The Cleveland Browns will likely address the wide receiver room in the offseason, but they should stay away from a potential cut.
Keenan Allen is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, but he’s not a guy that the Browns should target should he be cut.
Now, there are two things that should be major red flags for Andrew Berry and the Browns front office when it comes down to deciding on whether or not to sign Allen should he be cut. Number one; is Allen’s age. He will turn 31 in April. Number two; his injury-plagued 2022 season.
Allen was on the sidelines for seven games this season due mostly to a hamstring injury. A player of his age and with a hamstring injury potentially lingering, should steer the Browns clear of signing him. Also, add in the fact that Allen has spent all of his career in San Diego/Los Angeles, so coming to cold and frigid Cleveland would likely do him and his hamstring no favors.
Even for missing seven games, Allen finished with 66 catches for 752 yards and four touchdowns. This marked the first time in the last six seasons that he wasn’t voted to the Pro Bowl. He has been dynamic for the Chargers and will surely be missed by rising superstar quarterback, Justin Herbert.
Cordarrelle Patterson of the Falcons suggested that his team sign Allen. They will be one of many franchises vying to land him, but again, the Browns should not be one of them.
Cleveland is definitely in need of making some changes to the wide receiver room as only Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones are viable options and that won’t cut it with Deshaun Watson under center. The duo were the only wide receivers on the roster to catch touchdown passes in 2022.
What the Browns need is a speedy guy who can keep the defenses on their toes and be a viable deep threat. There aren’t a ton of flashy options in this year’s free agency class, but there are some gems out there that would work well within the offense.
Should the Browns add another tight end? Absolutely they should, and likely will.
Everett is a tight end that Berry should take a look at him should he be a cap casualty like Allen. Everett would pair well alongside David Njoku, who has shown signs of blossoming into a lethal tight end, but hasn’t quite put it all together consistently yet. Everett is a proven pass catcher and holds it down in the blocking portion of his game.
The Browns should be quite busy come March when free agency opens up, but should steer clear of signing Keenan Allen.