A Look Forward in NFL Free Agency: Cleveland Browns

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January 25, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Team Sanders center Alex Mack of the Cleveland Browns (55) runs onto the field during the 2014 Pro Bowl Ohana Day at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Line

Need Level: Medium-Low

Possible Targets: Zach Strief, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Davin Joseph, Donald Penn (If Released)

The Browns may or may not have needs on their offensive line. Many fans/analysts believe they do but the introduction of the Zone Blocking Scheme means a total change for the system. Does Mitchell Schwartz and Jason Pinkston suddenly elevate to starting level solid players in the scheme? Do the Browns have their sights on one of the top linemen in the NFL Draft? At this point in free agency the remaining players, outside Alex Mack, are a buffet of choose your adventure. Those listed above are considered the top ranked of those remaining and could fit for the Browns, especially at right tackle if the team wants to move Schwartz.


Need Level: Medium

Possible Targets: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Captain Munnerlyn, Terrell Brown, Walter Thurmond

The Browns have Joe Haden and pursued a trade for Darrelle Revis showing they have a need in the secondary, especially after not signing a big name free safety to cover the deep end. DRC, Munnerlyn, Brown and Thurmond all have their talents and warts. DRC could get big play from a team looking to compete for a Super Bowl sooner rather then later. Munnerlyn is a smaller corner but plays bigger then his height. Brown hasn’t shown what many expected out of him with the 49ers but could develop as a solid #2 guy.


Need Level: Low

Possible Targets: Arthur Moats

The Browns have been linked to Moats since Pettine came over. Signing Moats to go with Dansby would finalize the Browns starting front 7 and give Pettine a player who knows his system and is a young guy who could be an up and comer. Moats should not be expensive but is still available meaning he may be looking for a bigger contract then the Browns have offered. Expect a deal to get done soon.