5 Underrated Free Agents The Cleveland Browns Should Target This Offseason
5 Underrated Free Agents To Target
The Cleveland Browns are one of my favorite teams to write about this offseason. After so many years of frustration, they’re right on the cusp of breaking out. Despite a typically disappointing 4-12 record, they showed signs of life for the first time in a while. With a few strategic moves this offseason, they could find themselves in the playoffs next year.
Those moves start with mining the free agent market for good deals. So much in the world of the NFL today is about getting more for your money that you should. With such an efficient market for productive players, the key to being just a little bit better than your opponents is finding one or two steals here and there.
This year, the Browns’ biggest needs are running back and defensive back. They could also use upgrades along the offensive line and in the linebacker group, but running back and defensive back are their focus.
Running back is especially important. Cleveland was 28th in the league running the ball last season, and much of that was because they had nobody reliable to carry the load. Their biggest get this offseason would be a workhorse type running back who could help take the pressure off whoever ends up taking the snaps under center next year.
Cleveland is going to be fun to watch next year. Especially if they find a good quarterback in the draft, they’re going to be in contention to be the surprise team of the year. To get there, they need to target these five underrated free agents this offseason.
5. Knowshon Moreno
Knowshon Moreno had a great year this season for the Denver Broncos, but he sputtered down the stretch and is still an underrated running back. The Browns need to get better in the backfield, and Moreno could be just the kind of winning player they need to help turn around their losing culture.
4. Travelle Wharton
The 32-year-old offensive lineman Travelle Wharton has started 111 of the 115 games he’s been available for the Carolina Panthers in his 10 years in the league. His best days might be behind him, but he would still be an upgrade on the interior of the line for the Browns.
3. Brandon Spikes
Rugged inside linebacker Brandon Spikes may have worn out his welcome with the New England Patriots, but he brings plenty to the table. Great against the run, and he can step right in and be a regular in the linebacker rotation for the Browns.
2. Alterraun Verner
Despite playing in relative obscurity with the Tennesse Titans the last few years, Alterraun Verner is one of the best defensive players on the open market this offseason. Cleveland could use an upgrade in the secondary and Verner would fit the bill.
1. Andre Brown
The biggest offseason need for the Browns is their running backs. Andre Brown lost most of his 2013 season to a broken leg, but he came back and carried the load for a bad New York Giants team later in the season. A workhorse type back, he's exactly what Cleveland needs.