The Cleveland Browns and the remainder of the NFL have a break within the motion. The halftime of the offseason, if you’ll, the place groups and followers hope for as little information as doable as, usually, information throughout this time is barely dangerous information.
For the Browns, information in regards to the destiny of Deshaun Watson shall be key to the remainder of the 2022 season. Whereas a suspension looms, a prolonged one might derail the season.
The crew additionally nonetheless has Baker Mayfield on the roster and a transfer may very well be made any day with him however the lack of motion this offseason up to now means we might nonetheless be ready some time.
As we take a deep breath throughout this NFL downtime, it provides us an opportunity to take a look at some greater image gadgets from the previous, for the upcoming season and for the longer term. As we speak we have a look at the upcoming season with an inventory of gamers that may very well be accessible for commerce, based mostly on expectations surrounding their crew and their expiring contracts.
Whereas GM Andrew Berry might not wish to commerce quite a lot of future draft belongings, discovering a participant that matches the crew’s wants in 2022 may be value it. Berry might additionally take an opportunity to swap out a participant from Cleveland for one more participant that fills a necessity higher.
Listed here are 17 gamers that might assist the Browns in 2022 earlier than their contracts finish on the finish of the season beginning with some veterans:
WR Nelson Agholor – Patriots
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Within the final yr of his free agent deal, Agholor might add a veteran deep menace presence to the Browns locker room.
DT Javon Hargrave – Eagles
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Philadelphia and Cleveland could have joint practices throughout coaching camp the place Berry and firm might get a have a look at the veteran defensive deal with. If Philadelphia struggles early within the yr or has a necessity at a distinct place, the Browns might goal Hargrave who had 7.5 sacks final yr.
WR Marvin Jones – Jaguars
A former member of Cincinnati and Detroit, the 32-year-old Jones can nonetheless make performs together with 22 touchdowns in his final three seasons. Jacksonville might not wish to hand over the veteran however, as a pending free agent, might resolve to get one thing in return for him.
CB Bradley Roby – Saints
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Whereas Cleveland appears loaded at cornerback and New Orleans is trying to compete in 2023, issues can change shortly. Denzel Ward and Grasping Williams have not confirmed to be wholesome commonly and accidents can occur at any time. The previous Buckeye is somebody to keep watch over.
Whereas the Saints added Jarvis Landry and Chris Olave to their receiving corps, Jameis Winston’s return from his ACL damage and Michael Thomas’ return to the sector after over a yr off will resolve if they’re sellers on the commerce deadline.
DT Dalvin Tomlinson – Vikings
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With previous good friend Kwesi Adofo-Mensah in Minnesota, maybe Berry can whip up a deal or two to improve the roster. The Vikings, like many groups on this listing, may very well be aggressive however nothing is definite. Tomlinson is not a giant sack man however useful in the course of the protection.
There are additionally some younger veterans that their groups might resolve to get one thing again in return as an alternative of letting them stroll. Berry took the same swing on S Ronnie Harrison (who had two years left on his deal) two offseasons in the past:
DT Da’Ron Payne – Commanders
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A top quality veteran on the inside of the line of defense, Payne might value an excessive amount of in a commerce and be too useful to Washington to deal. Then again, the Commanders have quite a lot of defensive linemen they should pay quickly and will resolve Payne has extra worth in a commerce in the event that they don’t suppose they’ll re-sign him.
WR Darius Slayton – Giants
Slayton jumped on the scene as a rookie with eight landing receptions and 740 yards in 2019. His numbers plummeted final yr with solely 339 yards and two touchdowns. Beneath new administration, New York might search to maneuver on from Slayton and Cleveland might use the 6’1 ″ receiver who ran 4.39 on the NFL mix.
CB Amani Oruwariye – Lions
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Whereas Detroit hopes they’ll flip the nook to competitiveness quickly (as does our good friend Jeff Risdon), that rise might take just a little longer. Oruwariye has performed nicely the final two seasons for the Lions however, in the event that they wrestle and Cleveland has an damage, may very well be extra useful to a profitable franchise than a rebuilding one.
DE Austin Bryant – Lions
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Again-to-back Lions on the listing with Bryant who lastly received his first sack in 2021. The previous fourth-round choose doubled his snap depend final yr and produced 4.5 sacks. With Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney and Alex Wright additionally capable of bounce inside, Bryant might add some low cost depth to the line of defense.
FS Julian Love – Giants
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Including one other Big to the listing as their new administration is more likely to have some turnover. Love hasn’t jumped off the web page up to now in his three seasons however may very well be a useful depth piece for Cleveland in addition to present some assistance on particular groups.
Whereas just a few of those gamers have underperformed, the subsequent set finishes off the listing with first and second-round picks that have not performed as much as their draft standing and will use a change of surroundings. Berry might take an affordable swing on a participant hoping to faucet into the potential that received them drafted so excessive:
WR N’Keal Harry – Patriots
Harry’s finest season was in 2020 when he had 33 receptions for 309 yards and two touchdowns. The previous first-round choose simply hasn’t been capable of make performs on the NFL stage resulting from some limitations in athleticism. Maybe being surrounded by the run sport and Amari Cooper in Cleveland might unlock his manufacturing as a Landry substitute.
DE Clelin Ferrell – Raiders
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Eight whole sacks in three seasons for the previous fourth total choose is as near a bust as doable. To be truthful to Ferrell, nobody outdoors of the Raiders thought he ought to be drafted that top.
Maybe being added to a line with Garrett and Clowney might assist Ferrell take a leap simply earlier than free company.
WR Parris Campbell – Colts
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An unlikely commerce for quite a lot of causes however it’s value noting. Attributable to accidents, the previous second-round select of Ohio State has performed a complete of 15 video games and caught 34 passes. Campbell was a speedster in school however hasn’t made the sort of affect hoped for in Indianapolis.
DE Ben Banogu – Colts
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Again-to-back Colts right here as one other second-round choose that appears like a failure for the crew may be a minimize candidate this yr. As a rookie, Banogu had 2.5 sacks and performed in all 16 video games. He hasn’t had a sack since and solely performed in 68 snaps in 2021.
WR Andy Isabella – Cardinals
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Isabella was an attraction resulting from his top-level pace. He by no means got here collectively in Arizona as he solely had 31 receptions for 426 yards and three touchdowns in three seasons. Cleveland already has Anthony Schwartz as a struggling pace receiver however the former Mayfield Excessive College participant will draw consideration from the followers if he’s accessible.
TE Irv Smith – Vikings
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To be truthful, Smith didn’t play terribly in his first two seasons within the league at a tricky place to regulate to. His 66 receptions for 676 yards and 7 touchdowns have been nice however not nice for a second-rounder. He missed all of 2021 resulting from damage and was capable of reunite with Kevin Stefanski with the Browns.
DE LJ Collier – Seahawks
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One other participant that just about everybody knew was overdrafted, Collier had three sacks in 2020 and none in his different two seasons. Like different gamers on this listing, Collier may benefit from a brand new place and enjoying alongside Garrett and Clowney.