3. S Jarrod Wilson
On paper, the Browns have a very talented safety room. John Johnson III is one of the league’s very best, and Ronnie Harrison Jr. proved to be a steal for just a fifth-round pick. 2020 second-rounder Grant Delpit is returning from a torn achilles and has immense potential. And Sheldrick Redwine and rookie Richard LeCounte provide depth, along with slot corner M.J. Stewart, who has been taking snaps there in training camp.
But games aren’t played on paper. Both Delpit and Harrison have been dealing with hamstring injuries, and Delpit has taken only nine team reps in camp thus far. His status for Week 1 is reportedly in doubt, and who knows how long it will take him to properly adjust to the NFL. Redwine failed to earn the trust of his coaches last year despite a rash of injuries to the secondary, and LeCounte is still recovering from a serious ATV accident suffered almost a year ago.
Wilson has been a quality starter at both safety spots for the past five years, and is in the final season of his current deal, which pays him a $2.8 million base salary in 2021. For the Browns, he’d serve as the team’s third safety, which is effectively a pseudo-starting spot given how much defensive coordinator Joe Woods likes to rotate his defensive backs.
If the Jags aren’t going to keep Wilson around long-term, maybe the Browns would want to trade for him and extend him during the season, as he could be a valuable member of the secondary moving forward.