest strength.

Now, he has tried to do the same thing on defense. Sure, Berry has added a defensive end, defensive tackle, and linebacker, but his best work has been in addressing the secondary.

Understanding how much of a weakness this was, he signed John Johnson and Troy Hill away from the Los Angeles Rams. Now, there are also reports that Gareon Conley could be the next target as there’s apparently interest on both sides.

Should the Browns pull off a deal for Conley, don’t be surprised if they go quiet after that. As of now, the team’s cap space availability is roughly $15 million according to OverTheCap.com, but they do have to save some of that for their incoming rookies.

This means, Berry is probably done making his splash signings and anything else he does could be similar to the rumored Conley deal — which will likely be a bargain signing.

Of course, this also doesn’t mean they won’t still land some impact players. As we saw in 2020, Berry landed their starting left tackle in Round 1 with Wills, and Grant Delpit should have been their starting safety had he not been hurt in camp.

Look for Berry to turn his attention to the draft for the majority of his remaining offseason moves where he will likely still add more talent to the defensive line — probably another edge rusher — and more help in the secondary. They like the guys they have but injuries to Delpit and Greedy Williams could lead to them drafting some insurance policies.

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Having said all that, even if Berry and the Browns do little else in free agency, this offseason has already been another huge win for him.