The Cleveland Browns needed help at cornerback.
Correction, the Browns still need help at cornerback.
Nearly a month ago, I wrote about four ways the Browns could use their remaining $38.7 million in cap space.
According to Spotrac, that cap space shrunk to over $36 million to the present day.
According to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns have “expressed interest” in Logan Ryan.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) August 30, 2020
The Current Situation
As of now, the Browns are neck deep in the injury bug.
Browns’ secondary injuries to monitor:
▪️S Grant Delpit (Achilles), CB Greedy Williams (shoulder) and CB M.J. Stewart (hamstring) all left practice early today
▪️CB Terrance Mitchell (knee), CB Kevin Johnson (lacerated liver) and S Karl Joseph (foot) did not practice
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 24, 2020
With two cornerbacks in Greedy Williams and Kevin Johnson surrounded by question marks, this would be the time for the Browns to dip into their money pit.
Johnson is expected to miss significant time, while Williams is listed day-to-day.
Grant Delpit isn’t the only Browns DB to get hurt at practice. CB Greedy Williams injured his shoulder. Asked if Williams will miss a significant amount of time with the shoulder injury, Browns’ HC Kevin Stefanski said: “I would say we will see. Still evaluating.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2020
At this point, Ryan is not going to be signed by any team for $10 million, which makes this a perfect time for the Browns to jump.
Ryan is coming off a fantastic year with the Titans, which included a career-high 18 passes defended and 113 total tackles.
During the summer, the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets were interested in signing him.
However, his asking price scared away those teams.
— Robert (@Nacarano) July 6, 2020
During the first part of the offseason, the Cowboys signed Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for a one-year, $4 million deal.
With all that money lying around, there’s no reason the Browns can’t offer Ryan a one-year $7 million deal considering he made the Pro Bowl last year.
Not to mention, Ryan is aware that he could not be signed soon, based on his latest move.
Free agent DB Logan Ryan, one of the top players available, has hired powerful agent Joel Segal as his new representation and is poised to do a deal, sources say. Ryan’s previous agents waived the five-day waiting period, and Ryan’s move is official.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2020
Make The Deal
There are too many injuries on this Browns defense right now.
There are at least three Pro Bowl and All-Pro players on the market still.
There’s no reason one of them can’t come to Cleveland.
Browns opened up 2 roster spots today
Still remain free agents
— dyl😷 (@Comebacksznnnn) August 30, 2020