Next up on our 2021 review of the Browns’ unrestricted free agents is LB Malcolm Smith.
How and When He Joined the Browns: A seventh-round pick way back in 2011, Smith played for five teams before joining the Browns as a veteran free agent in August 2020. Smith had signed a 1-year, $1.05 million deal with the Browns.
Productivity Level Last Season: In 15 regular season games, Smith was the Browns’ second-leading tackler with 72 tackles, 1 sack, 3 tackles for a loss, 1 quarterback hit, 1 interception, 2 passes defended, and 1 forced fumble. In 2 postseason games, he logged 6 tackles. Crazily, Smith graded 14th at his position, according to Pro Football Focus.
Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: Smith has a lot of experience and exceeded expectations playing with the Browns last year. While it’s not desired that he have to be a starter again, he would be an asset as part of the linebacker rotation.
What the Browns Should Do: I’d offer Smith a 1-year, $1.15 million deal, with the intent of him serving as depth on defense. Similar to my stance with other free agents, if Cleveland wants to let Smith walk because they feel they can get a player with more upside, then I’m not going to complain too much. He will be 32 years old this upcoming season, so he’s near the tail end of his career.
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Should the Browns re-sign LB Malcolm Smith?
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