2. EDGE Josh Allen
No, the other Josh Allen. Not the one who just got $258 million over six years.
This Josh Allen is an elite athlete on the edge, and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, racking up 10.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss. His production took a hit in 2020, as he missed eight games to shoulder and knee injuries. Would the Jags really consider moving on from a former seventh overall pick who is just 24 years old and has already shown so much potential?
It may not sound logical, but neither does trading Harrison for a fifth-rounder or making trying to move Henderson. The Browns don’t have a solution at EDGE2 past this season, and Allen would be exactly that.
The last thing the Browns want to do is pay twice for a player; that means giving up significant draft capital only to sign the player to a pricey extension. Perhaps Allen would cost the team’s first-round pick in 2022 (or more), but they would get two years of cheap cost and one on his fifth-year option, and for a team that is both likely to take a pass-rusher high in 2022 anyway, and is unable to afford to pay another aside from Garrett, that could be a very interesting proposition.