The Browns are getting recruitment help from an unlikely source, the NBA’s C.J. McCollum who’s trying to get Richard Sherman to Cleveland.
The Cleveland Browns got rocked last year with offenses constantly attacking their corners. While Denzel Ward played admirably, he also played injured again and missed chunks of time because of it. Greedy Williams remains a question mark about an eventual return, and the rest of the corners got abused. The Browns need help at corner and Portland Trailblazers star, C.J. McCollum, is trying to recruit future Hall of Fame corner Richard Sherman to Cleveland for that reason.
McCollum, though a start in Oregon for the Portland-based NBA club, is a Canton, OH native and long-time suffering Cleveland fan (because we’re all long-suffering). So his want to help his home-state Browns isn’t shocking. That’s why early this morning, McCollum tweeted the long-time Seahawk and former 49er.
It’s great that McCollum is helping out the cause because this team needs the continued good-will and good luck. The question comes down to; do the Browns need or even want Sherman?
Sherman isn’t his 2015 self but he’s still a significant upgrade over anyone the Browns have except for Ward. Ward, however, has been making people question if he should get a fifth-year or even an extension. His injuries and missed time are mounting and as he gets older, will surely only get worse.
That’s not an indictment on Ward or even an argument for getting rid of him, but more an acknowledgment that getting Sherman alone isn’t enough. The Browns have too many holes to count on defense, from linebacker to the defensive line, to the corners. Frankly, the safeties may be good enough to run back as is if the corners and backers get significant upgrades.
Sherman would be a huge get for the Browns who are hopefully trying to rebuild their defense. Let’s also get the “for the right price” out of the way, because that goes without saying. If a prime Brian Urlacher and Derrick Brooks wanted to join Cleveland, it would still be “for the right price”.
So yes, Sherman is the guy to go after.
For the right price.