No. 2 – Larry Warford (OG)
The New Orlean Saints shocked everyone when they cut Larry Warford to save money. Warford, only 29-years-old, has been to three-straight Pro Bowls since joining the Saints in 2017. He became one of Drew Brees’ most consistent protectors and helped the Saints develop a brutal running game that took the NFL by storm.
Warford is a natural fit for any team, regardless of the nitpicking that some want to do with Warford. He’s quick enough to play in any scheme and strong enough to bulldoze any defensive tackle who lines up over him. The only reason he remains unsigned is because he was cut so late in the offseason. Had he been a free agent when everything started, Warford would’ve been one of the first names off the board.
Yet, now he waits, looking at various teams in the NFL to see who gets cut next so they can call him. This is the time of year that teams start finding out what they have in their new additions, that’s when players like Warford usually get called. If a team has a bunch of young players and no real guarantee any of them will be a starter, guys like Warford get called on finally.
The Cleveland Browns have a need for him, as their right guard spot is arguably the weakest on the entire team, let alone the offensive line. Warford wasn’t making a lot in New Orleans, about $8 million a year, and if he’s willing to take that then the Browns would absolutely be wise to go get him.
The only reason he doesn’t fit is if he’s asking for huge money. Anywhere under $9 million a year is a steal for a talent of his caliber.
Does he fit?
Absolutely, especially with a rededicated focus on the rushing game in 2020.