1. Cleveland Browns LB Mack Wilson
The Cleveland Browns spent the offseason dedicating a lot of resources to the linebacker position, which many viewed as the defense’s biggest need heading into 2021.
Since losing to Kansas City, the Browns have added Anthony Walker, brought back Malcom Smith and drafted Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, in addition to Tony Fields in the later rounds.
The Browns will also return third-year veteran Sione Takitaki, who seems poised to take a big step this season, in addition to Jacob Phillips. Media reports over the last couple of months mentioning Phillips usually include glowing reviews for the speedy linebacker.
As for Mack Wilson, that’s a lot of bodies and the former fifth-rounder hasn’t been productive, garnering an ugly score of 36.2 from a season ago, per PFF.
He’s still really cheap, set to earn $850,000 this season and $965,000 in 2022. He certainly doesn’t seem like a contender to receiver a contract extension, though, so if the Browns have a player they’d rather keep, such as Fields (who will be even cheaper), they Wilson looks expendable.
Some fans rag on Wilson for talking a lot on social media, but that’s just the same as yelling at clouds. He’s always seemed enthusiastic to be a Brown and the camera always showing him giving great effort.
We’ll see, but it certainly looks like the Browns could go in another direction.