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5 Overrated NFL Free Agents The Cleveland Browns Should Avoid At All Costs

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5 Overrated NFL Free Agents The Cleveland Browns Should Avoid At All Costs

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The Cleveland Browns need some serious upgrades this offseason. After another disappointing year, they find themselves back at the drawing board trying to figure out how they can get to the top of the AFC North standings. One main way they will do that is to use the $45 million they have available in salary cap space.

That’s a pretty huge number and one that will allow them to be major players in this year’s talented free agent class if they want to be. But they need to make sure they make the right choices. A bad free agent contract can hold a franchise back for years to come. Cleveland needs to make a splash this offseason if they want to compete next year, but they need to stay away from a bad contract too.

The Browns are actually closer to being a winner than it seems. They were competitive in most of their games last year and even had a breakout star in wide receiver Josh Gordon. If they can find a quarterback in the draft, they have a solid roster to build around him. And they have the cap space to go out and get even better in free agency.

Building through the draft is always the best way to get good fast, but to get over the hump and be a real contender you usually have to dip your foot in the free agent market. You have to upgrade with select few players, but you have to be careful not to hurt your future flexibility with bad money spent.

These are the five overrated free agents the Cleveland Browns must avoid this offseason.

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5. B.J. Raji

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Defensive lineman B.J. Raji has been a disappointment the last few years. He has no sacks since 2011, has trouble staying healthy and is a bad contract waiting to happen. The Browns need to upgrade the defensive line, but they should stay away from Raji.

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4. Eric Decker

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Cleveland would love to get a good No. 2 receiver to line up on the other side of Gordon, but Eric Decker is likely to come with a No. 1 receiver price tag. Let someone else overpay him; they can't afford to give him too much money.

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3. Tyson Jackson

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Tyson Jackson has been mainly a disappointment since the Kansas City Chiefs made him the No. 3 overall pick in 2009. With only nine sacks in his five years as a pro, Jackson isn't likely to be an impact player for any team, but his draft pedigree will mean he'll come with a large price tag.

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2. Hakeem Nicks

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Hakeem Nicks is the classic guy who gets overpaid in free agency. He's shown he can be productive when healthy, but he isn't healthy enough to warrant a big-time deal. All it takes is one team, though, and the Browns need to make sure they aren't that one team.

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1. Darren McFadden

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Cleveland's biggest need is in the backfield, but they shouldn't go out and overpay for a veteran in free agency. Quality running backs can be found in the draft, and they're better off going that route to find a ball carrier. Darren McFadden has been productive when healthy, but that isn't very often. Let someone else be the the team to overpay for his potential.