There are some more rumors this morning regarding who the Browns may sign in free agency. One of the signings that is all but confirmed is Dave Zastudil, who was the Ravens punter last season. Clearly we were not pleased with Kyle Richardson last year.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer had several rumors in her column today. Unfortunately, it appears as if the Browns will not pursue LaVar Arrington, since Cabot reported that Phil Savage has basically ruled out that possibility. Also, she reports that Savage is not that interested in Willie McGinest. However, she is reporting that the Browns would like to sign safety Chris Hope of the Steelers, linebacker Bart Scott of the Ravens, and defensive tackle Ted Washington of the Raiders.
Last year, Scott had 94 tackles and four sacks for the Ravens in his first season as a primary starter. Scott saw a lot of playing time due to the injury to Ray Lewis. Washington, a 15-year veteran, still started for the Raiders last year and had 48 tackles, but no sacks. Hope has turned into a solid starting safety for the Steelers the past few years. Last year, he had 97 tackles and three interceptions. If any of these three men sign with the Browns, you would have to believe that they would start. The only one who may be questionable as a starter would be Scott.
Doesn't it seem unusual that the Browns are actually a "major" player in free agency thus far? It's weird listening to Sirius NFL radio and actually hearing the talk show hosts giving props to Cleveland. Thank you, Phil Savage, Romeo Crennel, and the new Browns regime.