The Cleveland Browns made the majority of their big moves at there start of the league year.
Trades brought in wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and defensive end Olivier Vernon, while free agency saw the arrival of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, along with depth players in tight end Demetrius Harris, linebacker Adarius Taylor and offensive lineman Eric Kush, among others.
So while the heavy lifting may be finished, this is the time for some bargain hunting among the remaining free agents, and there is a name or two on the list of the best free agents still on the market compiled by Connor Orr at The Monday Morning Quarterback.
Looking at the defensive tackle position, two names jump out in Ndamukong Suh and old friend Danny Shelton.
According to Orr:
Suh, 32, is one of the greatest defensive players at his position in the modern era. I think back to the Super Bowl, where he was effective early—had the Rams produced some offense we might be talking more about his impact on the game plan. Suh might be a part-time player, and an expensive one at that. But there’s always room for a versatile tackle who specializes in pissing people off.
(Shelton, a) big-bodied tackle had some action early in free agency but is still available. Like Logan, a team looking for run support will give him a call. He was solid in that regard for the Patriots last year.
While neither player can be counted on as a full-time starter, both can be effective if tasked with only playing a backup role. Suh’s aggressiveness is something the Browns defense could use in small doses, and 20-30 plays of Shelton in relief of Richardson and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi would give the Browns considerably more than they are receiving from their current backups.
The same could be said of defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who has struggled to stay healthy in the past two seasons but was still productive enough to record 12 sacks in 2017. In a limited role he could provide a level of production lacking in the defensive ends on the Browns roster who are not Myles Garret or Vernon.
General manager John Dorsey may believe the team is set at safety, but there is one player on Orr’s list who would look good in orange and brown - Tre Boston, who is coming off a year with the Arizona Cardinals that saw him finish with 79 tackles, three interceptions and nine passes defensed.
Doesn’t mean much but Stats are beyond there! OBVIOUSLY!! The Players see it, the Fans see it, and are starting to question what’s going on. I like it, keep asking question. You’ll see what’s really up. 2 Prove It Deals.... What’s left to prove? Lol Bout to jump on Offense. Lol https://t.co/CLhw3epzlZ— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) April 5, 2019
Boston has voiced his displeasure over having to sign one-year “prove it” deals with the Los Angeles Chargers (2017) and the Cardinals last season, but there appears to not be a market for him at the moment. He is only 26 and is familiar with defensive coordinator Steve Wilks from their time together last season with the Cardinals, so if Dorsey were to come calling with a team-friendly deal, Boston may be willing to listen.
What do you think, Browns fans? Are there any players or the list, or other free agents, that you think would be helpful this season?