Player No. 4 Cleveland Browns should target: Terrance Mitchell, CB, Houston Texans
A very familiar name to the Cleveland Browns is Terrance Mitchell, the cornerback from the Houston Texans who was recently released after only playing for one season with them. Mitchell played three seasons in Cleveland where he recorded 124 tackles with two interceptions. The Browns will need to find a couple of cornerbacks that could step in for their cornerback starters Greg Newsome II and Denzel Ward.
Mitchell has been a consistent starter over the last three NFL seasons. He was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys before moving over to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016. In 2017, he started nine games for the Chiefs. He signed a three-year deal in 2018 with the Browns.
Bringing players back to Cleveland isn’t often very typical of the organization but in this case, the value and depth Mitchell could provide the defensive secondary would be a big benefit to the Browns.
Player No. 5 Cleveland Browns should target: Rodger Saffold, G, Tennessee Titans
Rodger Saffold, the Cleveland native, and former NFL Pro Bowler was recently released by the Titans to save over $10 million in cap space. He’s been in the league for 12 seasons and is 33 years old so those are two things that may stand out right away. He won’t likely play for too many more seasons however he could help out on a team like the Browns who are always looking to add depth due to the injuries that have seemed to plague this part of the team.
Safford graduated from Bedford High School, a school in the Cleveland region, and then went on to play at Indiana before he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round of the 2010 draft. It could be a bit of a homecoming and a final go-away couple of seasons if the Browns and Saffold were to have a mutual interest in a deal. He’s been a regular starter so depending on the Browns needs going into the regular season, he could become a starter in Cleveland or be a very dependable and experienced backup on the line.
You can never have too many linemen in this league and bringing a player of Saffold’s talents would be a tremendous get, despite his age. Again, it goes against some of Cleveland’s organizational habits in finding players but I think it would a cool touch that the Cleveland native could return home to play for his hometown team, if the Browns were game.