NFL: Cleveland Browns Offseason Suggestions
As we now head into the offseason, every team has their specific plans for the upcoming season. With the new NFL season around 5 weeks from opening, it’s time to dive into some teams. I give my best suggestions for what they should be trying to get done this offseason. In this article, I’ll be going over the team with the most assets for the 2018-2019 season, the Cleveland Browns.
With over 100 million in cap room and 6 picks in the 1st 65 selections of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns have draft twitter’s dream scenario. They can go out and sign, or at least offer, more money than anyone, to anyone, in the league. With that many picks in the 1st day and a half of the draft, they can pretty much shape the entire future of their team. They can simply obtain as much talent as any teams in the league.
With that said, let’s get to my Cleveland Browns Offseason Suggestions:
QB, Kirk Cousins – The Browns have long looked for a QB. Their turnstile of QBs needs to stop. Cousins will be the best QB to hit the free agent market, during his prime years, in probably the last 20-30 years. He will be the highest paid player in the league when this is done. The Browns can offer him 25-30 million per year with a number around 80+ million in guarantees.
OT, Nate Solder – There is literally 1 good offensive tackle set to be a free agent this offseason. Like Cousins, I expect Solder to be the highest paid at his position after he gets paid. Also like Cousins, the Browns have the most to offer him. With Joe Thomas seemingly entering his final year with their Browns, Solder represents the new Stallworth LT for them. Also, they would make for a pretty damn good set of bookend tackles for this year.
WR, Allen Robinson – This is a position that they can skip and use a draft pick on. However, I’ll get to that later. Robinson would provide a legitimate top threat next to their current stud, Josh Gordon. Despite Robinson coming off of season-ending ACL surgery, he is the top WR on the market. So he should still get a hefty payday. You can’t throw the bank at everyone. In fact, the Browns may decide to err on the side of caution with Robinson.
CB, Trumaine Johnson – This is another position that they can use a draft pick on, but I suggest getting a CB anyway. The Cleveland Browns could use for a double dose of CBs as their secondary was their weakest position on defense. To go with 2 CBs, they also need a safety, but they can easily take care of that in the next section.
Pick 1 – RB, Saquan Barkley – The Isaiah Crowell experiment appears to finally be dead. This is a pick that almost every current mock says QB. However, if they sign Cousins, as suggested earlier, they can take the best offensive player in the draft. Probably one of the top 3 safest picks in the draft. Barkley would immediately give them a dynamic playmaker in the likes of what Dallas did with Ezekiel Elliott and Jacksonville did with Leonard Fournette. The return of RBs has arrived in the NFL.
Pick 4 – S, Minkah Fitzpatrick – As I said Barkley was 1 of the 3 safest picks in the draft, so is Fitzpatrick. He allows the Browns to do so many things. Last year’s pick, Jabril Peppers could move to SS, which he is a better fit at. Fitzpatrick is an interchangeable Safety that is good against the run and pass. He can plan as a slot CB, a center fielder, or a blitzer. He is the entire package. These 2 picks in the 1st 4 picks of the NFL draft make the Browns a legitimate team for the 1st time in ages.
Pick 33 – WR, Christian Kirk – The Texas A&M WR makes for a perfect slot WR. If the Cleveland Browns do sign Allen Robinson, then this pick likely never happens, but it further shows how much assets the Browns have this offseason. They can spend money and get a proven top WR or they can save some money and get a WR with what is essentially a 1st round pick.
Pick 35 – CB, Jaire Alexander – I said earlier that Cleveland can really use 2 CBS. Alexander fits the mold as their slot CB. I have him ranked as my 4th best CB and he would immediately come in and be the Browns 2nd best CB if they don’t address the position in free agency. This year is not as strong as last year’s class of CBs, but Alexander is 1 of the 5 that I believe truly belongs.
Pick 63 – OT – With all the immediate needs already selected. With this and the next pick, the Browns should be aiming for depth and possible starters in year 2. As I mentioned earlier, with Joe Thomas likely playing his last year, and current RT being the only hole on the line, taking an OL in the 1st 6 picks makes perfect sense. The player taken here should be their RT of the future.
Pick 65 – DE – You can never have too many pass rushers. Browns selected Myles Garrett last year and I think he’ll be great, but on the other side leaves a little question mark. Emmanual Ogbah and Carl Nassib have either been hurt or disappointed for their 1st 2 years in the league. Another player to push them would be an ideal scenario. Having an extra OL and pass rusher is always a great thing to have. It creates competition, depth, and the best lines always win the game.
After all of this is done, they still can select the best player available, no matter the position, with the 1st pick in the 4th round, always a coveted pick, and they can select depth a LB with another 4th round pick just around 20 picks later.
All in all, the Browns did not win a game this season. They were once again the laughing-stock of the league. However, anyone that says the Browns do not have talent, isn’t paying attention. The Browns had a great draft last year and just need time.
All you have to do is look at the jump that the Rams and Jaguars over the past year to realize all it takes is a year or 2 of experience. With my plans above, the only thing that can hold the Cleveland Browns back from being a respectable team immediately is coaching, but hey, that’s a whole other article upon itself.