Fast Lane : Notes on FA and the Draft

Needing help along the defensive line and outside linebacker, we have confirmed interest in some free agent prospects, while new names have begun to surface......and notes on Jordan Cameron and Tashaun Gipson

  • As this column noted nearly a week ago, the Browns like the toughness of FA Terrance Knighton and continue to have him rated highly as a player of interest.

The Browns believe, as do many other teams that Knighton will align himself with his former DC in Oakland early in the free agency signing period.

Despite the belief, the Browns will gauge interest.

  • TheOBR has learned the Browns have interest in FA WR Brian Hartline (MIA).

  • TheOBR has learned the Browns will monitor the QB situation in free agency and have not closed the door on adding a QB during the signing period.

It has been relayed to theOBR that the Browns are more likely at this time to add a QB in the draft, or if a trade opportunity presents itself (Matt McGloin - OAK a possibility).

As for the QBs of interest in the draft, theOBR has learned the Browns will not look to get in on Jameis Winston (FSU), will investigate the opportunity for Marcus Mariota (ORE) and have been some serious work on Bryce Petty (BAY)

At the end of the situation, the Browns will add a QB to the equation.

  • The Browns have actively engaged representatives for potential RFA DB J Bademosi in hopes of getting a deal in place for the depth DB and special teams ace.

  • The Browns have rated NT Dan Williams (ARZ) among-st the top of the field along the interior of the defensive line in FA.

The necessity of adding a run stuffing presence makes Williams a very viable option for the Browns.

  • TheOBR has been told DE Jerry Hughes (BUF) has turned down offers from the Bills in excess of 7–8 million per season. The two sides continue to talk.

The Browns are interested in Hughes if he indeed makes it to free agency.

  • The Browns are interested in DET DT Suh, but the belief is Suh has a destination in mind (not CLE), if the Lions are unable to make him the highest paid defensive player in the game immediately.

  • The Browns decided placing the franchise or transition tag on FA TE Jordan Cameron wasn’t the right move for a couple of reasons.

Cameron would like to play on or near the West Coast if possible, the Browns were aware of Cameron’s desire to play closer to home, but his wishes weren’t the main basis for the Browns decision, though considered in the equation.

The Browns had concerns regarding the long-term health of Cameron. Multiple concussions and other physical ailments were strongly considered when the Browns decided to refrain from tagging the TE.

  • The Browns are the agent for RFA Safety Tashaun Gipson have been making progress on a contract extension prior to the defensive back reaching restricted free agency on March 10th. The Browns would like to secure Gipson without having to tender him by the start of free agency, but will do so if necessary to retain the player and avenue to continue contract discussions.

Sources with knowledge of the contract talks tells theOBR both parties would like to achieve a feasible deal and the direction of discussions is headed in a positive direction.

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