The Cleveland Browns did not have the 2019 season that they hoped for behind Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. (among other fresh faces). They ended up getting torched by Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC North title, but the more embarrassing defeat was at the hands of the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers beat out the Browns for second place using second and third string quarterbacks, and Cleveland in turn decided to once again clean house. This cycle cannot continue for this franchise, they must begin bringing in the right players. One perfect option might be rival Steelers pass rusher Bud Dupree.
Myles Garrett is a menace for any offensive line, but he needs a proper counterpart when he returns to action. Olivier Vernon has been a bust for the Browns with 3.5 sacks in 2019. With Vernon's contract expiring next offseason, Cleveland would have the money to swoop in and grab Dupree.
The one problem with this plan would be if Pittsburgh gives the young edge rusher a long-term extension. He is currently franchise-tagged for 15.8 million in 2020, and set to become an unrestricted free agent again in 2021 if nothing changes. The Steelers aren't known for investing big money in players long-term, Cleveland on the other hand seems willing to throw money at the wall until something sticks. This could be the perfect match.
Stealing Dupree away would obviously give Cleveland another top-notch pass rusher, but it would also damage this ferocious Pittsburgh defense that held the Browns to 21 and 13 point totals last season.
It's a win-win for the Browns, who desperately need something to change the repetitive narrative of the AFC North division. The move even makes sense for Dupree. With Ben Roethlisberger most likely retiring soon and no promising heirs on the roster, the thought of jumping ship after 2020 makes a lot of sense, especially if he's going to get a massive contract elsewhere.
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