The Cleveland Browns are in the midst of another regime change as head coach Kevin Stefanski and new GM Andrew Berry take over from Freddie Kitchens and John Dorsey.
While Stefanski and Berry will face plenty of challenges in 2020, it's also worth taking a look ahead to the 2021 offseason to see which key players are hitting free agency. Here are three players that will necessitate big decisions after the season.
1. Olivier Vernon, DE
Although Olivier Vernon was overshadowed by Odell Beckham Jr. in the trade that brought him to Cleveland in 2019, his role as an edge rusher should not be ignored. Vernon only played 10 games last year due to injury, but he's a Pro Bowl-caliber pass rusher when he's healthy. Those types of players aren't easy to come by, and he should be set for a bounce back season in 2020. Vernon is on the last year of a five-year, $85 million contract, and the Browns will need to decide whether they want to re-sign him in 2021.
2. Larry Ogunjobi, DT
Larry Ogunjobi has quietly been a very solid defensive tackle for the Browns, starting 31 games over the last two seasons. He's shown a propensity for stuffing the run and can get to the passer at a decent clip. Ogunjobi has tallied 11 sacks and 68 solo tackles over the past two seasons and is approaching free agency for the first time in his career. The Browns will need to decide whether to keep Ogunjobi or retain new signing Andrew Billings, who is on a one-year contract himself.
3. Kareem Hunt, RB
Kareem Hunt was suspended for half of the 2019 for a domestic violence investigation. After his return, he totaled 464 all-purpose yards for the Browns in eight games. Hunt is a clear backup to Nick Chubb and has signed a free-agent tender for 2020, making him a free agent after the season. While he clearly wasn't the game-changing player that the Browns expected, his impending free agency creates a decision for the front office. With the Browns already committed to a franchise running back, Hunt will need to prove that he can provide value as a pass-catcher and stay healthy, especially because he may command a sizable contract if he can stay out of off-field trouble in 2020.
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