Cleveland Browns: 5 analytics friendly free agents Browns should target

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2. Anthony Harris, CB, Vikings

With the Browns looking like they’ll part ways with free agent Damarious Randall, free safety is about to become a major need for new head coach Kevin Stefanski.

A familiar face, Anthony Harris, may be the remedy.

PFF projects it will take a four-year, $56.4 million pact ($31 million guaranteed) to get a deal done, but if Cleveland were able to secure the Vikings, they’ll have the top graded safety from the 2019 season in the mix.

He’s not a flash in the pan, either, ranking as PFF’s third graded safety in 2018.

Most importantly, he’s a playmaker. Harris has nine interceptions and seven pass breakups covering the past two seasons. And you know that tackling problem the Browns had last season? Harris missed just four of his 100 attempts.

Plus, Harris offers versatility with his ability to play in the box, or over the slot.

What Cleveland really needs is Harris to maintain his production because the Browns went from a turnover machine under Gregg Williams in 2018 to a  unit that everyone not named Myles Garrett looked expendable.