Seven Free Agents Who Could Help the Browns

Although the OBR has some skepticism regarding the numbers, it was recently reported that the Browns lead all NFL teams in salary cap space. Could they use that space to fill some existing holes in the roster? Scout NFL analyst Adam Caplan looks at who is available and sees seven players who could potentially step in to help.

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Redright: Are any (of Adam's list of free agents) likely to be of help to the Browns? Any of them likely to be a help to the Browns that Berea may have an interest in acquiring?

Adam Caplan: Excellent question but teams generally don't sign many more free agents until the first week of training camp or so but here are the players that fit what they're looking for/need:

Offense

G Jeno James: Has started over 65 games in his seven seasons of play and played quite well before a knee injury limited him almost all of last season. Has played mostly LG but can play RG if needed. The Jets could sign him if they cut or trade Pete Kendall.

The Browns badly need a veteran guard who could start if needed. And James actually could be an upgrade over McKinney.

G Kendyl Jacox: Journeyman interior OL who can come in and be a solid backup/spot starter if needed.

G Bennie Anderson: At one time, he has a high upside interior lineman but his play dropped since leaving from Baltimore after 2004. Savage knows him so it's not out of the question they bring him in.

WR Keenan McCardell: His play dropped off last season but he could be a nice fit as their #3 WR for a season. Right now, they don't have anyone in back of Jurevicius and Edwards who is dependable.

WR Peter Warrick: Supreme slot WR if healthy. He works zones well and has a good feel for the position. But physically I have no idea where he is. He had knee problems a few years ago and didn't play last season.


Defense

DL Willie Whitehead: Solid rotational DL who can play DE in a 3-4 and is decent against the run and a good pass rusher. Played in a 4-3 with the Saints but should be able to play in a two-gap system now because he's put on size in recent years (over 300 lbs). He probably won't last long as a free agent, he's probably one of the best DLs out there and was just cut recently.

DL Jerry Deloach: Has played quite a bit in 3-4, can give about 10 plays or so at DE. Out of the league last year but decent run stopping rotational player.

 


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