The Cleveland Browns have money to spend this off-season, and many fans are hoping they will do just that. This morning we looked at the Top 25 free agents per NFL.com and a few that might interest the Browns. This afternoon we take a bigger picture look at each unit and 3 possible targets of the Browns. Obviously they can’t and won’t sign one from each area but it is interesting to note the type of players the Browns might be interested in after the off-season coaching changes.
Priority: High - The Browns currently have Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell under contract. 1 or 2 of them is bound to be cut at some time.
Targets: Mike Vick (We covered why interest is possible), Rex Grossman, David Garrard
Thoughts: Talk about a terrible platter of options in the free agent market. No thanks. Moving on.
Priority: Medium-High - The Browns have Chris Ogbonnaya, Dion Lewis, Edwin Baker and Fozzy Whitaker on their depth chart. One of them is not going to be on the team next year, at least.
Targets: Ben Tate, Darren McFadden, Donald Brown
Thoughts: The Browns need to add to their rushing attack but in the Zone Blocking Scheme they are most likely going to use running back isn’t given a lot of resources either in free agency or the draft. Tate has been linked to the Browns and understands the scheme. McFadden needs to stay healthy but could bring a charge to the offense if he gets out of Oakland, where he is there only weapon. Brown would be interesting as he is most likely being replaced by ex-Brown Trent Richardson.
Priority: Low - No one really gives high priority to the full back position but the Browns seem especially low on it. Currently Ogbonnaya and hybrid tight end MarQueis Gray fulfill the duties. Gray could be a sleeper at this spot.
Targets: Michael Robinson, Greg Jones, Lex Hilliard
Thoughts: Most likely the Browns won’t spend resources on this position. For different reasons all 3 of these players could fill the role nicely but most likely we are looking at Gray, a late round draft pick or a street free agent.