The Cleveland Browns would be wise to pursue these three ex-Cleveland Browns players.
The Cleveland Browns need to add some talent to help bolster their roster in 2023. The team isn’t going to be able to find a lot in free agency this year, as the team’s salary cap figure is already wrecked as is. The team has to reduce their figure somehow, and that can come in the way of trades, releases, and restructuring of contracts. That doesn’t mean the team can stand pat in free agency, however.
The Browns have got to find some guys they can invest in over the next few years, but doing so on the cheap. Each name we’re talking about should only come in if the team can get them on relatively inexpensive contracts, over a few years. The Browns need to keep their contracts nice and tight as the contracts of Deshaun Watosn and Amari Cooper balloon in 2023 and then with Watson into 2024 and beyond.
So not every name that exists could make sense. There are some ex-Browns, like Jordan Poyer, who may be too expensive to bring in. Poyer would be a huge upgrade over the likes of Grant Delpit, but he may cost on his own in a season, what the three names on this list would make combined.
These aren’t star players and in most cases, they may be backups or rotation guys. That’s ok, because you know what their ceiling is, while you won’t know that with any potential rookie.
One name that didn’t make the list that could’ve is M.J. Stewart. Stewart spent the last seasons in Houston bouncing around from safety to corner. That’s the kind of versatility the Browns could use if they decide to move on from both Ronnie Harrison and Greedy Williams.