Welcome back to the fifth installment of the series. I am taking a deep dive into the Browns roster and how they can best fill the holes in their roster. Each day I will be releasing a different position room.
For every position room, I have outlined how the NFL structures that position on the roster. I’ve also tried to predict the variation from the norm due to a Stefanski offense. The players we have in four categories: starter, rotation (play some snaps), depth (injury backup/special teams) and other (likely cut). Then I will lay out the options currently on the roster, available in FA as well as via the draft for all 53 spots.
The average NFL team has 9.0 OLs on their roster. I would expect 4 of them to be assigned to the OT position. This allows for depth in the event of an injury.
Starting LT: ?
Starting RT: ?
FA – A study by PFF’s Kevin Cole has shown OT starter to be the worst position on offense to invest in during FA. If the Browns were going to sign an FA OT long term to fill one of these roles then that player would be Bryan Bulaga for me due to his consistent performances and much cheaper cap hit than Conklin.
There is a one year fix available in Jason Peters, a deal under $10m a year would be reasonable. You have a player locked in who can take the pressure off both rookies to perform week one. If he brakes down later in the season then the rookie should easily be ready. Peters will likely be looking for a SB contender if on a one year deal though.
The trade cost and likely extension makes Trent Williams an unlikely option. I would only go up to a 5th due to the situation and then the likely extension isn’t worth the long term risk due to his injury history and age. The Browns would only go for one OT in FA at maximum.
Draft – The best direction that the Browns should take to address their OT shortages would be to draft an OT at #10 as well as a second OT on day two. PFF’s data shows you are much better investing at OT over iOL. If the Browns can hit on two OTs in the draft then they can extend them and add cheaper players on the interior in the future as the current iOL finishes their deals.
Depth OT: Kendall Lamm
Roster – Kendall Lamm is a solid piece for the Browns at swing OT. He means that the pressure is off on both picks to perform at a high level ready for week 1.
Depth OT: ?
FA – It is always best to have four options at OT so that they have depth if anyone goes down during the season. Also if a team is desperate due to an injury you can overcharge them in a trade. The market is hard to predict as it only takes one team to decide they are going to offer them a starting gig and their price soars. There are a few names who could provide another depth piece at OT: Cedric Ogbuehi, Mike Remmers, Dennis Kelly & Cornelius Lucas.
Draft – If they have picked up Peters on a one year deal then don’t rule out a second high draft pick being spent on an OT. Getting both sides locked down in this draft for the next ten years would help this franchise moving forward.
Other: Chris Hubbard
Chris Hubbard could provide the Browns an option, his contract would require him to be a starter to continue in Cleveland. While he might not offer a starter role for the Browns there will be other teams who do. Expect the Browns to hold onto him until a trade offer is struck or they get solid progress from their draft picks. There is no hurry on them making the trade, his value will only increase when a team loses an OT in camp.
Check back tomorrow for the Interior Offensive Line deep dive.
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