3 Best Offseason Moves From the Cleveland Browns

Jason Schandl
The three best offseason moves the Cleveland Browns have made in 2020.
The three best offseason moves the Cleveland Browns have made in 2020. / Jason Miller/Getty Images
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The Cleveland Browns had a disappointing 2019 season despite having what looked like a great offseason on paper.

They'll be looking to avoid a similar fate in 2020, and fans have to once again be pretty excited about the great offseason they've put together as they continue to work through their rebuilding phase.

With that in mind, here are the three best offseason moves the Browns have made in 2020.

3. Signing Austin Hooper

Austin Hooper before a 2019 game against the Rams.
Austin Hooper before a 2019 game against the Rams. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Baker Mayfield had some great weapons to work with in 2019, but not at the tight end spot. Even when he was healthy, David Njoku was a non-factor, and he also missed most of the season with a broken wrist. Austin Hooper is one of the game's best receiving tight ends, with 214 receptions over his first four NFL seasons, and signing him rounds out the Browns' skill-position group nicely.

2. Letting Joe Schobert Walk

Joe Schobert during a 2019 game with the Browns.
Joe Schobert during a 2019 game with the Browns. / Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Joe Schobert is a solid linebacker, but letting him walk made sense. He inked a 5-year, $54 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, putting him ninth among all inside linebackers for average salary. That kind of deal reflects Schobert's upside, but not necessarily how he played in 2019. Pro Football Focus gave him an underwhelming overall grade of 59.1 — not exactly worthy of top-10 linebacker money.

1. Signing Jack Conklin

Jack Conklin on the sideline during a 2019 game against the Chargers.
Jack Conklin on the sideline during a 2019 game against the Chargers. / Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Even more important than a tight end in giving Mayfield some help, Jack Conklin was one of the best offensive linemen available in free agency this year, and he's still just 25 years old. Mayfield was sacked on 7.0 percent of his dropbacks in 2019, which was way up from 4.9 percent in 2018, and the 40 sacks he suffered were the seventh-most for any QB. Conklin graded out well both as a run blocker and in pass protection in 2019, and he should immediately step in and elevate the Cleveland line, making it easier for all of its players to thrive.


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