Browns: 5 free agents Cleveland must target in 2021 offseason

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1. Takkarist McKinley, DE

The Browns tried to claim Takk McKinley three times during the season after the Falcons parted ways with their former first-round pick who totaled 17.5 career sacks in 49 games.

With McKinley’s stock running low, he could be in play for the Browns, who will have to be cap conscious considering the amount of money they’ve got to pour into players already on the roster.

The Falcons declined to pick up McKiney’s fifth-round option, a perk that comes with being a first-round pick. They outright waived him, but once McKinley hit the market, he couldn’t find a home because of failed physicals with the Bengals and 49ers.

The Raiders picked him up despite a groin injury, but McKinley never logged a snap.

The Browns clearly had interest in the veteran, and have a position for him to play considering a spot opposite of Myles Garrett on the defensive line is open.

Look for Curtis Weaver to get some reps at camp, but if the Browns are looking to build depth, McKinley may only require a meager investment in the short-term.