Mack Wilson and Greedy Williams need to step up for the Browns in 2021.
Our friends at Dawg Pound Daily recently wrote up an article listing the three players they think are on their “last chance” with the Browns. Those three players are Odell Beckham Jr, Greedy Williams, and Mack Wilson. Admittedly, Beckham hasn’t been himself since 2016, and it’s a wonder why people think he’ll finally return to form after suffering even more injuries that destroy athleticism. As for Willams and Wilson? They’re not on their last chance at all.
For Williams, he only had one season. It’s short-sighted to think the Browns would move off of him after 2021 should he struggle, considering it’s only his second year of actual play. He’ll get the length of his rookie contract at least.
As for Wilson, he played very well as a rookie but struggled mightily as a sophomore. Does that mean he’s talentless? No, it means he might be a bad fit in a system. People think about pro sports like video games, and if you can do well in X, you should be able to do the same thing in Y. That’s not the case, many players have strengths that are highlighted or negated depending on how players get used. That may be Wilson’s problem. He might also have struggled to adapt to the new wrinkles in the defense that Joe Woods put in. Either way, it’s unlikely he’s on his last chance.
Unless Mack Wilson and Greedy Williams tank early, don’t expect them to be cut
The Browns need help at linebacker and cornerback. Wilson and Williams are heading into their second season in the defense and that experience would, hopefully, mean something. It’s much easier getting someone into and out of games that knows the system than to sign or trade for someone new who would have to learn everything over.
So it really doesn’t make sense to cut Wilson or Williams this year, especially if the positions are as shallow as they are. As for Beckham, trading him away might eventually be the end game. He and Jarvis Landry are vastly overpaid for their production at the moment (that could change if they both blow up in 2021) and as of right now are heading to either a restructured contract in the near future or a new team.
All of this is up in the air in the interim. There’s no obvious outcome for any of these players so it’s best to just lean back and let it all unfold.