Browns: 5 most underpaid players for the upcoming 2021 season

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5. Ronnie Harrison

The former third-rounder, Ronnie Harrison, is heading into the last year of his rookie deal, which will end up costing the Browns just a bit over $2 million for the 2021 season. Now, any talks of an extension should be put on hold until we see what he can do in 2021. What Harrison provided for the Browns in 2020 and again in 2021 is cost-effective insurance. The Browns don’t have their second starting safety to pair with John Johnson, a Pro Bowl-caliber player.

That’s a problem, as Johnson can’t cover 53 1/3 yards all by himself (that’s sideline to sideline if you were wondering). To be fair, no one man can, which is why you sometimes want to split the field in half and assign a half to one player each.

It’s very possible that rookie Grant Delpit won’t ever be what the team thought he could be due to his Achilles injury. He might return to form but it’s still very likely it won’t be until midseason. So if you don’t have a guaranteed starter next to Johnson, what do you do?

You use Harrison in that role instead. He didn’t show a lot last year to make you think he’s a long-term option but he did great work considering he was a late addition to the team. For an insurance policy, Harrison isn’t a bad one. He’s affordable, young, and efficient. He’ll play quite a bit one way or another, either as a starter or in relief.

Plus he’s a sure tackler, which will make him very valuable.