The Cleveland Browns struck the free agency oil well hard once the 4 p.m. signing period began.
The Browns have the third most cap space with just above $50 million dollars this 2014 off-season, and Ray Farmer and company are looking to spend. While we found out that Donte Whitner was the first free agent to sign with the Browns right around 4 o’ clock this afternoon, and the Browns had no intentions of slowing down at all.
The Browns signed linebacker Karlos Dansby to a four-year, $24 million dollar deal. Dansby, 32, is coming off a career year in Arizona tallying 114 solo tackles, 6.5 sacks, four interceptions, and 19 pass deflections.
Some may think four years is too long for a 32-year-old linebacker, and they may be right. But it’s nice to see the Browns making a splash in free agency, instantly improving their team into contender territory. Dansby is a nice replacement for D’Qwell Jackson, who the Browns released and signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
If the Browns continue along this path, they’ll have a contender for the AFC North without a doubt. Adding Whitner, Dansby, and perhaps another strong cornerback, the defense could shape up to be one of the best in the league.