Cleveland Browns: 5 analytics friendly free agents Browns should target

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1. Anthony Castonzo, LT, Colts

Anthony Castonzo has been stellar for the Indianapolis Colts, and now at 32, he’ll be a coveted free agent despite his age. He hits the market as PFF’s 17th ranked free agent.

Castonzo enters free agency as Pro Football Focus’ top rated offensive tackle. For the Browns, the veteran could slide onto the left slide of the line next to Joel Bitonio, while giving Joel Bitonio time to make his reads.

PFF noted how Castonzo has been one of the best pass blockers in the NFL–he graded out eighth in the department a season ago. As for blocking, Castonzo isn’t as effective, but he’s still solid.

Castonzo graded out with a mark of  70.3 a season ago, about eight-points higher than Greg Robinson. Even with Robinson in the fold, Nick Chubb was on the brink of winning the NFL’s rushing title.

When it comes to signing free agents, there isn’t much to gauge Andrew Berry’s body of work, however, he was on the staff when the Browns threw a ton of money at right guard Kevin Zeitler back in 2017. When he signed with Cleveland, Zeitler became the highest paid guard in the league.

Tackle needs to be on the Browns’ free agent radar because they can’t expect to find two starters in the upcoming draft.

PFF projected Castonzo to sign a three-year, $39 million pact ($17 million guaranteed). It might be money well spent while the rookie the Browns presumably take at No. 10 cuts his teeth on the right side.