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Five Teams To Watch This Offseason Part Three of Five: Cleveland Browns

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Cleveland went 0-16 in 2017 (they are 1-31 over their last two seasons), and for the second straight season they have the top pick in the NFL draft.  As of right now (barring any trades, including the possibility of them trading out of the top spot) the Cleveland Browns have  6 picks in the top 65 picks in the draft (1st, 4th ,33rd, 35th, 64th, and 65th).  With plenty of needs, the Browns have the draft capital as well as the cap space which per www.overthecap.com, the Browns current available cap space is $109.4 million.

In 2017 no Browns wide receiver or tight end went over 400 yards receiving, the only player on the team to top that was actually running back Duke Johnson who lead the team in receptions (74) and yards (693).  With Josh Gordon back off suspension the Browns can hope he can return to the player he was before being suspended for violation the NFL drug policy.

With plenty of cash on hand to spend and the draft picks, the Browns could be on the look to add more talent at receiver to go with Josh Gordon.  It should be noted that Josh Gordon is an exclusive rights free agent, per Around the NFL’s Chris Wesseling.  However based on what he wrote it is reasonable that Josh will be back for the 2018 season.

Other areas of need could include the offensive line, it is not clear if Joe Thomas will in fact come back to the Browns in 2018 or retire.   The Browns allowed 50 sacks in 2017, the Browns may want to address their offensive line.

Quarterback is another position the Browns may address in the draft, their second round pick from the 2017 draft, DeShone Kizer threw 11 touchdowns and 22 interceptions and completed just 53.% of his passes in 2017.  One could argue that the porous offensive line and lack of talent at the receiver position hurt his numbers, after all, the Browns did go 0-16 last year.

Defensively the Browns 19th in passing yards allowed and had the second fewest interceptions in 2017 with just 7 on the season, they also ranked 26th in touchdown passes allowed with 28.  The Browns also only managed to sack opposing quarterbacks 34 times, which is an average of 2 per game, which can correlate to the opposing quarterbacks being able to combine for  4:1 Touchdown to Interception ratio.

Keep an eye on the Browns this offseason, as they look to make it to the playoffs, and try to win games.  With 6 picks in the top 65 picks in the draft and the abundance of cap space available to them, they can go out and sign and draft the players they need to fix the issues their team is having.

Statistics from www.pro-fotball-reference.com

Cap space info from www.overthecap.com

 

 

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Ravens Signing Paul Worrilow

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The Baltimore Ravens are signing veteran linebacker Paul Worrilow pending a physical, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

Worrilow, 29, is expected to provide depth for the Ravens linebacker corps, and was recently cut by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Worrilow missed the 2018 season due to injury, and health concerns led to his recent cut from the Eagles.

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Chargers’ Placing Derwin James On IR

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The Los Angeles Chargers will place safety Derwin James on IR prior to Week 1 of the regular season, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

James underwent foot surgery on Thursday and there is currently not a timeline for his return to the field.

James suffered a stress fracture and is expected to need about 3 months worth of recovery time.

With the move to the injure reserve list, James is now eligible to return in Week 9, but may need more time than that.

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Patriots Not Interested in Trent Williams Trade

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The New England Patriots are not interested in a trade for Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

The Patriots have been tied to Williams since rumors started swirling that the Redskins were looking to trade the disgruntled Williams, who is currently staging a hold out.

There were rumors that the Pats were willing to trade a first rounder for Williams, but the Redskins turned it down.

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