Many believe that the wide receiver position will be a focus for the Cleveland Browns this offseason. The best options may be in the draft or via trade, but here we take a look at 5 free agent receivers the team could target.
The Cleveland Browns will look to take their offense to the next level in their first full season with their $230 million man, Deshaun Watson, starting at quarterback. While the team has quite a few solid weapons at the disposal of Watson and head coach/play-caller, Kevin Stefanski, general manager Andrew Berry, and the front office will certainly look to add another impactful piece or two to elevate the 2023 offensive attack.
The current Browns wide receiver room is actually quite full. However, there are a few question marks. There's no question at the top, with Amari Cooper leading the way, and last year's breakout contributor Donovan Peoples-Jones following suit with a definite role. After that? Who knows.
2022 third-round pick David Bell played sparingly as a rookie, with sixth-rounder Michael Woods splitting a lot of his playing time. Both 2021 picks, speedster Anthony Schwartz and gadget player Demetric Felton seem to be on the outside looking in, while veteran return man and deep-threat Jakeem Grant should return healthy this season and is still under contract.
It is hard to say what the final 2023 Browns receiver room will look like on opening day. The team may like what they have and may not make any drastic changes. If they do, it seems more likely that they will address the position in the 2023 NFL Draft or via trade.
Here, we take a look at five free agent wide receivers that Cleveland could target this offseason.
5. Jakobi Meyers
One player in this free agent class that won't have a flashy highlight reel but just always seems to find a way to get the job done is Jakobi Meyers, who has been with the New England Patriots. Most noted for racking up the most receiving yards before scoring an NFL touchdown, Meyers averaged 5.5 catches on nearly eight targets per game over the last three seasons in New England, proving that he can handle being a high-volume NFL receiver.
Just 26 years old, Meyers may not even be in his prime, and with his play style he could play for years and years. He scored six touchdowns in 2022, so he seems to really be developing into a well-rounded wide receiver. He may not be the deep-threat, playmaker that most Browns fans are looking for, but you can definitely find worse options than a young and improving, reliable target for your big-money quarterback