The Browns are watching the Super Bowl this year, and that means they have plenty of time to scout potential free agents from the Buccaneers.
The Browns aren’t in the Super Bowl this year. Shocking, I know. Despite their numerous world championships in the sport of professional football under the NFL banner, the Browns have never gone to the Super Bowl. They’ve never sniffed it the rarified air of overpriced seats, too-long half-time shows, and the 38 hours of non-stop pre-game coverage. That won’t change this year, but what has changed is that the Browns are no longer a long-shot to go. They need a few spare parts, and they’re good to go. That’s why they should be paying attention to these three Buccaneer players, who could be free agents this year.
These aren’t franchise changing players like Paul Kruger was supposed to be. No, instead these are guys who can fill a hole or two for a year or two. They’re short term improvements over long-term bad decisions.
These are the guys who could get Cleveland over the hump.
Here are three players from the Buccaneers who can help out Cleveland.
Cleveland needs help up the middle and while yes, it’s obvious that Ndamukong Suh is not the player he once was, and he’ll be 35 if he plays another year, Suh would be a valuable asset for the Browns. He’s a better interior rusher than anything the Browns have and if Suh can avoid being a problem for the Browns, he’d be a good one or two-year rental. He made $8 million this past year, and could probably be had for $10-12 million over two years in free agency.
The Browns may be looking for a new kicker in 2021. Cody Parkey might be the most unpopular player on the Browns (oh the life of a kicker). Now it may seem a stretch, but the Browns bailed on Austin Seibert after 17 games. So it would make sense they bail on Parkey as well. Succop would be a slight improvement. Though a short-term fix at the position
The soon to be 29-year-old signed a one year, $15 million contract with the Buccaneers after a season where he had 19.5 sacks. He followed that up with just 8.5 sacks. Barrett is a linebacker in his prime with blitzing capabilities. Cleveland would be lucky to have him, and if they can nab J.J. Watt, pair him with Barrett and Myles Garrett, then the NFL would be in trouble.