3 free agents Cleveland Browns can’t afford to lose in 2022

Cleveland Browns, Jadeveon Clowney. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
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Cleveland Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) celebrates after a sack during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal] /

Cleveland Browns Player to bring back No. 1 – Jadeveon Clowney

Myles Garrett had a fantastic season for the Cleveland Browns, but I could also argue that Jadeveon Clowney was just as disruptive of a player. He may have only had nine sacks (which is a lot), but he also had a ton of quarterback pressures and dominated in the run game.

For every play that Garrett made, Clowney was right behind him. The defensive line didn’t always get as much pressure as they would have liked, but quarterbacks were often rushed into decisions they weren’t ready to make.

Bringing Clowney back for another year or two would instantly make this defense top-five in the league. Especially if they find a defensive tackle who has the ability to collapse a pocket, so quarterbacks don’t have as easy of an escape route as they did this season.

There is no doubt, Clowney will be expensive. I wouldn’t be shocked if he had offers for $20 million per year. Remember, Clowney knows how valuable Garrett is to him. He left Houston (where he had J.J. Watt) and struggled for two years as the no. one option with the Seahawks and Titans.

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I think Clowney will be motivated to stay in Cleveland and will do so for a slight discount. A two-year deal in the $35 million dollar range with some heavy guarantees would be a win for everyone.