The Browns Have Money – They Must Use It (Wisely)
The Cleveland Browns have over $100 Million under the salary cap heading into the 2017 season. It’s one thing to be frugal spenders in the NFL, but this is getting out of hand. I understand going all “Dan Snyder” and focusing on attracting older veterans whose better days (in the league) are behind them is not the way to go. However, the team must improve tremendously from last years debacle and one way to do this is to sign (or re-sign) some quality, younger veterans who can make an impact now.
Terrelle Pryor Free Agent
Yes, the wideout had just one solid season for the Cleveland Browns. No, was not astronomical either. However, Sashi Brown and the front office would be extremely wise to lock up a talent on the edge for two primary reasons. One, the Browns desperately need a target on the field who can be a reliable option opposite Corey Coleman. Should the team take Mike Williams or O.J. Howard – even better. This receiving unit would be one of the better ones in the league. Additionally, the Browns will more than likely be breaking in another guy under center next fall. Who would you rather see him throwing to – a tall, athletic playmaker like Pryor or a roster devoid of a guy like that?
There are basically two schools of thought regarding how the franchise will handle the position under center this offseason. They can either draft their guy for the future in the first round or acquire a veteran signal caller and accompany him with a later round option. I frankly don’t believe the team will select a quarterback with the twelfth overall selection in this year’s draft – so I feel they will go with the second route. Now, what can they do? Personally, I prefer a pocket passer (Jimmy Garoppolo) to a primary runner who can throw (Tyrod Taylor). If the Browns hear a reasonable offer – no first round picks surrendered – they should pull the trigger on the Patriots’ quarterback, pick a Davis Webb or Patrick Mahomes in the middle rounds, and couple them with Cody Kessler on this roster. This would be light years ahead of last season’s quarterback room.
Conclusion: It’s time to see wins for the orange and brown; making smart signings is a way to accomplish this task. Securing Terrelle Pryor, scooping up Jimmy Garoppolo, and acquiring a reliable defensive starter (likely in the secondary) would be an excellent start to the 2017 free agent period for the Cleveland Browns.