Continuing our preview on the Cleveland Browns’ free agent class, we now take a look at S Jordan Poyer.
How and When He Joined the Browns: After being a seventh-round draft pick for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, they decided to waive him in October of that year and the Cleveland Browns claimed him.
Productivity Level Last Season: After having been become the regular third safety in 2015, Poyer shot up the depth chart at the start of the 2016 season by default: the Browns had chosen not to re-sign free agent Tashaun Gipson, and then cut veteran Donte Whitner. Poyer started at free safety for the first six games of the season, registering 39 tackles and 2 passes defended. He suffered a lacerated kidney in Week 6, though, ending his season in a contract year.
Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: Cleveland still has a lot of question marks at the safety position. Even if Poyer isn’t viewed as a long-term answer as a starter, he has shown to be a capable reserve safety and is an experienced special teamer.
What the Browns Should Do: It’s always tough to project the stock of low-key defensive free agents when the team has a new defensive coordinator. Does Gregg Williams want to completely re-tool the safety position? Would he even have input if Sashi Brown wants to re-sign Poyer?
The disadvantage that Poyer faces as a free agent is that he never got to have that big “contract year.” He started a few games on a team that went 1-15. It would seem to be in his best interest to take whatever he can get from the team that is most familiar with him, the Browns. I’ll project a 2-year deal worth $1.6 million for Pryor, which is basically the minimum given his years of service. If there isn’t much tied to guarantees, though, then Cleveland doesn’t face much risk in such a deal.
Let us know below whether or not the team should try to re-sign Poyer!