After the Cleveland Browns traded for Deshaun Watson their other moves got overshadowed a bit, let’s take a look at a few of those moves.
The Cleveland Browns trade for Deshaun Watson has dominated the news headlines out of Cleveland, understandably so but there are several other moves that are important. Watson is easily the biggest move the Browns have made but far from the only important one that will shape how their 2022 season plays out.
Let’s look at three of the other moves that the Browns have made that need to get more attention than they are currently getting.
Cleveland Browns’ offseason moves being overshadowed number 3- Chase Winovich, EDGE/OLB
The Browns’ depth at edge rusher was tested last year and with Jadeveon Clowney not re-signed they had next to none on the roster. Acquiring Chase Winovich helps to fill that void and can take the role held by Takk McKinley last year. Winovich wasn’t brought in to be a starter but he provides a ton of experience and solid depth that was badly needed.
In 2020, Winovich’s most productive season, he provided 37 quarterback pressures as well as 5.5 sacks for the Patriots. For comparison, Pro Football reference has Clowney as having 32 quarterback pressures for the Browns in 2021, so while he isn’t the complete player Clowney is he pressures the quarterback at a similar rate.
Making a move like this isn’t super flashy and doesn’t grab the headlines but it is a really important one for the overall quality of the roster. Having depth players that can step in for injuries and provide a break to the starters is exactly what is needed to win a Super Bowl.