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Cleveland Browns Free Agent Review: DE Lavar Edwards

He saw limited action in the final three games last year as a pickup by GM John Dorsey.

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Our look at the Browns’ unrestricted free agents continues with DE Lavar Edwards.

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Lavar Edwards saw some late-season action as a pickup by John Dorsey.
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How and When He Joined the Browns: The Browns signed Edwards in mid-December of 2017 as one of John Dorsey’s moves after taking over as general manager. He became a fit for the team after DE Emmanuel Ogbah landed on injured reserve a few weeks earlier. The Browns were Edwards’ eighth team since being drafted in the fifth round in 2013.

Productivity Level Last Season: Last season, Edwards played in the team’s final 3 games, logging a total of 48 snaps and finishing with 2 tackles in a limited role.

Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: His length (6-4, 271 lbs) can help provide some camp competition as a backup defensive end, and he’s been exposed to a lot of systems in his career.

What the Browns Should Do: The Browns are good with Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah as their two starting defensive ends, and after that, they have Carl Nassib and Nate Orchard. Edwards won’t surpass any of those four players, and on top of that, Cleveland could use a third guy who is an upgrade over Nassib and Orchard. Cleveland should let Edwards go so they can keep that spot open for potential players they want to sign after the draft. Even if they do sign him, it’d be to a minimum salaried deal.

Let us know below whether or not the team should try to re-sign Lavar Edwards!


Should the Browns re-sign DE Lavar Edwards?

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