3 low-key free agents Browns must bring back in 2023

Browns, Chase Winovich, Sione Takitaki. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)
Browns, Chase Winovich, Sione Takitaki. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images) /
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Browns, Chase Winovich. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

2. Chase Winovich, EDGE

When Cleveland traded Mack Wilson to the New England Patriots in exchange for Chase Winovich, it felt like a win for all parties involved. New England got some needed depth at linebacker while Wilson was able to get a fresh start with a team known for their defensive prowess.

Winovich, on the other hand, gave the Browns a talented edge rusher — and he was able to move back to the line of scrimmage. The former Michigan Wolverine had success getting after the quarterback early in his career, recording 11 sacks in his first two seasons in the league.

Unfortunately, he spent much of the 2022 campaign sidelined with injuries. Winovich was able to suit up for just eight games and had two starts. He finished with 20 tackles and just one sack but did provide six quarterback pressures.

Looking ahead to the 2023 season, Cleveland is lacking depth at defensive end once again. Myles Garrett will continue to be a dominant force but with Jadeveon Clowney on the way out, they’ll be asking a lot of second-year players Alex Wright and Isaiah Thomas.

This is why re-signing Winovich would be important. His retention would mean they have someone they feel they could start if needed, which keeps them from reaching in the draft. Having said that, he’s also not the type of player that prevents you from adding a new starter should one fall into the second round.