Sign Carl Lawson
Length: 1 & 1
Salary: $4 million for first, $6 million if option picked up
Carl Lawson isn’t a great addition if you’re looking at duplicating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line. He’s good, but not great. So you offer him a contract that makes him earn his pay. He’ll be 26 during the season, and a two-year deal allows him to chase down a bigger contract at just 28 years old; fairly young still for a defensive end.
If Lawson comes in, blows the doors off the place, and leaves after his second year for more money; so be it. If he comes in, tanks in year-one, then you can choose not to pick up his second-year option and let him walk. It’s a great contract for the Browns, but one that could be a problem if someone over-values Lawson.
Lawson is the defensive end version of Andrew Billings. A fine piece, but not the prize.