5 Free Agents the Cleveland Browns Should Re-Sign This Offseason

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5 Free Agents the Cleveland Browns Should Re-Sign This Offseason

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The 2013 season has come and gone, and just like always, the Cleveland Browns weren’t very good. A 4-12 campaign has fans once again looking towards next year. The Browns shocked the NFL world by trading last year's first-round draft pick Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for their first rounder in 2014. The move turned out to be a stroke of genius as Richardson was less than spectacular for the Colts in 2013.

After the trade the Browns actually won three games in a row with no Richardson and Brian Hoyer at QB. Hoyer would tear his ACL in the beginning of the third win against the Buffalo Bills and be out for the season. The Browns would then have to go back to Brandon Weeden and then Jason Campbell under center. Whatever momentum the Browns had was gone as the team won only one game after the Hoyer injury. There is hope, though. The Browns could finally find a real franchise QB in this year's draft at the No. 4 overall pick. Names like Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles could be available at the spot. In addition, the Browns will once again have a lot of room to work with under the salary cap ($24 million under). Perhaps this year they’ll actually throw some money around.

There are reasons to be optimistic on the Browns bringing in some new talent, but what players currently on the roster should be brought back for the 2014 campaign? I’ve got five guys that would make some good sense for a 2014 rebuild. Enjoy the show.

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5. Alex Mack

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Alex Mack will be the best free agent center that hits the market this year. If the Browns were smart they would get him re-signed before free agency begins. With a new QB coming into the fold you have to keep him protected. Mack will be a little pricey, but the payoff will be worth it.

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4. Shawn Lauvao

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Shawn Lauvao was the Browns' starting RG for the most of the year. Lauvao was a strong pass protector but a below average run blocker. At only age 26 this kid could still improve his game and turn into an all-around lineman. He probably won't be too expensive to re-sign either, and that's always a plus.

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3. Willis McGahee

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Okay, so maybe Willis McGahee is damaged goods at this point in his career. He's clearly not a feature back anymore, but as a change of pace back? He could still be solid. The Browns should bring in a new RB, perhaps Ben Tate? And have McGahee as a backup, just keep the carries minimal. Less is more with McGahee

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2. T.J. Ward

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This T.J. Ward is pretty good. A classic box safety, Ward was actually second on the team in tackles. He's still a little weak in coverage, but this guy brings an attitude to an underrated defense. It would behoove the Browns to make this dude a top priority to re-sign this offseason.

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1. Billy Cundiff

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Yeah, Billy Cundiff. I'm serious, he's not that bad -- except for kicking chip shots when an AFC Championship is on the line. Still, Cundiff had his highest field goal percentage (80.5) of made field goals since his 2010 season. He still has a strong leg, although he missed a few long ones this year. The Browns could do a lot worse than Cundiff.


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