12 players that Jim Schwartz has coached in the past the Browns could pursue

Oct 27, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz looks on
Oct 27, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz looks on / Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Javon Hargrave, Browns
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2. Javon Hargrave, Defensive Tackle

This option would certainly appease many more Cleveland fans, but it would undoubtedly be one of the highest-priced options on this entire list. Javon Hargrave has had a very solid seven-year career, starting with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016, but really seems to be coming into his prime as he potentially wraps up his time with the Philadelphia Eagles and heads to free agency.

Obviously, the Eagles could very well prioritize retaining "The Grave Digger", as he had a career year in 2022 with 11 sacks and 10 tackles for loss, both career highs. His size and versatility would allow him to play all three downs and be a force against both the run and pass, in a Jim Schwartz defense that he already has some familiarity with from when their paths crossed for a season in Philly in 2020.

Hargrave's market value is upwards of $20 million per year, according to Spotrac, striking while the iron is hot after his breakout season. Hargrave is now 30 years old, and the Browns won't have a ton of cap space to work with, but if the price is at least manageable, Hargrave could end up being the biggest addition of the offseason for Cleveland

3. Fletcher Cox, Defensive Tackle

You may begin to notice a trend here, as we detail another defensive lineman that worked with Schwartz in Philly. Fletcher Cox may be the happy medium between the two defensive tackles I have already mentioned with presumably a little more left in the tank than Suh, but at likely a much cheaper price than Hargrave.

Cox has been one of the most steady and reliable players and leaders for the Eagles over the last decade. Cox has racked up four All-Pro's and six Pro Bowls in his 11 seasons with the team to this point. The 32-year old has never left Philadelphia, but this many be the point in his career that the team decides to move on and actually let him hit free agency.

One of the most powerful players at the position, Cox can still dominate the line of scrimmage. He may be getting a little bit older but his strength and technique aren't going away anytime some, making him a nightmare for opposing offensive linemen. He has also only missed about five games in 11 seasons. Cox is a leader on the field and in the locker room, and would be a great get by Schwartz and general manager Andrew Berry (who also has Eagles ties) if Philly lets him walk this offseason.

4. Brandon Graham, Defensive End

Pretty much everything that I just said about Fletcher Cox applies to Brandon Graham as well. He has been a leader on and off the field as a staple for the Eagles organization since he was drafted out of Michigan in 2010. Graham never lit up the stat sheet like some other notable defensive ends in his era, but he was very underrated and always found a way to affect the play, particularly when it mattered most.

Older than Cox, as Graham will be 35 when the season starts, some may question whether he still has what it takes to help a football team win at this point. I would say that his career-high 11 sacks in 2022 after coming back from an Achilles tear proves that he can.

Graham is exactly the type of player that the Browns need opposite of Myles Garrett. A savvy veteran that knows how to play the run and can get after the quarterback in a one-on-one situation. His veteran leadership would be much welcomed, too, and would thrive under Schwartz once again in Cleveland.