Browns FA Target No. 1 – Marcus Davenport, Defensive End
Another position where fans will want a huge name is defensive end. With the Cleveland Browns and Clowney looking to part ways, pairing a huge talent with Myles Garrett is a benefit for all. Unfortunately, I don’t see where the cap space will allow them to sign a guy making $12-15 million per season, especially because Alex Wright played pretty well as a rookie.
Once again, Berry will love a guy like Marcus Davenport who has had some decent production, is a former first-round pick, and didn’t live up to expectations. Davenport struggled with injuries in New Orleans and has yet to play a full season in any of his five years.
Inconsistency is another huge question mark with Davenport. In 2019 he had six sacks, followed by one and a half in 2022 and then nine in 2021. 2022 was the nail in the coffin for Davenport as he recorded just half a sack and only 16 tackles in 15 games of action for the Saint.
Davenport is an extremely low risk on a one-year deal but has the opportunity to blossom into that nine-sack guy as he did in 2021. The only thing better than being paired with Cam Jordan may be Garrett. My only concern with this singing is if the production doesn’t pick up. Then this defense is once again left with a huge hole at a very important position.
As you can see, this offseason won’t likely be filled with $10 plus million per year guys, but instead will be focused on value players who still can provide a ton of production.