Over the weekend, the Browns announced that free agent Jadaveon Clowney is returning to Cleveland.
Outside of Clowney, however, the team hasn’t made any major free agent deals or acquisitions.
That’s not to say the team hasn’t made any deals at all, but none are on Clowney’s level in terms of notoriety.
To be fair, it’s been a quiet free agency across the league, with Von Miller, Tyrann Mathieu, and J.C. Jackson the biggest names to hit the market.
Instead, the offseason so far has been highlighted by mega-trades, involving players like Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, and Russell Wilson.
But free agency is still ongoing, and a few names remain that the Browns might want to look into.
Here are three possibilities:
1. Will Fuller, WR
It’s mildly surprising Fuller hasn’t found a home yet.
The receiver had a strong 2020-21 season in Houston, going for over 800 yards and eight touchdowns.
Will be interesting to see if the #Browns can snag free agent WR Will Fuller, who already has chemistry with Deshaun Watson as well- his former teammate between 2017-2020. Just a thought.
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) May 22, 2022
But after joining Miami last season, the injury and suspension-plagued Fuller failed to see much action.
That likely means there is a wide gulf between what Fuller believes he should be paid and how much teams are willing to shell out for a guy coming off a finger injury.
But maybe the Browns should take a chance on Fuller?
If the price is right (and, as OTAs start up and players get a little more desperate to see the field, it might), then the Browns could do worse than add Fuller to the receiving room.
The team is looking to replace former starters in Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry.
The former departed midseason and is currently a free agent and the latter recently signed with the Saints.
And since Beckham is probably not returning to the Browns any time soon, Fuller is a solid second option.
In the current lineup, Fuller would likely slot as WR2, behind Amari Cooper.
That would give Donovan Peoples-Jones the chance to further develop his game and compete for reps with rookie David Bell.
Peoples-Jones might make a speedster like Fuller redundant, but throwing two potential flamethrowers out on offense can’t hurt.
2. Eric Fisher, OT
The Browns have a strong offensive line.
Over the last two seasons, Cleveland has seen excellent play from guys like J.C. Tretter, Joel Bitonio, and Wyatt Teller.
But the tackles could use some upgrading.
Eric Fisher is a former no. 1 overall pick coming off a decent season for the Colts.
Fisher won’t light it up, but he’s a capable tackle with significant experience.
At worst, it gives Cleveland options at the tackle position and someone they can rotate in if Kevin Stefanski & Co. don’t like their current options.
3. Duane Brown, OT
Duane Brown is 36.
Last season, he gave up the most penalties in his entire career.
And he gave up eight sacks.
Now that that’s out of the way, on to the pros!
Brown is coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he started all 17 games for the Seattle Seahawks.
If you’re a free agent DT, I’m not sure how much more of a selling point you need than knowing Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney are on either side of you. #Browns
— MoreForYouCleveland (@MoreForYou_CLE) May 22, 2022
Plus, the Seahawks were a serious mess last season, generally fielding one of the league’s worst O-Line units.
Pair Brown with the talent already present on Cleveland’s line and he might very well experience a rejuvenation.
Like Fisher, Brown probably won’t light up the highlight reel, but he is still an effective tackle at a position the Browns should be looking to improve.
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