A Look Forward in NFL Free Agency: Cleveland Browns

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Dec 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44) runs the ball and is tackled by Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman (50) during the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Running Back

Need Level: Medium-High

Possible Targets: Ben Tate, Knowshon Moreno, James Starks

The Browns have very little in terms of running backs. Dion Lewis is expected back as a 3rd down back, Edwin Baker was interesting for a stretch and Fozzy Whitaker was a fun name. While Shanahan’s offenses often unearth unknown running backs having a bell cow of a back would be helpful to give the offense some identity. It is possible the Browns to look to draft a RB, especially with their devaluation pushing down the boards. The Browns could take the first running back taken high in the 3rd round. Its also possible that the Browns sign a player AND draft one. Filling holes in free agency allows the Browns to do what all good teams do: draft the Best Player Available.

Tate has been connected to the Browns through 3 straight regimes. He still is an option and may be visiting the team soon, even today. Tate may have had high expectations of his contract but that balloon should be popped by now. Instead Tate should look to get as much money as possible, and playing time. The Browns can provide both. Moreno’s breakout year came with Peyton Manning, not a great sign. Starks is a interesting player coming out of Green Bay where he could never grab hold of the starting role but showed flashes. Expect a signing here in by the weekend.