The Cleveland Browns need help in the wide receiver department. Mike Williams of the Chargers is available in free agency and could help spark the Cleveland offense
Mike Williams is a very talented wide receiver and has helped his team, the Los Angeles Chargers return to being one of the best offenses in the NFL. His young and talented quarterback Justin Herbert has been able to maximize Williams’s talents these last couple of seasons.
However, despite a winning record this past year at 9-8, they haven’t been to the playoffs since 2018 when the Chargers finished at 12-4. Williams is now a high-profile free agent that will be available to start talking to other NFL teams in early March when the free agency window opens in mid-March.
Despite, the success he’s achieved with the Chargers, will he look to sign elsewhere, and could the Cleveland Browns swoop in and try and sign the former first-round pick from Clemson?
He was paid $15 million this past season and will likely expect that and more with his next contract. The Browns have roughly $25 million in cap space according to OverTheCap.com to sign players in free agency. Cleveland could release a few players this offseason as well, including their current wide receiver, Jarvis Landry. If the team were to release him, they’d save almost $15 million.
Landry had his worst year statistically of his career and with his best friend and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. taking a hike to Los Angeles to play for the Rams midseason and win himself a Super Bowl, maybe the Browns would be better off parting ways with the vocal leader of the team.
If the Browns were to zero in on Williams, the price tag for his services would be high, but it might be a piece to the team that could vault them to new heights and gets them back to being a full-fledged playoff contender.
From all the news out there in Los Angeles, Williams is well respected by his teammates and coaches and would be a player that would be difficult to pull away from the Chargers and the sunny skies of Los Angeles.
Cleveland has had their issues on offense well documented this past season and for the team to try and lure a player of William’s caliber to come play for them will take some real car salesman expertise to attract him and even listen to an offer. The biggest drawback right now seems to be the negativity surrounding Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield and questioning if he’d damaged goods after a year of injuries to his shoulder and legs.
Regardless, of his status moving forward, the Browns certainly need some better talent at the wide receiver position and Williams would be a big upgrade for the team.