2. Damarious Randall
Damarious Randall played his way into the hearts and minds of the Dawg Pound during the 2018 campaign, when the free safety stood out not just as a playmaker, but someone who carried himself with some swagger.
It looked obvious, even as far back as last summer, that Randall was setting himself up for a big day in free agency, however, a hum-drum 2019 season sank his stock, and the vetean remains unsigned.
The Browns and Randall were reportedly talking about an extension last summer, but no numbers from those conversations have become public. Factor in John Dorsey got canned, I mean, mutually parted ways with the franchise, and Randall’s departure has been a foregone conclusion for months.
As the Browns, well, they still need to fill the void created by Randall’s departure. Andrew Berry added some depth in free agency in the form of Andrew Sendejo and Karl Joseph, but neither player should be viewed as a starting caliber free safety.
Recently, it’s been reported the Raiders, Seahawks and Redskins are teams that expressed interest in Randall that he’d consider playing for. So, there’s interest in the defensive back, but it’s a wonder as to what the price will be.
Plus, it will be interesting to see if a deal gets done before the draft. Teams who want a player usually go get them within the first few days of free agency. With the draft just weeks away, it would make sense to see how things play out, because a position of need may not be so needy after the draft.
Like many defenders on the Browns, Randall thrived playing for Gregg Williams, and it just seems the defensive unit lost the edge it had playing for Williams when he was fired and replaced with Steve Wilks.
While Randall almost certainly won’t get the payout his camp might’ve though possible last summer, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him bounceback elsewhere.