The NFL is in the last leg of the season and the Cleveland Browns are 2.5 games out of a playoff spot. Even if they do not get into the playoffs, the Cleveland Browns are going to be a good free agent destination. With the offseason coming up fast, here are five names the Browns should target in the coming offseason.
Trent Brown, Offensive Tackle
Offensive tackle has been one of the biggest needs for the Browns all season. Greg Robinson has looked promising in his two games at left tackle but Chris Hubbard has been poor. Trent Brown of the New England Patriots has been outstanding this season and looks to be in for a decent payday. Brown could replace either Robinson or Hubbard as the Browns starting tackle and it would instantly improve our roster. Protecting Baker Mayfield should be a top priority for the remainder of the season and especially going into the offseason. Brown is going to get a healthy payday but it should be one the Browns can afford and should dish out the cash for Brown to protect Baker Mayfield.
Devin Funchess, Wide Receiver
The Browns need to give Mayfield a bigger target that can catch the ball, because most of the receivers the Browns have on the roster right now, cannot do that. Funchess had a career year last season with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers and is continuing that this season. Funchess through 10 games this season has 41 receptions for 516 yards and three touchdowns. Funchess would provide a big target for Mayfield to throw to opposite of Jarvis Landry and it would give him a red-zone fade target next season and beyond. The 24-year-old is only going to get better from here and John Dorsey should be in on Funchess this offseason. He shouldn’t cost a lot but it won’t be particularly cheap either as the wide receiver market is very small this offseason, but Funchess would look great in the orange and brown.
Ronald Darby, Cornerback
John Dorsey found a home run at number four with Denzel Ward. Opposite of him early in the season, Terrance Mitchell was having the best season of his career. But he broke his wrist earlier in the season in week four and he is questionable to be back for the rest of the season. The Browns are going to continue to need quality depth in the secondary and signing Ronald Darby would do just that. Darby has been a solid starting corner throughout his now four-year career. His season was cut short this year because of a torn ACL and that will likely deplete his value a lot. Darby would add a high-quality corner opposite of Ward and with Darby, the Browns would have one of the better secondaries in the NFL.
Bryce Callahan, Cornerback
Like with Darby, Bryce Callahan from the Chicago Bears would add depth to the Browns’ secondary. Callahan is having one of better seasons since coming out of Rice in 2015. Callahan would allow Terrance Mitchell to regain his spot on the outside opposite of Ward. He has incredibly quick feet and would be a strong candidate to compete with TJ Carrie for the slot position. Callahan would not cost a ton and with the Browns remaining cap space, he would be a small portion of what is left.
Demarcus Lawrence, Edge Rusher
Getting Demarcus Lawrence on the Browns roster is going to be a long shot based on money reasons and the fact the Dallas Cowboys are likely to resign the pro-bowl pass rusher. Lawrence is set to have a huge payday this offseason and the Browns do have the cap space to sign him but I do not know if they will. Dorsey should target him and if they land him then the Browns will have one of the top defensive lines in the NFL for the next five years. Lawrence will cost a lot, but his production will outweigh his salary.
The Browns are on the up and up right now and for the first time in a while, free agents are going to want to come here. With the right additions, the Cleveland Browns are going to become a playoff caliber team and a possible Super Bowl contender.