How aggressive will the Browns be in NFL free agency? Before they're on the clock for 12 draft picks (for now) in April, their 2018 offseason will be set in motion by how much of their league-high $110 million under the salary cap they spend in March. For new general manager John Dorsey and retained coach Hue Jackson, the challenge is not just trying to overhaul personnel from a team that finished 0-16 in 2017, but also finding the appropriate balance in addressing the positions of need through both avenues without blowing their bounty. Dorsey has preached prudence in the pursuit of free agents who can help the team, but that doesn't mean Cleveland will approach the frugality of the previous decision-maker, Sashi Brown. Here's breaking the Browns' potential key position-by-position plans as they go for right quantity and quality on the open market. Quarterback The Browns currently have two terrific shots at getting back on the rookie franchise QB track: the No. 1 and No. 4 4 overall picks in the draft. But they also have a multitude of team needs and could use those picks to bolster other weaknesses, taking care of quarterback with a veteran, semi-long-term solution. Those solutions start and end with free agents Kirk Cousins and AJ McCarron. Alex Smith is off the market. Tyrod Taylor, Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and others are two "stop-gappy" in the vein of Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell.
Browns' big decisions start with Kirk Cousins, AJ McCarron
Sporting News | Feb 22