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Free Agents the Browns Can Sign to Replace Andrew Billings

Zach Brunner
Three defensive tackles still available that the Browns could sign.
Three defensive tackles still available that the Browns could sign. / Jason Miller/Getty Images
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The Cleveland Browns defense recently took a hit as defensive tackle Andrew Billings became the 50th player to opt out of the 2020 NFL season.

While he's no superstar, the three-year defensive lineman recorded one sack and four tackles for a loss last season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was brought to Cleveland for a little bit of depth, which the Browns may now look to replace.

These are three defensive tackles still available that the Browns could sign.

1. Marcell Dareus

Marcell Dareus is a former All-Pro.
Marcell Dareus is a former All-Pro. / Harry Aaron/Getty Images


While Marcell Dareus is no longer the 10-sack All-Pro he was in 2014, he can still be a solid rotational piece and veteran presence for this Browns defense. Dareus spent the past two-plus seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, starting 22 games for them. He could generate the type of pass rush from the interior defensive line that would make the edge rushers of the Browns that much more dangerous.

2. Damon Harrison

Damon Harrison has 27 defensive stops last season.
Damon Harrison has 27 defensive stops last season. / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Damon "Snacks" Harrison is the true type of run stopper that the Browns need, playing in the AFC North against the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Stopping the run is of the utmost importance if they want to win the division. Harrison totaled 27 defensive stops and six pressures last season for the Detroit Lions.

3. Mike Daniels

Mike Daniels played 203 snaps for the Lions last season.
Mike Daniels played 203 snaps for the Lions last season. / Leon Halip/Getty Images

Once viewed as a widely underrated defensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers, Mike Daniels played limited snaps for the Lions last season, struggling to stay healthy. In 203 snaps, Daniels totaled nine defensive stops and 13 pressures. He would undoubtedly be a cheap addition for Cleveland, and Daniels has the experience and football intelligence to play meaningful snaps at the end of games for the Browns.


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