BEREA — General manager John Dorsey and head coach Hue Jackson are not yet content with their offseason roster overhaul. Both veteran cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones and Bashaud Breeland are scheduled to visit the team on Friday, according to multiple reports.
Breeland has met with the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City, and Indianapolis Colts in the last few days and is reportedly planning to make his decision following his visit to Berea. Assuming there is mutual interest following the workout, the Browns may be able to keep the talented cornerback from leaving Northeast Ohio at all.
During his introductory training camp press conference on Wednesday, Dorsey said the team “love[s] competition” because “[i]t brings the best out in us.”
“You have to talk about these things. I have talked about a lot of things,” the team’s newest general manager added when discussing the possibility of signing free agent receiver Dez Bryant. “There have been a whole list of players that we have talked about as a staff.”
Jackson wouldn’t confirm which players were being brought in, but he did say the team is going to continue to look to improve any way it can, and that includes adding new faces to the mix as training camp progresses.
“Obviously, there is an opportunity to continue to look at guys, so I am sure we will bring them in and take a peek at [Jones],” coach Jackson said.
The coach also discussed the team’s overhauled secondary following Thursday’s opening training camp session.
“There is competition. I said this yesterday, that is what is going to make out football team better,” Jackson said. “There is competition throughout our team. I do not know how it is going to shake out.
“The players are going to decide that by how they play, but we have candidates out there that can play and that is the fun part, so we will just let it all play out.”
Before the draft the Browns traded DeShone Kizer and agreed to a pick-swap with the Green Bay Packers to acquire safety Damarious Randall. And after signing cornerbacks T.J. Carrie, E.J. Gaines and Terrance Mitchell, the Browns drafted Denzel Ward with the No. 4 pick, then selected safety Simeon Thomas in the sixth round.
To say the group of signed contract players is growing crowded is an understatement. And that’s not including the group of undrafted players vying for roster spots. Every year one or two of those longshot-type guys makes a splash in training camp and makes it hard for teams to let them go.
But that isn’t necessarily a problem. The Browns are compiling talented players at a crucially important position, a position group that truly hindered Gregg Williams’ ability to play the type of attacking defensive football he prefers.
Whether the Browns end up adding Jones, Breeland, or no one, Jackson and Dorsey’s mantra about driving competition is an important one.
No one, not one coach nor player should feel comfortable or content with their day-to-day achievements, especially on an 0-16 team. As much as the Browns want to ignore that embarrassing past, it has got to be nagging away at them beneath the surface and behind closed doors.
Winning exactly zero games in an NFL season is unacceptable by any measure of success, so you know they are going to do whatever it takes to keep the ball rolling toward redemption in 2018.