Readers of this site know that I wasn't a fan of the negatively-slanted tone in Jason La Canfora's piece about the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago. That's not going to stop me from reading his work, and when I saw his most recent article about the top offseason need for all 32 teams in the league, I was curious as to what the league perception was about a big move Cleveland should make.
The article started off informative with some level-headed opinions. For example, he said the Arizona Cardinals need to find a way to lower Larry Fitzgerald's $23.6M cap number, the Atlanta Falcons need to find a way to accrue more draft picks, the Baltimore Ravens need to determine if DL Haloti Ngata is worth a $16M cap charge still, the Buffalo Bills need to let Jerry Hughes test the market so they can prioritize a new deal for Marcell Dareus, and so forth. Everything was roster-related and gave something legitimate to ponder. Then, it came time for La Canfora to talk about the Browns:
Cleveland Browns: The cynic in me would say make sure everyone in the front office has his story straight when it comes to the illegal game-day electronic investigation, and figure out the fall guy, but then again they probably already beat me to the punch. So, just for the heck of it, I'll go with scheduling a meeting with Brian Hoyer's agent on the off chance the franchise has interest in any sort of veteran presence on the roster at quarterback next season.
So he gives a decent opinion about top offseason moves that 31 teams can make, but for Cleveland, he finds a need to harp on the texting situation and front office again before saying, "just for the heck of it, I'll say maybe they can try to schedule a meeting with Hoyer's agent," something that already happened this offseason.
Once again, it's all about the presentation and tone, and La Canfora's stacking the case against himself more and more with each passing day, showing that his original scathing report had a personal agenda by the writer that indeed made things in Berea seem worse than they actually are.