Now that Super Bowl 56 is over, it is time to discuss what is next for the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have the right head coach and they have shown that they can draft well. The Browns have 20 players that will soon be free agents. Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, defensive end Takkarist McKinley, tight end David Njoku, outside linebacker Malcolm Smith and running back D’Ernest Johnson are a few of the top players that could become free agents. The Browns have over 36 million dollars in cap space for this upcoming season. However, the Browns can create more flexibility by cutting wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who is going to make a whopping 15.1 million dollars next season. Other cap-saving moves would be to cut ties with offensive lineman J.C. Tretter, which saves the team eight million dollars and releasing backup quarterback Case Keenum would save 6.5 million dollars.
It is no secret that the Browns need to bring in a big-time wide receiver. A big splash would be to sign Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin as he would be a major addition to this Browns team. Godwin is a top-tier receiver in the National Football League and has an amazing skill set. He makes jaw-dropping plays and possesses blazing speed. He would give them that bonafide number one receiver. Despite suffering a torn ACL/MCL, Godwin is just 25 years old and had a productive season. In 2021, Godwin had over 1,000 receiving yards, five touchdowns and averaged 11.3 yards.
Another position that needs to be addressed is at the defensive end position. A player that can fill that void is Akiem Hicks. Hicks is 32 years old and is coming off a disappointing season with only 19 solo tackles and 3.5 sacks. It is possible to bring in Hicks on a bargain deal. He is talented enough that he would draw attention. The Browns also could use another dynamic player on the defensive side of the ball. It would be a long shot, but the Browns should check in with Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson, who has become a young star in this league. Jackson finished the 2021 campaign with 44 solo tackles, 23 passes defended and eight interceptions. It will be an interesting offseason for a team that has championship aspirations. I believe they will be aggressive, considering how well their Ohio counterparts did this season. The ball is in your court, Andrew Berry.