4 former Browns free agents who could be brought back in the 2023 offseason

M.J. Stewart of the Houston Texans. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Larry Ogunjobi, Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images) /

3. Larry Ogunjobi, DT

If the pattern holds true, Larry Ogunjobi will actually sign with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason. A former third-round pick from Charlotte, Ogunjobi spent 2020 with the Browns, 2021 with the Cincinnati Bengals, and 2022 with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

That means he can make it four-for-four in the AFC North by signing in Baltimore. Or, perhaps the Browns can bring him back for another season.

Ogunjobi appeared to be a star in the making early in his career as he had 52 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 2018 playing the 3-tech. He was moved to the 1-tech in 2019 when Sheldon Richardson was signed and while his numbers were nearly identical (50 tackles and 5.5 sacks), his effectiveness was nowhere near the same.

He became a liability in the running game which is part of the reason he wasn’t retained. But once with the Bengals, he returned to his natural position and had a personal-best seven sacks. Then in 2022, he had 48 tackles but just 1.5 sacks for the Steelers — but was still a full-time starter.

For Cleveland, it would be an upgrade over Taven Bryan to add Ogunjobi back to the roster. They’ll still need a true nose tackle capable of stuffing the run, but Larry O would bring the heat as a pass rusher from the interior.