This offseason and draft will be one of the most important in the history of the Cleveland Browns since their return in 1999. Many focus on the draft and the playmakers that we will acquire sparkling with hope for the future. However, one of the most important areas to focus on will be that of the veteran playmakers that the Browns so desperately need.
It is no secret that the Browns completed an unprecedented and sweeping cleaning of house in relation to the veterans that were on our roster. Losing players such as Mitchell Schwartz, Joe Hayden, Alex Mack and Josh McCown just to name a few not only left a void on the field but in the locker room as well. The most important position in sports is one we should be looking at closely.
The need for a quarterback has haunted the Browns since their return. Taking swipes in the draft from Tim Couch, Brady Quinn, Johnny Manziel just to list a few have not been successful. The need for a veteran presence in that position is a necessity. In this offseason, a few veterans have real possibilities of coming to the Browns. John Dorsey has not been shy about saying he will go after players. Players who are capable and know how to win.
Enter Kirk Cousins. Cousins said, “he would seriously consider playing for The Cleveland Browns.” Via Albert Breer, Bleacher Report. The consideration here would be at what cost. Cousins could demand the highest salary in football. The Browns have the cap space but do they want Cousins long term or do they want to develop Kizer as well as the quarterback from this year’s draft?
We also have Alex Smith who many feel fits a veteran, who will teach as well as lead in the locker room. Smith has strong ties to Dorsey form Kansas City and would be a candidate if he is on the trade block for the Chiefs. All possibilities are intriguing and leave Browns fans wondering who it will be? This acquisition will be the most important piece to the offseason puzzle. Dorsey has assembled a strong football based front office. Waiting to see which puzzle piece is placed down first.