The Cleveland Browns' defense has already been dealt yet another devastating blow in 2020. Having already lost potential defensive starters in Mack Wilson and Kevin Johnson, second-round rookie Grant Delpit went down with an apparent Achilles injury on Monday.
There's nothing concrete on his recovery timetable yet, but an Achilles injury is not something to take lightly. With that in mind, here are three safeties Cleveland can target to replace Delpit.
3. Clayton Geathers
Clayton Geathers isn't quite the household name that the others on this list are, but he's a solid enough option. Cleveland might also be able to get by without a big-name acquisition at the position, as Andrew Sendejo has typically played safety throughout his career, and Karl Joseph should be a decent, high-upside option. Geathers would give the team some nice depth.
2. Logan Ryan
Logan Ryan typically lines up as a slot cornerback, but he revealed he actually views himself as a safety. He only played 152 snaps in the box and 17 at free safety last year, but with 113 tackles, 18 passes defended and 4 interceptions, he should be able to make the switch just fine. He'd likely command a pretty big deal, but Cleveland has more cap space than anyone in the league. This would be a really solid addition for the Browns, especially since Ryan can also log significant snaps in the slot.
1. Earl Thomas
If Cleveland wants to swing for the fences, look no further than the recently released Earl Thomas. He may be getting up there in age (31 years old), but the former Baltimore Raven can still get it done. He finished with the ninth-best coverage grade among all safeties in 2019, per Pro Football Focus. Baltimore outright releasing a player this talented for fighting with a teammate does suggest that there may be more issues than we know of about Thomas. It's a risk worth taking, though, as stealing one of the league's best defenders away from a division rival would be a coup for the Browns. As long as it's a one-year deal, money should be no issue here.
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