- A healthy Jadeveon Clowney is key to Browns’ defensive success (ESPN) - Of the many moves the Browns made this offseason, signing Jadeveon Clowney to a one-year deal worth up to $10 million could prove to be the one that elevates Cleveland’s ceiling the most in 2021.
- Joe Woods believes increase of nickel, dime can help Browns ‘dictate the tempo’ (clevelandbrowns.com) - Joe Woods never opted to make any excuses when it came to the Browns defense last season. Whenever injuries arose, Woods put faith and accountability in whoever was next on the depth chart. When his unit surrendered too many big plays to an opponent, he didn’t make attempts to swat the blame. He always acknowledged and took ownership of the defense’s mistakes, no matter the circumstance.
- John Johnson III’s contract considered a top-five value in the NFL (Browns Wire) - Generally speaking, signing free agents from other teams results in overpaying but not so for the Cleveland Browns when signing John Johnson III, according to Pro Football Focus.
- How can the Browns improve their pass defense? (cleveland.com) - There’s clearly plenty of room for improvement, and the Browns made changes with that in mind. Between offseason additions and players returning from injury, the back seven should have seven new key contributors in 2021. That brings us to how this pass defense could improve this season.
- Jets add Washington veteran right tackle Morgan Moses (NY Daily News) - The Jets are learning from their mistakes with their former quarterback Sam Darnold as they continue to build around rookie Zach Wilson. The Jets and right tackle Morgan Moses have agreed to a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. Moses’ deal is worth $3.6M in base salary, per NFL Network. He can reportedly get to $5.3M with 80% or more playing time incentives.
- Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower ‘looking forward’ to facing Tom Brady in Week 4 (NFL.com) - Dont’a Hightower returns to the New England Patriots this year after opting out of the 2020 season. The veteran linebacker’s value to Bill Belichick’s defense can’t be understated, and his presence was sorely missed in the Pats’ down campaign. The absence of Hightower and others who opted out added to the struggles in the first season of the post-Tom Brady era. Now that he’s back, the 31-year-old has the date with his former QB circled on the calendar: Week 4 in Foxborough.
- NFL coaches on hot seat entering 2021 season: Matt Nagy, Mike McCarthy among nine coaches feeling the heat (CBS Sports) - Yeah, 2021-2022 might not be all that kind to coaches. A half dozen will be gone at a minimum if history serves as an indicator. With that in mind, here are the situations other coaches, execs and agents are paying the closest attention to with training camps now about a month away.