Latest Browns News and Notes
This is pretty much the slowest time of year in the NFL offseason. However, the Cleveland Browns are still making news – albeit nothing earth shattering. Let’s take an in-depth peek into a few happenings with the professional franchise located in northeast Ohio.
Josh McCown Mentorship
Recently the veteran quarterback for the Browns said he is excited for an opportunity to mentor a young quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. This is refreshing, as it is more than likely that a signal caller will be selected with the second overall choice in this year’s draft.
It’s a shame, as McCown was more than ready to take this role last year – but the young guy (in position to start) had too many demons that overshadowed his playing and led to his impending departure from the franchise. While McCown is not a Hall-of-Fame quarterback; he is still a brilliant guy who has been in the league for many years. Although he does not possess everything required to be a franchise quarterback, he knows what it takes to become one. I anticipate he will convey wisdom with the newcomer, and I hope that the rookie can develop exponentially from the veteran as well as Hue Jackson (who knows his way around quarterbacks).
Mack Still Undecided
It’s pretty interesting to hear that the possible free agent-to-be continues to push back his deadline to make a decision whether he will opt out of his current contract with Cleveland Browns. I still have the belief that he will not be donning orange and brown one way or another, but perhaps Hue Jackson can work his magic to keep the center. Despite being one of the best centers in the NFL, he will seek nearly nine million dollars per season going forward; the Browns need to utilize their assets on more at positions that can affect the game as opposed to a guy snapping the football.
Guys to Lock Up
There are several members of the 2015 Browns whose contracts will expire next month. However there are only two who I feel it is vital the team keeps around for several years; Mitchell Schwartz and Travis Benjamin.
With Mack likely gone, it is important that the Browns not create another hole along their offensive line. I understand that the unit underwhelmed last season but have confidence that they will bounce back this fall (even with Cameron Erving at center). The new coaching staff alone should help getting more out of the players than what their predecessors were able to do.
If Josh Gordon can come back to this roster, and the team drafts a Josh Doctson or Michael Thomas early in the NFL Draft – then Travis Benjamin would make a solid third receiving option. The status of Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel with the team is up in the air, as both were injured and underproductive last season. There will no doubt be turnover with the wide receiving corps, but they must retain a veteran or two (including Brian Hartline) – especially with Gordon being a bad decision away from exiting the league.