After suffering an embarrassing season, The Cleveland Browns are expected to revamp their roster this offseason to make a run for the Super Bowl. The Browns are projected to have $51.7 million in cap room, according to Over The Cap. They have elite talent surrounding their team, however, there are a few positions that need to be upgraded. Let’s take look at three players the Browns should target in free agency.
1. Jack Conklin, Offensive Tackle
The Browns desperately need an upgrade to their offensive line this offseason. They’ve struggled to protect Baker Mayfield this past season, especially on the edge. Signing Jack Conklin would be a tremendous addition to the offensive line, however, it’ll come at a hefty price. The 26-year old tackle could expect to receive a contract that’s worth around $14 million a year this offseason.
In his rookie year, Conklin was named to the first-team All-Pro in 2016. This past season, Conklin only allowed four sacks and helped protect Derrick Henry who led the NFL in rushing yards. According to Pro Football Focus, Conklin was ranked #5 at his position with a grade of 88.9 this past season. He would most certainly make a positive impact on the Browns offense if they’re able to sign him.
2. Jimmie Ward, Free Safety
Signing free safety Jimmie Ward would be a huge addition to the Browns defense. With Damarious Randall expected to leave this offseason, the Browns will most likely be seeking a replacement for him. Ward has been phenomenal this season with the San Francisco 49ers as he was recently selected as an alternate for the Pro Bowl.
For the season, Ward had 65 total tackles as well eight pass deflections. He was also ranked a top-five elite grade from Pro Football Focus at his position. However, his career has been filled with many injuries. He’s only played a full season once in his entire five-year career. Nonetheless, signing Ward would be a tremendous boost to their defense.
3. Trent Williams, Offensive Tackle
If the Browns aren’t able to sign Jack Conklin this offseason, they should pursue offensive tackle, Trent Williams. The Browns were reportedly interested in trading for Williams during the season, however, the trade talks fell apart. Despite being 31 years of age, Williams is still arguably one of the most premier left tackles in the NFL. Williams is a seven-time pro-bowler left tackle that can significantly protect Mayfield during plays. If he isn’t interested to returning to the Washington Redskins, the Browns should most certainly find a way to sign him.