WR Chris Hogan
Besides Prince Amukamara, the only obvious name who could come in and play consistently is Chris Hogan. The former New England and Carolina wideout is a former SuperBowl winner and has played primarily in the slot for his career. He’s a clutch guy, putting up over 300 yards in the Patriots 2016 postseason that saw them win the SuperBowl. He was instrumental in the comeback against the Falcons.
Hogan’s a bit older, he’ll be 33 during the season, but as far as a slot guy goes, the Browns don’t have anyone yet they’re sold on. Should the Rashard Higgins deal come together, it’ll be for the league minimum, which tells you all you need to know about how the front office sees him.
If not Higgins, then who? Damion Ratley? JoJo Natson? The team isn’t deep on receiver, and Hogan provides the perfect guy to bring in and play slot for the team. He won’t be around forever, maybe a year, two tops. You don’t have to worry about how this will affect Donovan Peoples-Jones, as Peoples-Jones isn’t going to see a lot of time his first year or two as a wide receiver.
Hopefully. He’s mostly a return guy at this point.
So Hogan fits a need, comes in with an affordable contract, and offers up a bit of clutch catching credentials for the team should they make the playoffs.