The Browns made some significant moves since the beginning of legal tampering. While there are still many holes to fill on the defensive side, they added some much needed fire power and have themselves in a good position to be successful if they can draft well come April (pending any changes because of COVID-19). Andrew Berry and Kevin Stefanski are off to a hot start in their new positions. Let’s take a look at my three favorite players they’ve acquired.
Austin Hooper, TE
The first domino to fall this free agency was Tight End Austin Hooper. The Browns signed Hooper to a 4 year, $42 million deal with $23 million guaranteed. Tight End was one of the biggest needs and Hooper is the perfect guy. He has solid hands and will be a great blocker on the edge. Hooper will be a great target for Baker and should make life easier on Odell and Jarvis as well. Hooper is coming off a 75, 787, and 6 season (rec, yards, and td).
Jack Conklin, RT
Jack Conklin is my favorite pickup for the Browns as he becomes a force on the right side of the line. Conklin has been a staple on the Tennesse Titan’s offensive line for the past four years. Conklin signed a 3 year, $42 million deal with $30 million guaranteed. With Conklin anchoring the right side, the Browns can find their stud tackle in the draft and vastly improve the line from last year. I’ve got my heart set on Mekhi Becton and would love for him to play opposite of Conklin.
Karl Joseph, S
Last player I’ll hit on is Safety Karl Joseph. Joseph wasn’t the name everyone was hoping for initially. Most people had eyes for Minnesota Vikings SS Anthony Harris. However, once Harris got franchise tagged, Joseph became on of the hottest names on the market at strong safety. One of the main reasons I like the signing so much is that Joseph comes with a cheap price tag for his talent. If he is able to stay healthy (which has proven difficult in the past) and has a solid year, he will set himself up for a big deal next Mach.
There were still talks about the Browns exploring trades for Harris, but the signing of Joseph quieted those down quite a bit. I like this signing as it fills another void in the defense. With the strong safety position filled, I expect the Browns to seek their free safety in the draft with their second or third round pick.
Berry and Stefanski have had a great showing so far. The additions that have been made, even those outside of the above names, have me excited for Browns football. I’d give them an A- simply because there are still several question marks on the roster. As mentioned before, some of those can be answered come draft night.
Now everyone be safe, stay inside, enjoy time with your loved ones, and be smart so that we can get back to our regular scheduled program on Sundays come next fall.