Shockingly, the Cleveland Browns aren’t Brownsing issues up proper now. Signing veteran edge rusher (and I take advantage of that time period loosely) Jadeveon Clowney to a one-year deal price as much as $10 million is the most recent in a pattern of spectacular and savvy strikes by the Browns entrance workplace. That’s, um. Totally different.
Andrew Berry, who was hired because the Browns’ Normal Supervisor final January, hit the bottom working with a powerful introductory press convention.
“If there’s something that I wish to be outlined by, it’s aggression. We wish to aggressively purchase expertise as a result of that’s the secret from an NFL entrance workplace perspective, and we’re going to discover each avenue that allows us to try this,” Berry said.
Now, barely over a yr later, it’s secure to say that he has lived as much as that declare. Within the 2020 free company cycle, Berry added veteran tight finish Austin Hooper, bolstered the offensive line with stud offensive deal with Jack Conklin, and revamped Cleveland’s protection with linebacker B.J. Goodson, security Karl Joseph, cornerback Kevin Johnson, defensive deal with Andrew Billings, and defensive finish Adrian Clayborn. The roster that Berry labored onerous to revamp snapped the longest postseason drought within the NFL, making it in after 18 years.
And the spectacular strikes proceed in 2021. Berry has been equally energetic this yr, with a free company class highlighted by pickups together with stud security John Johnson III, defensive finish Takkarist McKinley, cornerback Troy Hill, and now, Clowney.
It’s been regular development and enchancment over the past yr. Within the draft developing in two weeks, the Browns maintain the No. 26 general decide — that’s the bottom decide they’ve had since 1995. Consider draft picks like golf scores. The decrease the quantity, the higher the participant/workforce.
Heading into this draft, the Browns are poised for a run at their division and are armed with 9 complete draft picks. They’ve a ton of momentum popping out of free company, and have a number of holes left to fill — vast receiver being considered one of them. The protection seems stout and prepared. Give Mayfield some extra expertise on the surface/depth behind the at the moment injured Odell Beckham Jr., and switch it unfastened. Don’t Browns this up. It’s a brand new period for the Canine Pound.