There have been several players that have recently been released by their teams in the league and the Cleveland Browns would be smart to consider them
The NFL silly season, also known as the offseason, has started with a bang this past week and the Cleveland Browns should continue to be very active as the free agency officially gets underway this coming week.
They’ve already gotten an early start as they traded for wide receiver Amari Cooper of the Dallas Cowboys this weekend. It’s a big move for the team as they are looking to upgrade their wide receiver room.
In other NFL news, the Seattle Seahawks traded away their franchise quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers agreed to come back to them on a new contract deal. Carson Wentz got traded to the Washington Commanders after only spending one season with the Indianapolis Colts.
Then the latest news of Deshaun Watson, the quarterback of the Houston Texans having the criminal charges against him dismissed, has now made the possibility of him being traded much more of the news story in the last 24 hours, and the Browns have been linked to that possibility as well.
So, while all of this makes for a lot of discussion amongst fans, there have been several players released from other teams that the Browns would certainly have to consider when trying to make their team better going forward. Let’s look at several of these players and discuss how they’d do if the Browns signed them.
Player No. 1 Cleveland Browns should target: Jordan Hicks LB, Arizona Cardinals
Jordan Hicks was released this past week to save the Arizona Cardinals $6.5 million in cap space. He’s 30 years old and has been in the league since 2015 after being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles out of Texas in the third round. He’s had a highly productive career with both the Cardinals and Eagles. In the last three seasons in Arizona, he’s combined for 384 tackles — so yes, he’s a tackling machine.
Cleveland may lose linebacker Anthony Walker in free agency so the team trying to lock up a player of Hicks abilities would be a solid move. Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu Koramoah had a great first year with the Browns after the team drafted him last year. Having a veteran player like Hicks join Owusu-Koramoah on the defense would be stellar. The Browns also wouldn’t have to break the bank to bring him to town.