On Friday, the Cleveland Browns announced that they re-signed running back Shaun Draughn and punter Spencer Lanning. Both players were exclusive-rights free agents, so my guess is that the Browns retained both players on 1-year deals worth $585,000 each.
Here is what I said about Draughn during our free agent preview:
I'm indifferent to Draughn. If the Browns want to keep him as a semi-veteran presence, I guess that's fine. My preference would be to add a couple of undrafted free agents after the draft, and let them compete with Winston for the third running back spot. Draughn isn't a diamond in the rough, but one of those undrafted guys could be.
Draughn's contract shouldn't be guaranteed, so he basically has an invitation to training camp. He's the only "veteran" back on the roster, as Isaiah Crowell, Terrance West, and Glenn Winston will be entering their second seasons in 2015. When I conducted a poll on Draughn, only 34% of fans felt Cleveland needed to retain Draughn, who really only saw action on special teams last year following the release of Ben Tate.
Here is what I said about Lanning during our free agent preview:
Lanning's net average ranked 17th in the NFL, and his overall average ranked 23rd. Both were improvements from the previous year. I think this is a no-brainer. The Browns have no desire to search for a new punter when there are more pressing issues at other positions. Lanning should receive the cheap, one-year tender.
89% of fans thought it made sense to bring Lanning back for another year.
Although they still have time to do so, the Browns did not re-sign their only other exclusive-rights free agent, OL Ryan Seymour.