The Cleveland Browns continued their free agency signings today by grabbing defensive end and former 2017 1st round pick, Takk McKinley.
McKinley, who mostly played for the Atlanta Falcons, is coming off a disappointing 2020 season where he didn’t play much and fought a groin injury. It was a season where he voiced his grievances with the Falcons and demanded a trade. He was claimed off waivers by three teams, the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers and the Las Vegas Raiders. The Browns also attempted to get Mckinley when he was on waivers. He failed physicals both for the Bengals and 49ers before passing one with the Raiders.
Because of the injury bug and last season’s smudge on his career, the Browns are giving McKinley a reasonable one-year, $4 million deal.
At the very least, Browns general manager Andrew Berry is getting an edge rusher for a pretty good bargain. The 25-year-old McKinley might showcase some of that previously seen talent that included 13 sacks in his first two seasons in Atlanta.
The UCLA product was highly-touted coming out of school for the draft. With the Browns trying to claim McKinley off waivers last season, it certainly seems like Berry and the Browns coaches feel that McKinley is worth the risk and the reward could be big for a defense trying to improve.
Watching the film on McKinley, he certainly has the speed and size to pressure quarterbacks all day long. If McKinley can take some of the pressure off Browns other DE Myles Garrett and produce like he had those first couple of years in the league, then it’s a win-win situation. Browns are one step closer to a Super Bowl and McKinley will get a more lucrative deal next season.