- Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) tries to leap over the tackle of Denver Broncos outside linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) during the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL no longer has a real off-season. Instead of time off it is just time between. Time between the Super Bowl and the regular season is filled with training camps, OTAs, the draft and free agency. This morning we take a look at a 6 pack of NFL free agents that would turn the Cleveland Browns around, along with the draft we will be presenting around noon. The Browns have a lot of money and can spend it in a variety of ways, including retaining their own free agents and extending players currently on their team. We will not be guessing at the cost of these free agents but believe there is a way that the Browns can acquire them all this off-season. First let us take a look at the needs the Browns have going into the off-season:
QB - Brian Hoyer is still an unknown entity that many think could run the team for a time. A long term Franchise QB is probably needed as well as another backup. Ideally Hoyer would start allowing the younger guy to develop slowly.
RB - The Browns do not have one that could start for a winning team.
WR - The Browns have one of the best, and the youngest, WR in Josh Gordon, after that not much. Two WRs would be optimal this off-season.
Offensive Line - Depending on how the team sees Mitchell Schwartz‘s fit in the Zone Blocking Scheme decides where the greater need is. If he can hold is own at RT then a guard would be a high priority, if not a RT would shoot up the list.
Linebacker - A couple of inside backers should be added this off-season to fill the gaping hole. Paul Kruger could be moved over allowing he, Jabaal Sheard and Barkevious Mingo to be on the field at the same time.
Safety - TJ Ward is a free agent and may not fit what Mike Pettine wants to do, enter rumors of Jarius Byrd reuniting with his old head coach. Pettine’s defense does well with 2 ball hawking safeties instead of a more typical Strong Safety.
Now on to our 6 pack of free agents to fill some of these needs: