6 former Cleveland Browns who might be done in the NFL

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 01: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Cleveland Browns in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on January 1, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 01: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Cleveland Browns in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on January 1, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** /
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1. Andrew Sendejo

Andrew Sendejo was never meant to play anywhere near the level of snaps he did in 2020, nor was he meant to fill the role that he did. He should have been the veteran depth box safety, playing behind Grant Delpit, Karl Joseph, and Ronnie Harrison.

Instead, he placed second on the defense in snaps behind only Terrance Mitchell. Additionally, he wasn’t the box safety; he was the free safety and the defense’s quarterback, often having to line up his teammates and attempt to cover up for their mistakes.

And yet, all of that is not enough of an excuse for his performance. He was one of, if not the worst starting safety in the league, with only Josh Jones and Jonathan Abram earning lower Pro Football Focus grades.

Given Sendejo’s reckless playstyle, the Browns are fortunate that his tenure ended without any significant injury to teammates as a result of friendly fire. He throws his body around with no regard for his or other’s well-being, whether they wear his colors or not. He has a history of injuring his own players, and thankfully that didn’t happen in Cleveland (outside of one play where he sent Sheldon Richardson to the sideline for a few minutes).

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The entire Browns defense got a facelift, but the safety group should see the most improvement, both because of the additions of Delpit and John Johnson III, and the absence of Sendejo. He’ll be 34 next month, and if his play last year is any indication, he’s just about done.