These are five free agents the Browns should consider.
The Browns don’t have a lot of holes anymore. At least none that are obvious. They have some new rookie prospects and some new veteran acquistions to add to the team, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all going to pan out. That’s why you have to continuously keep your eyes out for new players. If someone is failing to make an impact, a replacement needs to be found.
You also want to have guys on standby in case of injuries. Injuries pop up all the time and can ruin the flow of a team in a matter of moments. It’s hard to replace everyone if they get hurt but the hope is that you can replace one or two guys and still keep going.
Now some will mention all the rookie and second-year players the Browns have on their squad. That’s true, they have a lot of young players, but when pushing for a Super Bowl, you don’t want to rely on that fifth-round pick or a fourth-rounder who can’t get in the game. You want a veteran who knows what they’re doing. So that’s why we’re looking at five veteran players the Browns should consider signing at some point.
Honorable Mention – DT Sheldon Richardson
Signing Sheldon Richardson on a bare-bones, veterans minimum contract isn’t the worst idea. He knows the area, he knows the schemes, and he’s at a position the team could use some more depth at. He’s not a good starter anymore and he was way overpaid when the Browns released him, but on minimum contract for a year or two, especially if he’s a rotation guy and not a starter? Sure, bring him back.
Just don’t expect him to ever live up to his lofty draft position. He’s not that guy and never was. The Browns would be wise to use him only as a third tackle on the depth chart.