If you can only have one…

Yesterday, our friends at Red Right 88 revived the “5 Questions in 5 Minutes” technique for creating interesting blog posts.  Perfected at Cleveland Reboot, 5-in-5 selects a handful of men of letters and poses five questions serving as a jumping off point for a regular Cleveland sports Algonquin Roundtable. There was one question in particular that seemed simple but is...

2014 Off season plan: Part 2, UFA targets.

Carrying forward the working premise from part one of this series:  I’ve got us with $30M in cap space that can be safely budgeted for 2014 free agent acquisitions.  Revising our roster graphic to reflect the transition tag for Alex Mack, I see needs at: Tier 1, no starter at position (last year’s starter gone):  OG, ILB1, SS, RB. Tier...

Analysis of Joe Banner’s first season.

For a team that’s won one game since early October, I read a lot of positive pieces and comments about Joe Banner’s work to date.  And while I appreciate some of the play on the field and believe Chud will be a good coach and note that the players are still working hard… the sanguine mood toward Banner seems curious....

Is Rubin the new Vickers?

The news yesterday was that Star Lotulelei is coming in for a private workout in Berea.  He joins Ansah, Floyd, D. Jones, Jordan, Mingo, and Richardson.  In other words, every top rated d-lineman in the draft will have visited Berea.  It’s hard to see this list of visitors without concluding that the Browns aren’t done ‘fixing’ the defensive line. ....

Kerry Rhodes, s.v.p.

. Usama Young is gone.  Good.  Our free safety currently is Eric Hagg.  Not good.  Time to get us a free safety. It’s been awhile since we’ve had a strong FS: Young, Adams,  Elam, Pool, Russell, Little, Bush, Ellsworth, Fuller, Turner+, Newsome, Gash, Wright, Rockins, Rogers, Whitwell, Scott, Darden*, Sumner, Howell. That’s all the Browns starting free safeties going back to 1970.  One all-pro,...

Cap rollover provisions and the Browns.

This is a clarification post.  It stops short of a retraction on the Smaug’s Cave post from the weekend.  But I do wish to soften that critique with today’s piece.  I’ve gained a new and key understanding on NFL salary cap and it needs to be shared because it affects how we view the Browns’ activity in this FA season. Let me explain....

Smaug’s Cave found.

. . Well this is awkward.  Pretty quiet out there.  Nobody wants to say it?  Ok, I will: The Browns’ execution of this free agency period has been ‘disappointing.’ Browns currently sit with the most or second most cap space of any team; just as they started the FA season.  Their cap space –left to Banner/Lombardi by Heckert– provided a...

Let’s play: BEST CASE SCENARIO!!

. As of Friday AM, it’s looking like a whiff in free agency concerning the number one need for the Browns:  cornerback.  We’re also missing a free safety, a tight end ‘threat,’ and guard depth. It could be Aqib Talib has been the target all along and that he’ll be signed today.  It could be that Kerry Rhodes makes a...

Looking good.

. We’re pretty happy with how the first day of free agency has shaken out. While it’s not the direction suggested here, it’s most encouraging that there seems to be a plan. No quibbling here over Kruger vs. Avril. No problem grabbing a DE in free agency versus draft.  Especially DEs who rate out like this (see at left). Didn’t...

FA target #4: Dustin Keller

. Editor’s note:  I wrote this three weeks ago and didn’t publish because of possible ‘diva’ signs and because I expected the Jets to franchise him rendering the discussion moot.  It turns out the Browns are sniffing around Jared Cook of the Titans and Brandon Myers of the Raiders.  IMO, neither are in Keller’s class.  Also, there’s been surprising little...

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