1. Josh Bynes, MLB
If the Browns could lure Josh Bynes away from the Baltimore Ravens, Andrew Berry would begin his tenure as Cleveland’s top personnel man with a bang.
Bynes, a nine-year veteran, is graded favorably by Pro Football Focus. The analytically oriented website listed Bynes, a MIKE linebacker, as its sixth best linebacker a season ago. In 2018, he was 14th.
PFF regards Bynes to be superb against the run, while no slouch in coverage, either.
Bynes is 30, and while the Browns do their best to show an allergy to players over 30, there may be no choice but to pursue the linebacker.
With Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey no longer on the roster, Cleveland must do something at the linebacking position, and Bynes would be a short-term answer. OvertheCap.com projects the veteran to sign a one-year deal worth about $1 million for the 2020 campaign. With $65 million cap space (following the release of Kirksey), the Browns could easily afford Bynes.
Bynes spent his first three seasons with Baltimore, before spending two years with Detroit. From there, he played two seasons with the Cardinals before landing back in Baltimore for 2019.