The Cleveland Browns made substantial personnel changes during the 2022 offseason.
Because of that, in consideration of who should be team captains, we selected three players that have longevity with the team.
Those three players, in alphabetical order, are as follows:
1. Joel Bitonio
The list could start and end with Joel Bitonio.
It is that simple.
He has been with the team since 2014, a feat shared only with long snapper Charley Hughlett.
Joel Bitonio was in the same Cleveland Browns draft class as Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert …. that man done been through it ALL
— Quincy Carrier (@Kwen_C) June 23, 2022
Bitonio is the heart and soul of the offensive line.
He is a tremendous mentor to the younger players while still being at the top of his game.
After announcing Bitonio’s contract extension last fall, GM Andrew Berry said:
“After last season, we decided that one of our major football priorities would be to make Joel Bitonio a Brown for the rest of his career. Joel is one of our most decorated players and is the ideal personification of our ‘Tough, Smart, Accountable’ mantra. We value Joel’s high-level performance, leadership, consistency and durability. We are all excited about this extension and hopeful that at the end of his career we will all be looking forward to celebrating Joel’s gold jacket fitting in Canton.”
2. Nick Chubb
Team captains tend to be vocal and loud, but that is not necessarily the quality of a great team captain.
Sometimes the best leaders lead by example with hard work and perseverance.
— CleWest (@erjmanlasvegas) July 1, 2022
That is who Nick Chubb is.
His success directly impacts the success of this team.
He will not cast blame on others for his errors, and he accepts full responsibility for his actions while highlighting teammates that are performing well.
An occasional pep talk can come from Chubb; we know it is in there since he hosted a youth camp this summer and had the kids amped up.
3. Myles Garrett
The face of the defense is Myles Garrett.
His talent makes everyone want to play with him and to be better because of him.
The Top 10 edge rushers in the NFL entering next season:
1. T.J. Watt
2. Myles Garrett
3. Nick Bosa
4. Maxx Crosby
5. Von Miller
6. Cameron Jordan
7. Joey Bosa
8. Trey Hendrickson
9. Robert Quinn
10. Shaquil Barrett
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) June 29, 2022
He is also a prominent face in the community and an avid supporter of the Cavs.
Finally, Garrett is not interested in individual honors and wants the team to reach the utmost high which is a Super Bowl Championship.
He is in his prime, ready to win, and not interested in excuses or missed opportunities.
Since 2020 under Coach Kevin Stefanski, the Browns do not appoint season-long team captains.
#Browns will not have team captains again this year. Head coach Kevin Stefanski will continue to name weekly game captains “You don’t need to have a ‘C’ on your chest to be a leader”
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) September 10, 2021
Instead, unique captains are selected for each game.
That means that these three players should all get at least one opportunity to be team captains this season.