With the Cleveland Browns in ‘win now’ mode, Andrew Berry may feel the pressure to sign more free agents than in the past.
With the hire of Jim Schwartz as the Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator, the organization is now patiently waiting for free agency to being in March. The draft will also be important but remember the Browns will be without a first or third-round pick because of the Deshaun Watson trade.
While there were some flashes of greatness in the last six games of the season, there are still a ton of question marks on if he is still an elite quarterback after missing a year and a half with off-field troubles. There’s no doubt about it, Andrew Berry is all in on Watson and he is going to do everything possible to help him this offseason.
While a majority of the money will likely be spent on the defense, Berry is going to try and improve this offense as well which struggled at times. Here are three big names that should be on his radar.
Cleveland Browns Offensive Free Agent Target No. 3: Hayden Hurst, TE
The Cleveland Browns paid big money to David Njoku last season, but I’m not sold that the organization is confident in his backup, Harrison Bryant. He showed flashes of great as a rookie but really hasn’t done a whole lot since. He’s an undersized blocker and has far too many drops.
Hayden Hurst is a mean tight end who isn’t afraid to block and has solid hands as well. The Cincinnati Bengals will likely be incentivized to keep him, but I’m not sure that is in the cards with so much money due to stars in the next two years.
The market for Hurst could get aggressive which would likely take the Browns out, but I think he is the perfect run-blocking tight end that this roster is missing. The one wildcard, will the offense look completely different next year with Watson? I still see Kevin Stefanski using two tight ends a substantial amount of the time.