Daily Dawg Tags: Cleveland Browns push for virtual offseason

The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including the team looking for a virtual offseason

One thing we kept hearing all throughout the pandemic in this country was the phrase “the new normal.” While this isn’t really meant for the football field, we are starting to see that teams are going to challenge what is normal.

So far in 2021, several clubs have decided not to attend the voluntary workouts that have largely never been voluntary. And now, the Cleveland Browns have joined the movement, saying they want to push for a virtual offseason.

Such a move makes sense considering COVID-19 isn’t exactly contained and still does pose a threat. That was one of the biggest reasons Cleveland decided to stand with the other teams making this move.

That story and more can be found in today’s Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns News

Browns players: We are exercising right not to attend in-person work — Josh Alper, Pro Football Talk

“For those reasons, we stand in solidarity with players from other clubs by exercising our CBA right to not attend in-person voluntary workouts this offseason. We are professionals who train year-round, wherever we spend our offseason. As we proved last year, we will be ready to compete this upcoming season.”

This statement is 100 percent correct. Cleveland didn’t attend OTAs in 2020 and they ended up having their best season since returning to the NFL in 1999. They’re also returning all their offensive starters meaning they should be able to pick up right where they left off.

Mel Kiper Jr. on how signing Jadeveon Clowney could impact Browns’ draft plans — Anthony Poisal, ClevelandBrowns.com

“You’ve got a pass rusher now, and you say, ‘OK, that’s checked off the list,'” Kiper said Thursday in a conference call with reporters. “You don’t have to go that route. You have linebackers, and you need a speed receiver. They could also address defensive tackle and cornerbacks — because of the depth —  maybe a little later.”

The signings were brilliant by Cleveland since it means they no longer have a glaring need at any position. They also don’t have to shy away from anything either since there are so many players on one-year contracts.

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