Last season, the Browns ended up getting a haul of players in the offseason that included WR Odell Beckham Jr and DL Sheldon Richardson. They also drafted CB Greedy Williams to add on defense.
These guys were added to a stacked team led by QB Baker Mayfield who had TE David Njoku and WR Jarvis Landry already on the field. The Cleveland Browns looked like the best offense in football on paper.
Things quickly didn’t go as planned as the Browns couldn’t find a foothold on their season. They finished the season at 6-10 when the entire football world was at least expecting a playoff birth. Fans were justifiably upset with the team after the 2019 campaign.
Fast forward to where we are now and the trade rumors involving Beckham Jr have died down quickly as Cleveland once again goes all in. Morgan Burnett has come and gone. Last season is now in the rear view mirror and the future looks good in Ohio.
They started the day by making the first big move after the tampering period opened up. TE Austin Hooper was made the highest paid Tight End in the league with a deal around $11 million on average over the next four year. This signing right off the bat showed the world that they are going to take this season serious.
A few hours later, former Tennessee Titans OT Jack Conklin signed on for three years, $42 million. Conklin adds some beef to an offensive line that was in shambles last season. Within minutes of that move it was also announced that the Browns has signed QB Case Keenum to a three year, $18 million deal. Keenum adds depth and experience behind Mayfield.
Adding protection for Mayfield was the top priority this offseason and Conklin does just that. Hooper gives him another viable threat downfield. They have put themselves in a position where there is no excuse to not at least make the playoffs.
The only big issue with this team is trusting that Mayfield is the guy. Browns fans want him to be the guy, but his decision making last year proved to be his downfall. The upside is that you can make better decisions this year and be able to actually lead this team.
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