CANTON,Ohio- It’s old news by now that the Browns lost Travis Benjamin, Tashaun Gipson, Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz in free agency. In my opinion the losses of Benjamin and Mack are the two biggest of the Four.
While our offensive line wasn’t the best it’s always good to have a center that can make the proper calls at the line plus he was always healthy. I do not blame him for wanting out of a losing situation but I will say that asking for $10 million a year being a center is a bit much.
With the loss of Benjamin at wide receiver Cleveland now has no deep threat. They also lose a good return man. Travis Benjamin doesn’t really go to a much better situation though in San Diego even though they do have a better quarterback but the Chargers will probably be in a rebuilding mode of their own after next season.
A few more moves were made recently with Dwayne Bowe being released along with Karlos Dansby and I don’t think their done. I don’t expect the Browns to keep Joe Thomas. I think he will eventually be traded to a contender for draft picks which I don’t mind.
Cleveland recently replaced Tashaun Gipson with Rahim Moore at the free safety position. We shall see how that plays out.
As for the Browns #2 pick. I’m still picking them to take Jared Goff. While I realize the Browns won’t be winning many games next year I look at this as a chance for the QB, whoever it will be, to learn without any high expectations. Think about the idea for a minute. He knows the team isn’t expected to win much and maybe that will drive him to play even harder. Yes, I think that Goff has a good chance at being a long term solution for Cleveland. I’ve been wrong before and maybe I’ll be wrong again. Time will tell.
Here’s a curve ball for you. Robert Griffin III is out there and available for next to nothing. I know he’s injury prone. That’s his down side. Why not sign him to a 1 year deal and see how he works out? He’s got a great arm, he can read defenses and he has the size. If he plays very bad or gets hurt then you cut him. If he plays well Cleveland can either sign him to a new deal or trade him for draft picks.
If you sign Griffin then you can have two QB’s ahead of your draft pick if you don’t want to start him right away.
I want to speak lastly on the pass rusher situation with the Browns. Ray Horton is back and while this is an OK move in my book, my problem is when he was here a few years ago the Browns gave up more points in the 4th quarter than any other team but Paul Kruger and Mingo played very well in his defense. Let’s see what happens.
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