A quick listing of what we have been told by those associated with the Cleveland Browns – without analysis, just simple info on what theOBR has learned.
- The Browns remain interested in FA to be QB Joe Flacco. Yes, the two first-round picks as compensation remains an issue for the Browns – and they do not expect the QB to leave Baltimore, but three other Ravens have caught the attention of the Browns.
- OLB Paul Kruger fits the mold of the type of player the Browns want – and need. Kruger is relentless, gives maximum effort can get to the QB and pressure the backfield – and he fills a void in the Cleveland defense. The Browns will show early interest.
- ILB Dannell Ellerbe, another Baltimore Ravens defensive player is the fire-plug type ILB that interests the Browns. The Browns have looked at the film and if the final determination is the organization wants to add a physical presence inside, then Ellerbe is the top-target – and the Browns have been wavering on the duo of D'Qwell Jackson and James-Michael Johnson.
- CB Cary Williams comes somewhat of a surprise with the names available in free agency, but the Baltimore defensive back is a legitimate option. The Browns seek no less than two quality defensive backs and Williams has proven his skill-set is solid in a pressure defensive scheme.
- FA to be WR Mike Wallace (Pittsburgh) is a player of interest to the Browns, though reservations about his attitude may be swinging the Browns into a different direction. The Browns are doing their homework and have yet to determine whether the speedy WR will be a legitimate target when the free agent player signing period starts.
- Due to the immediate need at CB, the Browns may not be a player for one of the outstanding safeties potentially hitting the market – Jairus Byrd (Buffalo), Dashon Goldson (S.F.) and William Moore (Atlanta). The Browns rate each highly, but franchise tags and the Browns needs throughout the roster may keep them out of what could become a high stakes game of poker.
- FA S Patrick Chung (N.E.) could gain a look if the Browns move away from the big names at safety.
- Simply, the Browns like CB Keenan Lewis of the Steelers.
- Keep an ear to the ground on pass rushing LB Victor Butler (Dallas) of the Cowboys.