The Cleveland Browns are most definitely on the upswing. With yet another new head coach leading the way in Freddie Kitchens, the Browns seem different this time, thanks to the presence of soon-to-be second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield. However, the Browns’ offseason could revolve more around the team’s defense as there are now several key pieces already in place on offense. A major move could be on the horizon as well, with the rumor mill beginning to churn in regards to veteran linebacker Jamie Collins.
According to Pat McManamon of ESPN, the Browns could ultimately part ways with Collins this offseason.
“Collins has been good with the Browns, but his contract pays him to be great,” writes McManamon. “He has not hit that level, and he’s due to be paid $22 million in salary the next two seasons. Cutting him would cost the Browns only $2.5 million under the 2019 salary cap, and give Cleveland $9.25 million in salary-cap room.”
The Browns did miss out on the postseason in 2018, but the AFC North franchise did make considerable changes this past season. In addition to the aforementioned Mayfield, the Browns also added the likes of former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in addition to rookie running back and former Georgia Bulldogs standout Nick Chubb.
With this in mind, the Browns’ focus could shift toward the defensive side of the football. If the Browns’ defense can keep up with the uptick of Cleveland’s offense going forward, the up-and-coming franchise will become quite the well-rounded machine in the near future.