A month from now, free agency will be kicking off, and ESPN decided to look at the biggest looming free agency decision for all 32 NFL teams. Pat McManamon represented the Cleveland Browns, and determined that the Browns should use free agency to find upgrades at wide receiver:
No Browns receiver had more than 27 receptions last season. The position received a boost when Josh Gordon returned from suspension, but the need for a talent infusion remains. Cleveland is loaded with draft capital and cap space, meaning that acquiring talent isn’t the issue; it’s finding talent that matters. Quarterback is the top objective. But the Browns need to find pass-catchers to surround that player with too. There’s not much to say here other than the obvious: Cleveland needs help almost everywhere.
Then, ESPN insider Field Yates acted as the general manager for all 32 teams, and provided a verdict with the “suggestions” that he was provided by the fellow ESPN reporter. For the Browns, his verdict was, “Draft receivers, and pay receivers in free agency. Make it a priority.”
We’ve heard fans speculate on the likes of Jarvis Landry, Allen Robinson, and Terrelle Pryor, just to name a few. But the Browns’ receiver situation really is a weird one to diagnose, namely when it comes to how many new receivers this club needs. If Josh Gordon stays clean, isn’t he a Top-5 caliber receiver? And how much have we given up on Corey Coleman already? Should we really be looking for a slot receiver? Can we even count on Gordon? Should we spend the big bucks in free agency, or just try our hand through the draft again?
It’s something we’ll put more thought into in the coming weeks, but for now, let us know what your initial thoughts are on the position.