With the defensive end corps lacking depth, the Cleveland Browns brought in Ifeadi Odenigbo. What did they land with the former Minnesota Viking?
It’s no secret that the Cleveland Browns still need help on the defensive line.
While they have come a long way and have still made plenty of changes and added plenty of help all across the board, the defensive line was still an area of concern after watching the preseason, more so on the interior than the outside.
Early Monday morning, the Browns made a move, signing defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo to a deal. But what does he bring to the table — other than his ties to the Minnesota Vikings, which is where Kevin Stefanski came from?
What Cleveland gets is a player with 15 starts under his belt in 32 games. He’s also more than capable of getting home on the pass rush.
Odenigbo totaled 10.5 sacks in his past two years in Minnesota with the Vikings, including seven in 2019.
In Cleveland, he will likely play a similar role as a player to spell their starting duo. If Odenigbo can provide 5 or so sacks this season to help out star Myles Garrett and new addition Jedeveon Clowney, the Browns defensive line should have a fairly large number in the sack total category once this season comes to an end.
Odenigbo was released by the Giants last week, so the Browns wasted no time on getting a deal worked out.
Obviously, signing Odenigbo isn’t a groundbreaking signing by any means. However, Browns GM Andrew Berry continues to impress, as this move is really solid for depth for the season.
I still would not be surprised to see Berry add to the defensive line, because again, the interior still could use some help. Andrew Billings did not seem to be what we thought he was going to be (at least after watching him in pre-season action).
While guys like Malik McDowell, Jordan Elliot, and Takk McKinley are there, it’s fair to say they all have question marks around them, so only time will tell.