Cleveland Browns: 5 analytics friendly free agents Browns should target

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Five free agents the Cleveland Browns should pursue that analytics was kind to during the 2019 season.

The Cleveland Browns must enter free agency aggressively, considering the holes on the roster Paul DePodesta and Andrew Berry have to patch.

The Browns still have talent, and finding the right free agents could go a long way in helping to make everyone forget about the debacle that was the 2019 season.

Cleveland heads into free agency armed with $50 million in cap space. Now, don’t expect them to spend it all. They never do. Plus, DePodesta founded “Moneyball.” He’s not going to spend just to spend.

That said, he was in his role as chief strategy officer when the Browns made Kevin Zeitler the highest paid guard in the NFL back in 2017, so Cleveland will spend for a player they covet.

NFL free agency is risky, because Browns’ fans have seen their team get burned plenty of times in the past. That said, the right additions, to go along with what’s hopefully a successful draft, will give Cleveland the weapons it needs to content in the AFC North.

That’s especially true if your operating under the premise that Baker Mayfield is a franchise quarterback. just like everyone else, I’m down on Mayfield, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see him trend upward with Kevin Stefanski in his life.

With free agency set to commence in March, here’s who five players, who come recommended by the analytically oriented site Pro Football Focus, that the Browns should pursue.