2013 Free Agency needs: Cleveland Browns
New Owner, new General Manager, new Head Coach and about 40+ million in cash to spend in free agency put the Cleveland Browns in prime position to get a leg up in the AFC North. The only question is who the Browns should target as a long-term solution to a problem area on the team, because that’s what free agency is all about. If you can’t draft a player to fix the problem on the roster, then you go out into the market to find guys who can play roles and play them well. The only problem is you don’t want to miss in free agency, because missing in free agency can cost you millions. So which team need should the Browns address in free agency; that they can’t address in the draft?
The first need for the Browns has to be pass rusher, because the Browns need to get ready for the transition to the 3-4 defense. That will entail finding players who can fit in that system, but it’s also one of the most expensive positions to get players at. For example; Paul Kruger is one of the most talked about 3-4 edge rushers in the 2013 free agency, but is he really worth the hype? He’s a player who only performed after Terrell Suggs came back from injury and wasn’t the best rusher in the Super Bowl. Courtney Upshaw holds that honor, but there are still some gems out there that can play roles until the Browns can get some premier talent on the cheap.