We all knew the Browns would make some moves during the off-season. I don’t think anyone expected the Cavalier-like ferocity with which they happened. Browns GM John Dorsey has changed the complexion of the team and he still has an estimated $83 million dollars of cap space available as the beginning of free agency approaches. Dorsey’s star-studded front office revamped the roster while keeping all five of their draft picks in the first two rounds of April’s NFL Draft.
Most fans will see the positive from the moves made thus far. I am also sympathetic to the negative feeling some fans have expressed. It comes down to the fact that we all knew John Dorsey would put his stamp on this team and he’s doing just that. He has addressed three of the Browns’ biggest needs already in acquiring a quarterback, wide receiver and a corner.
Tyrod Taylor for DeShone Kizer
The Browns essentially traded Kizer for Taylor on the day. Everyone has their opinions on these two gentlemen. For me, it boils down to the front office deciding that they want a franchise QB in this draft and not on the roster. Tyrod Taylor is the bridge whether he likes it or not. Kizer was deserving of another shot in my opinion, but my opinion doesn’t matter.
Some people don’t like Tyrod, but he’s a veteran and is more than capable of holding the position down and winning some games. I’m not concerned with analyzing his stats to death. He’s not the quarterback of the future. He’s the quarterback for now and for as long as he needs to be. With the talent around him, the Browns offense should take a big step forward this season.
The first and biggest splash the Browns made was acquiring Landry for two boxes of rocks. I don’t want to hear that the Browns gave up too much for this 1,000-yard receiver. These are the same people who complain that the Browns overvalue draft picks. This was a great move. There will probably be more moves at receiver. I hope the Browns keep Cory Coleman for another season, but he could be the next guy to be traded.
The Browns added a young and proven corner in the 25-year-old Randall. The Browns have some good corners on the roster, but they needed an upgrade at the position to improve as a defense. Randall is a nice piece for Gregg Williams, but there will be more pieces to come in free agency and via the draft.
Shelton was a loyal soldier for the Browns. He did everything the Browns asked and never had a negative word to say. I see people talking about all the Browns first-round picks from 2015 and before being gone now. That’s a great observation, but it doesn’t mean that Danny was a bad pick. He just doesn’t fit the Browns 4-3 defense. He’s not a pass rusher and that’s what this defense relies on.
Free Agency and the Draft
John Dorsey has filled a few holes on this team, no doubt, but he can do much more if he chooses. He could literally address any and every position on this team if he sees fit.
I expect the Browns to make a minimum of three first-round selections in the draft. They still have the ammo to go up and get a few guys they want. The beauty of these additions is that the Browns could still go multiple directions in April. Dorsey hasn’t shown his hand.
Stay tuned, folks. This front office is just getting started and the Browns are already more respectable.