Reason Cleveland Browns have been Sidelined No. 1 – Waiting out the market
Yes, the draft and the Mayfield situation are a big reason the Cleveland Browns have not been as active the last few weeks in free agency, but the biggest reason is Berry waiting out the high prices. At this point, every day that goes by is less money a big-name guy is going to receive.
Maybe I am wrong, but the market for Clowney and Fuller is undoubtedly there, but I don’t think it is nearly as hot as they and their agents expected which is why they continue to hold on. Don’t get me wrong, more guys will be signed in the next few weeks, but you will likely see a lull until after the draft.
Right now, it is being reported that Clowney has turned down a two-year, $24 million deal and that Fuller will likely demand at least $8 million for a one-year deal. The closer we get to the season and the less demand for them, the more likely the Browns are to get them at a bargain.
Now, Clowney will still be expensive, but I think you get him at the $12 million per year range vs. the $15 plus that he would like to be receiving. With Fuller, I believe you have a chance of getting him closer to $5 million per year (on a one-year deal) just because of his relationship with Watson and his injury history.
The Browns don’t have to go to the discount bin just yet, but by waiting a few more weeks, Berry could likely strike quickly and get several more players at an excellent value.