3 Players the Browns Should Social Distance From After the 2020 Season

Jason Schandl
Three players the Browns should separate themselves from after the 2020 NFL season, including David Njoku.
Three players the Browns should separate themselves from after the 2020 NFL season, including David Njoku. / Jason Miller/Getty Images
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With some suspended sports leagues already making plans to return, NFL fans have plenty of room for optimism that the 2020 season will get underway on time. That doesn't necessarily mean things are going to look the same, though, as games could be played in front of empty (or at the very least, limited) crowds.

With "social distancing" proving the big term that's likely going to keep fans from packing the stands this fall, let's look at some players the Cleveland Browns should social distance themselves from at the end of the 2020 season.

1. Olivier Vernon, DE

Olivier Vernon was a bust for the Browns in 2019.
Olivier Vernon was a bust for the Browns in 2019. / Al Pereira/Getty Images

Olivier Vernon was floated as a possible cap-casualty cut earlier this offseason, but that didn't come to fruition, and he's set to make $15.5 million this season. His first year with the Browns was an absolute dud, matching his career-low with just 3.5 sacks, and Cleveland has every reason to let him walk next offseason.

2. Larry Ogunjobi, DT

Larry Ogunjobi was not as good as his stats may have suggested in 2019.
Larry Ogunjobi was not as good as his stats may have suggested in 2019. / Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

In 2019, Larry Ogunjobi ranked just 98th among 118 qualifying interior d-linemen with an overall grade of 56.0 from Pro Football Focus. With 5.5 sacks in back-to-back seasons, though, he's probably still going to be able to command a decent contract on the free agent market next spring. That mean's he'll likely get significantly overpaid, and the Browns would be wise to steer clear of that situation after he finishes out his contract in 2020.

3. David Njoku, TE

David Njoku hasn't been able to stay healthy in Cleveland, and his cap hit doubles in 2021.
David Njoku hasn't been able to stay healthy in Cleveland, and his cap hit doubles in 2021. / Jason Miller/Getty Images

Whether it's a trade or he's released for cap relief, this is the last year David Njoku should be on the roster. Austin Hooper is now the clear No. 1 tight end in Cleveland, and in 2021 Njoku's cap hit almost doubles. He'll be owed just over $6 million, which is up from just over $3 million in 2020. Making it easy to part ways, the dead money the Browns would incur from getting rid of him is set to drop from the full $3 million in 2020 to zero in 2021.


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