Player No. 2 Cleveland Browns should target: DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Denver Broncos
He’s not your household name in the NFL, but DaeSean Hamilton, who was recently released by the Denver Broncos could have a resurgence with a team like the Browns. He suffered an ACL injury last year before the season starting so missed all of 2021, but previously, the former Penn State player, who was drafted in 2018 had some decent seasons. He’s totaled 81 catches and 833 years plus five touchdowns in the three years with the Broncos.
With the trade for Armani Cooper from the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland can focus on finding receivers that could be more of a supporting cast. They’ll likely still try to draft a couple of new wide receivers in the draft coming up in April but adding a player like Hamilton wouldn’t cost the team much at all. He was due $2 million if he had played out his Broncos contract.
Player No. 3 Cleveland Browns should target: Trey Flowers, DE, Detroit Lions
Trey Flowers, the veteran defensive end was released this past week to save the Lions over $10 million in cap space while they take a hit in dead cap money of over $12.8 million.
Flowers started his career in New England with the Patriots. He signed a huge deal worth $90 million to move over to the Lions in 2019. He had been a regular starter with the Patriots and then the Lions, but has been sidelined off and on over the last two seasons because of injuries.
He’s still only 28 years old and has several more productive years ahead. With the possibility that the Browns lose out on keeping their own defensive end Jadeveon Clowney in town because he’s a free agent as well and looking for a big contract, bringing a player like Flowers would be a good replacement.
Between 2016 and 2019 he registered 28 sacks and 215 tackles. He also forced seven fumbles and had 80 quarterback hits. Clowney had a great season pairing up with Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett and I’d suspect Flowers would too.