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 potential 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 may derail the season.
The group additionally nonetheless has Baker Mayfield on the roster and a transfer could possibly be made any day with him however the lack of motion this offseason to date means we may 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 larger image gadgets from the previous, for the upcoming season and for the longer term. In the present day we have a look at the upcoming season with an inventory of gamers that could possibly be obtainable for commerce, based mostly on expectations surrounding their group and their expiring contracts.
Whereas GM Andrew Berry could not wish to commerce a whole lot of future draft belongings, discovering a participant that matches the group’s wants in 2022 could be value it. Berry may additionally take an opportunity to swap out a participant from Cleveland for an additional 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 12 months of his free agent deal, Agholor may add a veteran deep risk presence to the Browns locker room.
DT Javon Hargrave – Eagles
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Philadelphia and Cleveland may have joint practices throughout coaching camp the place Berry and firm may get a have a look at the veteran defensive sort out. If Philadelphia struggles early within the 12 months or has a necessity at a special place, the Browns may 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 could not wish to hand over the veteran however, as a pending free agent, could determine 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 rapidly. Denzel Ward and Grasping Williams have not confirmed to be wholesome usually 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 12 months off will determine if they’re sellers on the commerce deadline.
DT Dalvin Tomlinson – Vikings
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With previous pal 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, could possibly be aggressive however nothing is definite. Tomlinson is not a giant sack man however useful in the midst of the protection.
There are additionally some younger veterans that their groups could determine to get one thing again in return as a substitute of letting them stroll. Berry took an analogous 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 could value an excessive amount of in a commerce and be too worthwhile to Washington to deal. Then again, the Commanders have a whole lot of defensive linemen they should pay quickly and will determine 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 12 months with solely 339 yards and two touchdowns. Below new administration, New York could search to maneuver on from Slayton and Cleveland may 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 pal Jeff Risdon), that rise could take a little bit longer. Oruwariye has performed properly the final two seasons for the Lions however, in the event that they wrestle and Cleveland has an damage, could possibly be extra worthwhile 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 acquired 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 may add some low-cost depth to the line of defense.
FS Julian Love – Giants
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Including one other Large to the checklist as their new administration is prone to have some turnover. Love hasn’t jumped off the web page to date in his three seasons however could possibly be a useful depth piece for Cleveland in addition to present some assistance on particular groups.
Whereas a number of of those gamers have underperformed, the following 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 may take an inexpensive swing on a participant hoping to faucet into the potential that acquired 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 may unlock his manufacturing as a Landry alternative.
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 potential. To be truthful to Ferrell, nobody exterior of the Raiders thought he ought to be drafted that prime.
Maybe being added to a line with Garrett and Clowney may 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. On account 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 type 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 group could be a minimize 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 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 had been effective 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 taking part in alongside Garrett and Clowney.