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List of the Cleveland Browns’ Free Agents in 2021

Cleveland faces decisions with players like WR Rashard Higgins, DE Olivier Vernon, LB B.J. Goodson, CB Terrance Mitchell, and others.

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Free agency will officially begin on March 17th at 4:00 PM ET. The players below will have their contracts expire if the Cleveland Browns do not do anything by March 17th:

Unrestricted Free Agents

These are players who the Browns have no roster control over, other than exclusive negotiating rights up until a few days before free agency. Although Cleveland does not have a lot of “big name” players who will be unrestricted free agents, there are a lot of players on this list who collectively contributed to the team’s success in 2020.

  • WR Rashard Higgins
  • WR JoJo Natson
  • WR Marvin Hall
  • WR Taywan Taylor
  • LT Kendall Lamm
  • DE Olivier Vernon
  • DT Larry Ogunjobi
  • DT Vincent Taylor
  • LB B.J. Goodson
  • LB Malcolm Smith
  • LB Elijah Lee
  • S Andrew Sendejo
  • S Karl Joseph
  • S Tedric Thompson
  • CB Terrance Mitchell
  • CB Kevin Johnson
  • K Cody Parkey

Restricted Free Agents

These are for players who have at least three years of accrued service in the NFL (i.e. 6 games or more on the roster or IR). The Browns can choose to place a 1st round tender, 2nd round tender, or original round tender on each player.

Over the Cap estimates the 2021 tenders to be $4.873 million for the 1st round tender, $3.422 million for the 2nd round tender, and $2.240 million for original round tenders. Another team can sign a player with a tender, but they would owe that team the corresponding draft pick if the team opts not to match the offer. If these players are not tendered by the start of free agency, they revert to unrestricted free agents.

  • WR KhaDarel Hodge
  • LG Anthony Fabiano
  • LB Tae Davis
  • CB Tavierre Thomas

Exclusive-Rights Free Agents

The ERFA label applies to players who have less than three accrued seasons in the NFL (i.e. 6 games or more on the roster or IR). Under the ERFA rules, the Browns could offer these players a one-year, minimum salary tender for $660,000, $780,000, or $850,000 based on credited seasons (i.e. 3 games or more on the roster, but not including IR) (i.e. in the league. If the Browns make an offer to an ERFA, no other team would be able to sign the player.

  • TE Stephen Carlson
  • DE Porter Gustin
  • DE George Obinna
  • CB Brian Allen

We will have free agent reviews on each UFA, RFA, and ERFA in the coming weeks.