Three former Cleveland Browns could bolster the defense in 2022.
The Cleveland Browns have just angered a large portion of their fan base by bringing in Deshaun Watson to play for the Cleveland Browns, so the least they could do is bring back some fan favorites to appease a disgruntled fanbase.. Not only that, but with the Browns being $26 million over the cap while we wait for the Baker Mayfield trade and the June 1 release of Austin Hooper, it seems the Browns are done spending.
This article was being worked on after the news broke that Watson had turned the Browns down but I still wanted to write it, as these are three of my favorite players. There was a time last night where I thought the Browns could land each of the guys here, but with the team not having any cap flexibility until after June 1, the odds all three are still unsigned by them seem rather unlikely.
Still, these are three ex-Browns that would’ve helped the team had there been any money left.
Three former Cleveland Browns who could’ve helped the team
Joe Schobert was a Pro Bowler in Cleveland due to his coverage skills, but ultimately, he never did live up his contract. That doesn’t mean he’s not still a starter in the NFL. He would’ve been a great asset, helping cover up holes alongside Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Anthony Walker as the third linebacker. He may still be an option for the Browns if he comes in on a one-year, prove-it, type contract.
The Browns had an interest in Carl Nassib prior to the Watson deal. Nassib, who could still be an option for the Browns if he’s available come June 1, would help give the Browns depth with the pass rush, and was a solid run stuffer too.
This is the signing that most seems like a pipe dream now, but the Browns could’ve gone out and gotten Joe Haden. While the Browns were deep at corner, it was possible that he, or Troy Hill, could convert to safety to fill the gap that M.J. Stewart left when he went to Houston.