The Browns have filled a lot of needs this off-season through the draft and free agency but I think that some positions still need help or even just depth. There are still multiple free agents that can really make an impact on the Browns’ defense. Most of the free agents I am going to mention are going to be on the interior defensive line and linebacker. So let’s take a look at some of the options the Browns may look at to add to their roster this training camp.
Jadeveon Clowney – EDGE
Clowney maybe not be a shock to a lot of people with all the rumors going on with the potential return. But I still think it needs to be addressed because we all know Jadeveon, we truly don’t know what is going to happen until it happens. Clowney was very productive last year opposite Myles Garrett and I think it’s a no-brainer to sign him back. Last season may have been the most productive season we have seen in Clowney since 2018. Clowney had 37 combined tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 9 sacks ( which is his second-most since 2017 with 9.5 sacks). He brings the ability to help get to the quarterback and be able to be a key part of the defense this season.
Ndamukong Suh – DL
The Browns have boosted the interior line this offseason through the draft but I still think they should bring in some veteran experience into the line to teach. Why not Suh? He has probably been one of the most consistent defensive tackles we have seen in a while. Year in and year out he is always able to produce really well with any team he has played for. Rumors have picked up recently that Suh and the Browns have talked with him and multiple other teams have reached out to him. He is very durable only missing 2 games in his 11-year career. Last season he had 27 combined tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks. Plus he is a Super Bowl champion and has been in a locker room that has won a Super Bowl. Suh could be a great example in the locker room for leadership.
Akiem Hicks – DL
Like I’ve said the Browns’ interior defensive line needs to be upgraded. Personally, I think that bringing in Hicks would be great. You could get him for a fairly cheap deal, possibly even the veteran minimum. He has shown that he is great in the trenches but his injury history has been pretty extensive over the last couple of years. He would be great as a role player for the interior line. Hick’s stats last year: 25 combined tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He has been great on the field but the question that needs to be answered is if he can be healthy enough to stay on the field.
Anthony Barr – LB
The Browns’ linebackers are a great young group. Personally, I think they should bring in veterans that could still help develop these young guys and I think Anthony Barr is that guy. He has proven that he can play at a very high level and still can be great in this league. Despite missing most of the 2020 season he has been really healthy and a key factor in the Minnesota defense. He has worked on his pass coverage a lot recently and just last year had 3 interceptions. Barr’s stats last year: 72 combined tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2.5 sacks. If I’m the Browns. I at least try my shot and see what he is looking for money-wise and try and sign him to boost our linebacking core.
Larry Ogunjobi – DL
When he departed in 2021 I think most of us Browns fans were a little disappointed. Larry was pretty productive during his time in Cleveland. But he really took the spotlight and turned lots of heads in Cincinnati last season. It was his most productive season and he was looking for a very nice payday as he played a big role in their Super Bowl run last year. What stopped him was getting hurt last season in the wildcard game against the Las Vegas Raiders. He originally signed a 3-year 40.5 million dollar contract with the Bears but failed his physical and is now back on the market. Larry’s stats last season: 49 combined tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks. I think I speak for most Browns fans in saying we would love to see Larry back in the Brown and Orange.