NFL Free agency: Ravens, Eagles and Titans in Jadeveon Clowney’s top-5
By Will Lomas
2. Cleveland Browns
Biggest issue: Defensive tackle cluster
Player hurt the most: Adrian Clayborn
I don’t think that the Cleveland Browns are really in the Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes anymore, but if they are then they (along with the Titans) are one of the few teams that actually makes sense for Clowney.
On one hand, they added three guys in free agency or the draft who either play EDGE or should be on the field in pass-rush situations as the 3-tech, which limits the kind of impact that Clowney can have on that roster.
On the other hand, they lead the league in cap space and have been dangling Olivier Vernon as trade bait for a while now. Outside of Vernon and Myles Garrett, the Browns really don’t have anyone that stands out as above average EDGE.
Making this deal allow them to potentially have the best defense in the AFC North when you factor in the other offseason additions of Grant Delpit and Jacob Phillips from LSU as well as one of the better DB groups in the NFL.
Rumor has it that the Browns are basically settled on having Vernon as the starter next year and they are ok with that, but if all five teams listed above are in on Clowney then I think the Browns are the team that can throw the most money at Clowney.