3 Possible Cleveland Browns Free Agent Targets Per Position/Unit

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Dec 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Quarterback

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.

Running back

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.

Full Back

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.

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  • Josh Hart

    Verner, Maclin, and either Schwartz or Beadles would be fine with me. I’d also love to see Donald Butler (ILB) as a target.

    • Jared Mueller

      I would be a big fan of those 3/4 as well. A strong ILB, a CB, a WR and a OL would allow us to focus long term in the draft. Get our QB of the future, a young WR that doesn’t have to perform right away and whatever else is best for the long term future.

  • Gary

    I think the Browns would be foolish not to take Hyde if he is available.
    He would be the work horse they have lacked for years at running back.
    I don’t think we saw his true capabilities because he was always shadowed by Miller at Ohio State.
    Any team who gets Hyde will only improve their running game. I hope it’s the Browns.

  • Craig Barker

    I think the browns should invest in MLB and CB in free agency. I would like them to draft a solid guard in the second/third round like that kid from Stanford. Also if there is a solid young guard out there, go ahead and over spend a little if the guys worth it. Let shanny work his magic with a mid round RB. RB should be one of the last pieces to the puzzle anyways, however it is good to have a reliable one. Also s there any chance a greg hardy can play DE in a 3-4 D? His size is very similar to Watt (Tex) and Richardson (NYJ).