2 Cleveland Browns free agents who greatly overrated their value

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The Cleveland Browns opted to swing trades for their big moves this offseason, and while the Deshaun Watson deal has dominated the headlines, free agency has greatly impacted the organization.

Cleveland hasn’t made any big signings, but the team hasn’t been able to retain some players, perhaps because these players have overpriced their value.

The first is Jarvis Landry, who was cut by the team when a restructured contract couldn’t be reached. Landry was due around $15 million and  Cleveland didn’t want to pay it. Landry didn’t take less money, the organization said thanks and Landry was a f free agent.

Needless to say, it doesn’t look to be going well.

Landry is still looking for his next team, and fired his agent, a Klutch Sports rep, earlier in the week.

Now, we might know why: Landry thought he could command up to $20 million per season, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. We’re two weeks into free agency and a new crop of wideouts is a month away from entering the league. Landry’s not going to find that cash now and I’m not sure why he ever thought he would, unless he was getting bad advice from his agent.

Landry’s approaching 30 and is really coming off two down years. No one in Cleveland was surprised when they cut him. He’ll always be a fan favorite, but in the world of Not-For-Long, this was just doing business.

Landry supposedly has interest in returning to Cleveland now that Watson will replace Baker Mayfield. It’s a move Cleveland should look into, but only at the right price.

Jadeveon Clowney should still be in play for Cleveland Browns

Another player who looks to have overvalued his market may be Jadeveon Clowney. The edge rusher is still out there, which bodes well for the Browns chances of re-signing him.

It looks like the Browns played this one right, as there obviously wasn’t a team out there rushing to throw money at Clowney, who was coming off a very good season.

Clowney is another year older (29) and despite not getting severely injured in 2022, does still carry an injury history.

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He’d the perfect complement to Myles Garrett and I wonder if the Browns still believe they can get him back at a deal similar to last season, in which they paid him $8 million in base salary with incentives that could get it up to $10 million.