The offseason is now in full swing and the Browns have released four players so far. They have several moves to make as they reshape their roster. With every offseason, it is important to balance next season’s aims with the next several years.
For every position room, I will outline 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.
I have worked on the basis that all of the Browns Unrestricted FAs (UFA) aren’t on the roster anymore. Of the Restricted FAs (RFA), only Hunt got a 3rd round tender. With the Exclusive Rights FAs (ERFA) I have worked on them all being retained for camp.
It is important to balance where the Browns Front Office is coming from when looking at moves. Seth Wickersham gave us a brilliant insight into their ideas when he leaked the Browns Guardrails.
These articles will be released daily, position by position, check back tomorrow for the next installment.
The average NFL team has 2.5 QBs on their roster. I have always been a fan of a three QB strategy. Due to Berry’s time with the Eagles, he has likely picked up the benefits as we know Howie Roseman is a fan. Have your one starter, one experienced backup and then a young prospect. Obviously, if you have no young talent, then don’t waste the roster spot.
Starting QB: Baker Mayfield
Roster – Baker will be the Browns starting QB for the 2020 season. We saw a really good performance in year one where he broke the rookie TD record. Unfortunately, we then had a regression in year two. If he has a good year three he likely gets an extension. As a forward-thinking front office, they would want to tie him down long term as early as possible. If he has another poor year then he will likely play the fourth year without any extension. To sustain success after paying your QB, you really need to have a top-eight QB. If they fear they don’t have that then the Browns could be taking a look at the 2022 QB class.
Depth QB: ?
Roster – Behind Baker the Browns QB cupboard is bare. It is worthing having an experienced hand that can assist Baker as well as help groom a young QB. They could really like Garrett Gilbert but I feel like they would want a more. He is 28 years old and has little upside, he isn’t a solid backup either. It would be best to move on and see what else is out there.
FA – The big name in backup QBs this offseason is Case Keenum but I can’t see it, especially with a deal over $10m on the cards. Four names that stand out to me for the backup role are Chase Daniel, Brett Hundley, Blake Bortles and Sean Mannion. Tie one of these in for a two-year backup job to see what they can offer to the QB room as a whole.
Depth QB: ?
Draft – The young prospect can be picked up late on day three in the draft or a UDFA. Hopefully, that player can develop into your backup. If they don’t like anyone then you can stash a young QB on the practice squad instead. It is always worth having three QBs inside the building learning the playbook just in case two QBs go down injured.
Other: Garrett Gilbert
Check back tomorrow for the Running Back/Fullback deep dive.
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