3 Moves Cleveland Browns should have made in 2021 offseason
1. Cleveland Browns should have done more at DT
This season, the Browns biggest question mark is right in the middle of their defensive line. After letting Larry Ogunjobi walk in free agency, Cleveland also decided it was time to part ways with Sheldon Richardson.
He was still a stud in 2020, but Richardson’s contract was rather large and Andrew Berry and the front office felt they could get similar production for less money. That means they now have Andrew Billings and Malik Jackson as the projected starters.
Overall, the D-line could be better with Jadeveon Clowney and Takk McKinley joining the ranks but the interior is not as good as it was in 2021. There is some hope in the form of Malik McDowell, who has been out of the game since Dec. 2016 but is making the most of his new chance.
Still, Cleveland would have been wise to go after some more experienced help and there were a couple of options. One was Jarran Reed who was let go by Seattle and ended up signing with the Chiefs for just $5.5 million — which is a steal for his talent.
Another name to hit the open market and land with a team on a bargain deal was Maurice Hurst got just over $1 million to join the San Francisco 49ers.
Perhaps the Browns end up just fine with the crew they have but it feels as though they’re rolling the dice at defensive tackle this year.