The Cleveland Browns have been the talk of the NFL offseason. For the first time in a long time, there’s a ton of hope and optimism surrounding the Browns. After a strong end to the season led by stellar play from Baker Mayfield, the Browns managed to carry over that momentum into the offseason.
They made the biggest splash of the year on March 12th, landing Odell Beckham Jr. in a blockbuster trade with the New York Giants. They also traded for pass-rusher Olivier Vernon, and signed running back Kareem Hunt. The media is all-aboard the Browns hype train, and they’ll have plenty of nationally televised games in primetime this year.
But one man who isn’t exactly buying the Browns hype? Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib. Appearing on NFL Network, Talib was asked whether he was buying, selling, or holding the Browns as contenders in the AFC North. Talib said he was holding.
“As of right now I think it’s still on paper, I’d like to see it with my own eyes on the field… more than just on paper,” Talib explained, per 247 Sports’ Josh Edwards.
Fortunately for Talib, he’ll get a chance to see them up close with his own eyes pretty early on. The Rams will travel to Cleveland in Week 3 this season to take on the Browns on Sunday Night Football. It’ll be the first home primetime game for this new-look Browns team, and they’ll be fired up.
The fact that Talib is publicly skeptical will only be added motivation for Browns players as they gear up for this game. Both the Rams and Browns have a lot to be excited about, and this matchup should be one of the best games early in the season.