The Cleveland Browns have one glaring need to address during the offseason and that is at the wide receiver position. The team averaged the sixth-fewest passing yards in the NFL last season (195.3) and saw their two leading wideouts combine for just 1,167 yards. That is simply not going to cut it.
The good news is that Cleveland has over $19 million in available cap space to take advantage of. The Browns should be searching for a veteran free agent capable of becoming quarterback Baker Mayfield's top target, which is why they should steal JuJu Smith-Schuster away from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Smith-Schuster has made it clear over social media that his time spent in Pittsburgh is likely up. The 25-year-old is coming off an injury plagued 2021 season and that makes it the perfect time for the Browns to grab him at a discounted price. After all, he already knows what it takes to play in the AFC North.
It's important to remember that Smith-Schuster is a Pro Bowl caliber talent when healthy. He has racked up at least 831 yards and 7 touchdowns in every season in which he played in 14 or more games. The USC product also averages a reliable 61.2 receiving yards per game in his career.
The only thing that would take some working out in Cleveland is that both Smith-Schuster and Jarvis Landry excel when playing primarily in the slot. That a luxury problem to have, though. Creating a new offensive scheme may be smart considering the Browns averaged only 20.5 points per game in 2021 (No. 20 in NFL).
Yes, Smith-Schuster has had some heated exchanges with the Browns organization in the past. However, that would all be thrown out the window if general manager Andrew Berry offers up a substantial multi-year deal.
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