Browns New Year’s Resolution No. 3: Extend Donovan Peoples-Jones
With New Year’s Resolutions, it’s easy to focus on the bad and look for improvement. That makes sense considering we all want to be better as we grow. However, it’s also important to acknowledge the good as well. And for the Browns, that includes the greatest draft steal general manager Andrew Berry has on his resume to date.
In 2020, Berry added Michigan wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. DPJ was decent with the Wolverines but never really put it all together. In three seasons, he had 103 receptions for 1,327 yards with 14 touchdowns. He also had to deal with some rough quarterback play so the idea was that he could reach his full potential with professional coaching.
As a rookie, he showed flashes of his potential as he hauled in 14 receptions for 304 yards and two touchdowns. He even had a game-winner against the Cincinnati Bengals — his first career NFL touchdown.
He grew in year two with 597 yards and three touchdowns but has shattered his previous output this season with 58 receptions for 784 yards.
With him emerging as a legit No. 2 wide receiver across from Amari Cooper, it would be wise for Cleveland to get him signed beyond 2023, which happens to be the final year of his rookie contract. We already know he fits this offense and is still an ascending player, so it would be best to lock him up before the price tag increases even more.