5 remaining free agents Cleveland Browns should rush to sign in 2020

Cleveland Browns Nigel Bradham (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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1. Nigel Bradham a fit for Cleveland Browns at LB

Nigel Bradham is viewed as a declining player, but he’d be a major add for the Browns, especially in the locker room.

Someone’s going to give him a shot in Training Camp, so why not the Browns? Signing him wouldn’t dramatically alter the salary cap and the Browns could use the veteran presence in the linebacker room.

Recent depth charts have the Browns deploying a scheme that Browns’ fans saw a lot last season, with two linebackers and three safeties. The starters listed are almost always Mack Wilson and Sione Takitaki.

Wilson had his growing pains as a rookie, but the consensus option is that he kept his head above water and should improve in year two. However, if you factor in Takitaki, who played just 105 snaps on defense a season ago, well you can understand why there should be major concern.

At the very least, Bradham provides insurance to the weakest position group on the roster.

It’s worth noting that the Eagles, the team Andrew Berry worked for during the 2019 campaign, view the linebacker position in the same way. Philadelphia, like Cleveland, seem fine letting veterans go, banking on the young talent to stand up.

Elsewhere on the roster, the Browns signed B.J. Goodson from Green Bay and drafted Jacob Phillips out of LSU late in the third round.

The Browns doled out a handful of one-year contracts on defense this offseason, and Bradham may very well have to settle for that type of contract. If that’s the case, the Browns need to secure a player who has played on average, 86 percent of the team’s defensive snaps the last four years.