Cleveland Browns FA target No. 1: D.J. Chark, WR
Arguably the biggest need for the Browns in 2022 is going to be at wide receiver. They moved on from Odell Beckham, Jr. during the season —‚ as they needed to. And now heading into the free agency period, there’s a belief they will also move on from Jarvis Landry who is set to make $16 million and just had the least productive season of his career.
Cleveland should be looking to get younger, and faster at the position and while taking a receiver at No. 13 is surely an option, they should also look to add some help in free agency. One player who is going to be there to try and lure in is D.J. Chark — who played at LSU which means the Browns have to be interested, right?
Chark spent the past four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and broke out in year two when he had 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. He followed that up with 706 yards in 2020 but then missed 13 games this past season and had only seven receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the four games he did play.
Of course, we all know part of the problem with his numbers has been the revolving door at quarterback in Jacksonville. The issues the Jags had could also help push him out the door. He also could be looking for a one-year “prove-it” deal after suffering a broken ankle this past season.
General manager Andrew Berry would be wise to see what it would take to land Chark as the Browns could use a 6-foot-4, 200-pound wideout with the speed to stretch a defense.