The Cleveland Browns will reportedly look at New England Patriots free agent Joe Thuney in free agency, according to Mary Kay Cabot.
The Cleveland Browns plan to heavily invest in their offensive line this offseason. With the team expected to take a franchise tackle with the 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft, the front office will have to figure out some other ways to bring talent into Berea.
The team is willing to look at trades and free agency as an avenue to bring in talent, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, and the Browns aren’t only searching out tackles.
Thuney is exactly the type of product you’d expect the Patriots to churn out. He was taken 78th overall, and went on to become a starter, a spot he’s held for four seasons.
Considering Cabot’s relegation, the Browns may be looking at three new offensive lineman at the start of the 2020 season, as Joel Bitonio and J.C. Tretter are the only players that have a job set in stone. Chris Hubbard is under contract, and is the starting right tackle, for now. Wyatt Teller seemed to fortify right guard toward the end of the season after 2 1/2 months of trying to find an answer for the spot.
Cabot said the Browns will also look at Jack Conklin, but at 26, the veteran could be one one the highest priced free agents to secure. However, signing Conklin may help the rookie Cleveland takes in the draft, if Andrew Berry decides to go with tackle.
The first-year player could slide over to right tackle, while Conklin holds down Baker’s blindside.
Look for the Browns to do be active once free agency commences, as it’s been reported the team will use money saved by declining to re-sign Joe Schobert to re-vamp the offensive line.