Browns rumors: Cleveland to prioritize one position in the NFL Draft and in free agency
Many fans of the Cleveland Browns have been calling for the team to bolster the offensive line, and Jake Trotter of ESPN believes that the franchise will finally grant their wish. Ahead of the offseason, Trotter believes that Cleveland will prioritize the tackle position in the NFL Draft and in free agency.
Before the 2019 season, the Browns faced heightened expectations after acquiring Odell Beckham Jr. Despite being crowned division champions prematurely, Cleveland would end the season with a 6-10 record.
The Browns would then fire Freddie Kitchens as their head coach and John Dorsey as their general manager. Now, both Kevin Stefanski and Andrew Berry will look to assemble a much-improved roster in 2020.
Among Cleveland’s weaknesses, their tackle positions are near the top of the list. Considering that the Browns are hoping that Mayfield is the future of the franchise, it’s vital to protect him moving forward.
In his first year as the team’s general manager, Berry will have his work cut out for him. The Browns begin the offseason with $48.9 million in cap space, according to Spotrac. Notably, that would give Cleveland plenty of money to sign a tackle in free agency.
Aside from free agency, the Browns also possess the No. 10 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. In other words, the Browns are in a perfect position to select one of the top tackle prospects that are available in the draft.
Over the past two seasons, Mayfield has been sacked 65 times. On a positive note, Cleveland has an opportunity to drastically improve their offensive line for the 2020 season.