The Cleveland Browns could still bring back one former player.
It turns out the players everyone thought would net the Cleveland Browns compensatory picks have yet to get new deals. Guys like Kareem Hunt and Ronnie Harrison remain unsigned, and will not earn the Browns anything in the way of extra draft pick compensation.
Returning to my original point, the team should’ve traded them when they had the chance. Who cares what they got back for them, anything is better than nothing.
Still, the Browns may not yet be done when it comes to making moves. The team has a few names that are un-signed and may be able to help the Browns in the short term. Names like Harrison, Hunt, John Johnson III, and others exist on the free agency market but one name I think could actually help the Browns
That is if they can get him for next to nothing.
Jadeveon Clowney could finalize the Cleveland Browns’ defensive line.
I don’t think Clowney was ever worth his contract in the NFL. He was never what he was marketed to be. He was never a great, all-around, defensive end. He was, however, a great run-stopper. I think the Browns would be wise to offer Clowney a low-cost contract for one year.
Then bring him in as a first and second-down type of player. During that time you could move Za’Darius Smith inside next to Dalvin Tomlinson if you want. This would allow you to have a more vaunted front four, as Clowney is probably better than any other defensive tackle you have on the roster.
You could also have Clowney play inside as well, if not, then you could play him as an outside linebacker. The versatility of Clowney was never truly expanded upon under Joe Woods, and maybe with Jim Schwartz in charge now, he could use someone like Clowney as a more jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none type of player.
Playing him in 60-70 percent of the game, but never at the same position back to back. It’d be a unique idea and one that could end up working out for the Browns and Clowney.
But if they don’t bring him back, I won’t be bothered any. This is just a thought exercise more than anything.