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 unhealthy information.
For the Browns, information concerning the destiny of Deshaun Watson might be key to the remainder of the 2022 season. Whereas a suspension looms, a prolonged one might derail the season.
The staff 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 this point means we might nonetheless be ready some time.
As we take a deep breath throughout this NFL downtime, it offers us an opportunity to have a look at some greater image gadgets from the previous, for the upcoming season and for the long run. Right this moment we take a look at the upcoming season with a listing of gamers that may very well be out there for commerce, primarily based on expectations surrounding their staff and their expiring contracts.
Whereas GM Andrew Berry might not wish to commerce a variety of future draft property, discovering a participant that matches the staff’s wants in 2022 could 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 below 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 risk 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 sort out. If Philadelphia struggles early within the yr or has a necessity at a unique 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 quit 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 seeking 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 regulate.
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 sphere 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 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 definite. Tomlinson is not an enormous sack man however useful in the midst 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 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 defensive position, Payne might value an excessive amount of in a commerce and be too helpful to Washington to deal. Then again, the Commanders have a variety of defensive linemen they should pay quickly and should resolve Payne has extra worth in a commerce in the event that they don’t suppose 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 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 will flip the nook to competitiveness quickly (as does our buddy Jeff Risdon), that rise might take just a little longer. Oruwariye has performed effectively the final two seasons for the Lions however, in the event that they wrestle and Cleveland has an damage, may very well be extra helpful to a successful franchise than a rebuilding one.
DE Austin Bryant – Lions
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Again-to-back Lions on the checklist with Bryant who lastly received his first sack in 2021. The previous fourth-round choose doubled his snap rely final yr 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 defensive position.
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 this point 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 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 in a position to make performs on the NFL stage attributable to some limitations in athleticism. Maybe being surrounded by the run sport and Amari Cooper in Cleveland might unlock his manufacturing as a Landry alternative.
DE Clelin Ferrell – Raiders
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Eight whole 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 ought to be drafted that top.
Maybe being added to a line with Garrett and Clowney might assist Ferrell take a bounce 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. As a consequence of 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 faculty however hasn’t made the form of influence 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 staff could 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 attributable to 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 out there.
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 had been effective however not nice for a second-rounder. He missed all of 2021 attributable to 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 benefit from a brand new place and taking part in alongside Garrett and Clowney.