Browns: 5 players Cleveland must sign after missing on J.J. Watt

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4. Trey Hendrickson

Like Okwara, Hendrickson is a late bloomer, who totaled 14.5 sacks last season for New Orleans.

The Saints are going to be unable to retain Hendrickson because of their messy cap situation.

Hendrickson won’t turn 27 until December, so the Browns will be getting a player in his prime years, who ranked as PFF’s No. 28 edge rusher last season.

Also like Okwara, Hendrickson should command a contract that ends up being a burden because he’s still relatively unproven, save for a great 2020 season.

One could make the argument that Hendrickson, a third-round pick in 2017, finally developed into the player the Saints thought he could be when they selected him.

Certainly something to think about, but again, it comes down to money as the Browns still have to plot out a path forward with players on the current roster whose contracts will be coming due soon.