The Undefeated 2017 Cleveland Browns
Now that the pesky Super Bowl is over, it is time to look ahead to the NFL offseason – a fan favorite for the Browns’ supporters. There were several moves made and multiple words said about a former teammate. I would like to think the Browns are improving in this time frame, but let’s review what has happened.
Signing a Safety
The orange and brown inked second year pro Tyvis Powell this week, and provided them another option at the safety position. The former OSU star fell all the way out of last year’s draft class but made his mark on the Seattle Seahawks roster. Powell eventually got caught in the numbers game and was released a few weeks ago. I believe Tyvis can have a realistic shot at being at least a backup safety for the Browns. Hopefully the team will continue to improve upon this position in April’s draft.
Joe Thomas: Uncut
The future Hall of Famer let loose over the airwaves in the recent future. The first was news that appears to be surprising, especially with the team’s recent history. Thomas said he expects the Browns to be extremely active in free agency and figures they will acquire three to four big name free agents. I am fine with philosophy, provided they are great players who can help the team – instead of expensive busts.
The left tackle also took a shot at first round bust Justin Gilbert, who was recently released from his second franchise in three seasons. Thomas hinted that Gilbert did not love the game of football – which is very hard to argue against this. The first round of the 2014 draft continues to be a demise for this franchise; hopefully Sashi Brown and company can pull several tremendous athletes this spring and boost the franchise out of this rut.
In a move that surprised nearly no one, the Cleveland Browns parted ways with quarterback Josh McCown and defensive back Tramon Williams. Each were older,expensive players who were making too much money to justify their roster spots. I wish the best for both but have a difficult time thinking that replacing this duo will be an arduous task. Both are vital positions on this roster – but getting the elusive signal caller is desperately needed for this franchise.
Conclusion: The Browns’ front office remains active in the weeks leading up to the Scouting Combine. These little moves might not seem like much, but perhaps they can either impact the team in the fall or open up a roster spot for a guy who can.