LB Sione Takitaki
As with the other three names on this list, you have a player aging out of his prime, heading to a hefty payday (hefty for his value anyway), and who is getting older. Sione Taktaki has been a solid linebacker for the Cleveland Browns and is probably their second-best player at the position behind Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.
That said, he’s turning 28, and will probably want a three or four-year deal worth more than the peanuts he’s been getting paid now. I don’t know how much more, and frankly, he may be worth it, but this team has to rebuild the defense, which means some guys gotta go. If you can flip an asset who you may want to retain for a draft pick, at this point, with the cap realities coming for this team sooner rather than later, moves like this have to be made.
Does Takitaki demand huge compensation? No, not entirely. He’s not the hardest guy in the world to replace, and it makes plenty of sense to see what you can get in the draft, assuming someone with a louder voice gets heard. So if you can get a fifth or sixth-round pick for Takitaki, heck, even a seventh, I say you do it.
The Browns have to reload after the failure of the last few draft classes and replace some of the aging veterans on this team. That may mean parting ways with a solid hand like Takitaki