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, typically, information throughout this time is just unhealthy information.
For the Browns, information concerning 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 workforce 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 to date 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 larger image gadgets from the previous, for the upcoming season and for the longer term. Right now we take a look at the upcoming season with an inventory of gamers that may very well be obtainable for commerce, based mostly on expectations surrounding their workforce and their expiring contracts.
Whereas GM Andrew Berry might not wish to commerce a number of future draft belongings, discovering a participant that matches the workforce’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 would 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 12 months 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 can have joint practices throughout coaching camp the place Berry and firm might get a take a look at the veteran defensive deal with. If Philadelphia struggles early within the 12 months or has a necessity at a distinct place, the Browns might goal Hargrave who had 7.5 sacks final 12 months.
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 rapidly. Denzel Ward and Grasping Williams have not confirmed to be wholesome repeatedly and accidents can occur at any time. The previous Buckeye is somebody to control.
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 12 months off will resolve if they’re sellers on the commerce deadline.
DT Dalvin Tomlinson – Vikings
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With outdated buddy 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 checklist, may very well be aggressive however nothing is for certain. 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 a substitute of letting them stroll. Berry took an identical 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 a number of defensive linemen they need to pay quickly and should resolve Payne has extra worth in a commerce in the event that they don’t assume they will 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 12 months with solely 339 yards and two touchdowns. Underneath 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 will flip the nook to competitiveness quickly (as does our buddy Jeff Risdon), that rise might take slightly longer. Oruwariye has performed properly the final two seasons for the Lions however, in the event that they battle 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 checklist with Bryant who lastly obtained his first sack in 2021. The previous fourth-round choose doubled his snap rely final 12 months and produced 4.5 sacks. With Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney and Alex Wright additionally in a position to 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 checklist as their new administration is more likely to have some turnover. Love hasn’t jumped off the web page to date 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 a couple of of those gamers have underperformed, the subsequent set finishes off the checklist 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 obtained them drafted so excessive:
WR N’Keal Harry – Patriots
Harry’s greatest season was in 2020 when he had 33 receptions for 309 yards and two touchdowns. The previous first-round choose simply hasn’t been in a position to make performs on the NFL degree as a result of some limitations in athleticism. Maybe being surrounded by the run recreation and Amari Cooper in Cleveland might unlock his manufacturing as a Landry substitute.
DE Clelin Ferrell – Raiders
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Eight complete sacks in three seasons for the previous fourth general choose is as near a bust as doable. To be honest to Ferrell, nobody outdoors of the Raiders thought he needs 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 a wide range of causes however it’s value noting. Because of accidents, the previous second-round pick 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 form of impression 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 workforce may be a reduce candidate this 12 months. 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 as a result of his top-level velocity. 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 velocity receiver however the former Mayfield Excessive Faculty participant will draw consideration from the followers if he’s obtainable.
TE Irv Smith – Vikings
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To be honest, Smith didn’t play terribly in his first two seasons within the league at a troublesome place to regulate to. His 66 receptions for 676 yards and 7 touchdowns have been tremendous however not nice for a second-rounder. He missed all of 2021 as a result of damage and was in a position to reunite with Kevin Stefanski with the Browns.
DE LJ Collier – Seahawks
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One other participant that nearly everybody knew was overdrafted, Collier had three sacks in 2020 and none in his different two seasons. Like different gamers on this checklist, Collier may gain advantage from a brand new place and enjoying alongside Garrett and Clowney.