Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws while being pressured by San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Donald Butler (56) during fourth quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Two Cleveland Browns Free Agent Targets Off the Market


Later today we will cover SI’s Top 1 – 50 NFL Free Agents and possible fits for those players, specifically if the Cleveland Browns are seen as a fit. Unfortunately two players that seemed to fit needs for the Browns are already off the market before the team got a chance at them.

Jeremy Maclin

The Philadelphia Eagles announced Friday they have agreed to terms with wide receiverJeremy Maclin on a one-year contract.

“Jeremy is an ideal player for our scheme with his combination of size, speed, strength and route-running ability, in addition to his dynamic playmaking talent,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. “We’re happy to see him rehabbing well and to get him under contract for the 2014 season.”

Maclin, who is coming back from his torn ACL could of been a perfect fit opposite Josh Gordon. His route running, size and speed are top notch. He signed a one year deal with the Eagles as a make good prospect. Reports are the deal if for around $5 million.  The free agent market and draft both are deep at the receiver position so this signing isn’t a huge problem.

Donald Butler

Middle linebacker Donald Butler, considered by many to be the San Diego Chargers’ top offseason priority, has agreed to a multiyear contract, the team confirmed Friday.

At 25, Butler is one of San Diego’s core players on defense. However, he has had trouble staying healthy, missing 24 of a possible 64 games in his four-year career. He missed three games last season with a groin issue yet was second on the team in tackles with 84.

For the Browns the ILB position is a huge need. The Browns had a need before they cut D’Qwell Jackson and now has a bigger need. Butler was seen as the top free agent at this position and was especially attractive at the young age of 25. There are very few free agents that seem to fill the need for Mike Pettine’s defense. Its possible the Browns load up on the position in the draft or have a creative plan for that spot.

Any concerns over these signings or too early in the process to have concerns? Do you think the team has a plan for their ILB position? Who do you want for those spots?

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  • Letterman007

    Your guess is as good as mine? It looks like the draft will have to fill another hole, as if there weren’t enough already! I would like to see at least one good veteran in the position as I wouldn’t want to see two rookies starting in the middle!!

  • Gary

    Browns shouldn’t have cut Jackson.
    He was willing to restructure. Stupid move on the browns part.