3 Free Agents the Browns Can Sign With Shocking Amount of New Cap Space Following Opt-Outs

Max Staley
Kevin Stefanski and the Cleveland Browns should be looking to sign these three free agents.
Kevin Stefanski and the Cleveland Browns should be looking to sign these three free agents. / Jason Miller/Getty Images
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With the NFL's new opt out deadline now in the rearview mirror, the salary cap implications from the opt outs have finally become clear. And some teams made out better than others – at least as far as the 2020 season is concerned.

One such organization is the Cleveland Browns, who lost five players to opt-outs, but now have about $40 million in cap space – the most in the NFL. Cleveland can't go crazy with multi-year deals right now, as that new space will be gone once the five players are back on the books in 2021, but the Browns can afford to offer some pretty lucrative one-year contracts.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three players Cleveland should target with that new cap space.

3. Logan Ryan, Cornerback

Logan Ryan would be an excellent addition for the Browns.
Logan Ryan would be an excellent addition for the Browns. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Kevin Johnson is penciled in as the team's slot cornerback, but he spent more time on the outside (243 snaps) than in the slot (105) in 2019. He was solid last year, but Johnson will be difficult to rely on as he's missed a combined 29 games over the past four seasons. Logan Ryan is a rock-solid slot corner; signing him would give Cleveland more depth at the position and allow Johnson to move back outside.

2. Everson Griffen, Defensive End

Everson Griffen could be a great addition for Cleveland.
Everson Griffen could be a great addition for Cleveland. / Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Over the past few seasons, Everson Griffen has been one of the most productive pass-rushers in football. He's racked up 57.0 combined sacks over the past six years, averaging 9.5 per season during that span. He's a little up there in age (32), but Griffen is coming off an 8.0 sack campaign with the Minnesota Vikings and should have enough left in the tank to contribute in 2020.

1. Jadeveon Clowney, Defensive End

Jadeveon Clowney would be an incredible addition for the Browns.
Jadeveon Clowney would be an incredible addition for the Browns. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The most obvious name on this list, Jadeveon Clowney is the crown jewel of the remaining free agent group. His box score numbers from 2019 won't wow you, but he was top-10 in pass-rush win rate and received a top-10 grade as an edge defender from Pro Football Focus. Clowney and Myles Garrett are arguably the two most athletic edge rushers to come into the NFL in quite some time, and the thought of pairing two former No. 1 overall picks could prove too tantalizing to pass up.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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