Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE
The smoke has settled on the initial rounds of free agency, but some premium talent (most notably at the CB position) remains on the board. Will the Browns continue to make waves and shore up the defensive backfield with some talent?
The initial feeding frenzy of NFL 2013 free agency has begun to slow it's frenetic pace, but many talented players remain at positions of need for the Browns. Multiple reports have the Browns continuing to be in the market for a CB2 to play opposite the field from Joe Haden, as well as a TE and potential help at OG, S, and WR.
The Browns have also been mentioned as potentially linked to Sean Smith (CB, Miami) but have yet to confirm any interest in him. (or specifically, any CB) Nnamdi Asomugha and Brent Grimes also continue to be available, but word from Berea indicates the Browns are not interested in Nnamdi, which fits with Banner's spending habits.
At OL, options such as Sebastian Vollmer, Eric Winston, and Andre Smith continue to be available, but look for the Browns to add low-cost insurance at the position versus a high priced free agent. Geoff Shwartz continues to be the fan favorite to fill this role as he is the brother of Mitchell Shwartz (RT) and could come at a discount after being out for a year (injury) and a year as a backup.
A few very talented tight ends remain on the board, but the signing of Gary Barnidge means that the Browns have set themselves up to potentially wait on acquiring premium talent at the position. Barnidge is a project that hasn't seen many snaps, but after losing out on the Jared Cook sweepstakes, the team has been actively linked to Fred Davis and Brandon Myers.
Safety and Wide Receiver
There's still a couple options on the market for wide receivers and safeties for the Browns. Kerry Rhodes (Horton connection), Louis Delmas, Quintin Mikell (Turner connection) and Kenny Phillips are looking for a landing spot. Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed are also looking for new homes, but it's unlikely the Browns would be bringing either of these older veterans in for a look.
At Wide Receiver, Randy Moss, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Julian Edelman and Greg Jennings headline the free agent class. All come with a history of injuries or attitude problems. Fan favorite Danario Alexander (San Diego) continues to sit on his RFA tag, so information regarding his availability and the Browns potential interest likely wont come until later. The Browns have not (yet) been actively linked to any premium FA wide receiver.