The Cleveland Browns stand on the precipice of something that could define the organization for years to come. With over 100 million in cap space available and a plethora of draft picks the front office and scouting department are working overtime to get this right.
The free agency period will guide the draft process. What are the biggest needs for this team? The ever-present quest to find a quarterback will continue in addition to wide receiver, safety and cornerback.
The hot topic for quarterback has been Kirk Cousins from the Washington Redskins. Cousins was franchise tagged last year and made 23.9 million. He is likely to land on the open market and could end up being the highest paid player in the NFL. Would John Dorsey want to put all this money into a quarterback when they hold the number one and number four draft picks? You have other quarterbacks who will be available such as Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford, AJ McCarron, Josh McCown and Geno Smith. The need for a veteran quarterback is real and one that will be addressed.
The catch that wasn’t in the last game of the season put a glaring spotlight on the need for another consistent receiver. Some of the available receivers in the free agency period are Jarvis Landry of the Miami Dolphins. Landry is 25-years-old and could be an asset to the Browns. Marquise Lee of Jacksonville and Terrelle Pryor may find themselves on the open market. Could Pryor return to the team who gave him a chance?
The position of safety has been weak in the last few years. The Browns need to add some depth to this position. Eric Reid from San Francisco made 2.1 million dollars in 2017, Tyvon Branch from Arizona tore his ACL in November which could affect his stock but he had 66 tackles this season. He is a consistent player who could add the needed depth.
The position of cornerback is in need of a spark. Fighting through a frequently injured Joe Haden and then his departure to the Steelers, the Browns need something special at this position. Patrick Robinson of the Philadelphia Eagles made $775,00 in 2017 and just earned a super bowl ring. However, he was on a one-year deal and may be a fit for the Browns. E.J Gaines of Buffalo garnered $581,918 in 2017 and could bring some excitement.
The road to free agency isn’t always clear but can open doors in the draft process that can truly turn this team around. This is no small task and one that John Dorsey and company are working on day and night. Stay tuned Browns fans!