Browns: 4 free agent wide receivers still available after Jakeem Grant injury
By John Suchan
The Cleveland Browns lost kick return specialist and wide receiver Jakeem Grant to an injury at training camp. Here are four free agent wide receivers to consider as replacements
During the Cleveland Browns practice on Tuesday, wideout and return man Jakeem Grant suffered an Achilles injury and is likely done for the year. Cleveland has been searching for an upgrade in the return game and thought Grant was going to be the guy.
Now, they’ll have to go back to the drawing board. They do have several players currently on the roster that could share the responsibilities in the return game including D’Ernest Johnson and Demetric Felton. They could also have Anthony Schwartz take back kicks as well. All of these players got their chance a season ago but none of them separated themselves.
Grant was getting some time as a wide receiver as well. The Browns have several young, but inexperienced wide receivers still vying for roster spots including Mike Harley Jr., Travell Harris, and Javon Wims. They also drafted David Bell and Mike Woods, so they do have choices.
But they may look at the free agent market where there are dozens of additional and more experienced wide receivers available. Let’s look at several players that might be able to come in and help the Browns out immediately.
4 free agent wide receivers Browns can target
Wide Receiver No.4: Dede Westbrook
Dede Westbrook would be an interesting pick-up by the Browns at this point. He was a pretty good receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars who drafted him in the fourth round back in 2017 out of Oklahoma. Cleveland seems to like former Sooner players as they just drafted three of them including defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey.
While Westbrook was playing with the Jags he had three respectable seasons. He tallied 160 pass catches for 1,720 yards and nine touchdowns.
He did miss the entire 2020 season due to a serious knee injury but is trying to make a comeback. He played with the Minnesota Vikings a year ago but didn’t get much time on the field.
He’s 28 years old and would be a nice get at a reasonable cost.