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Browns have options aplenty after first wave of NFL free agency

Posted Mar 22, 2018

Cleveland reshaped its roster, adding 10 new players last week

The Browns reshaped their roster last week, adding 10 players – three via trade -- in a free agency frenzy that saw them acquire a veteran quarterback, a Pro Bowl wide receiver and an up-and-coming free safety.

Now, as Cleveland looks to add talent and depth across the board, it could very well continue to add to a roster that looks a whole lot different than the one that finished winless in 2017.

Top free agents remaining (Rankings from NFL.com’s Top 101 free agents)

3. DT Ndamukong Suh, Dolphins

After three seasons in Miami, the five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle is back on the market.

15. CB Bashaud Breeland, Redskins

Breeland initially signed with the Panthers in the first wave of free agency last week but he failed his physical. Breeland had 19 pass breakups for the Redskins last year.

25. S Kenny Vaccaro, Saints

Vaccaro, who’s spent the past five seasons in New Orleans, registered a career-high three interceptions in 2017.

26. S Eric Reid, 49ers

Reid started 59 of 60 games in San Francisco, amassing 264 tackles, 36 pass breakups and 10 interceptions.

33. WR Terrelle Pryor, Redskins

Pryor had his best season as a pro with the Browns in 2016, leading the team with 1,007 yards and 77 catches, before leaving in free agency. He struggled in Washington last season, catching 20 passes for 240 yards because of injuries and other factors.

34. DL Johnathan Hankins, Colts

Hankins, the former Ohio State standout, was unexpectedly released by Indianapolis last week and offers suitors one of the league’s better interior defenders.

35. CB E.J. Gaines, Bills

In his first season in Buffalo, Gaines made 11 starts, one interception and nine pass breakups.

40. WR Jordan Matthews, Bills

Matthews posted at least 67 catches and 800 yards in his first three seasons with the Eagles before being traded to Buffalo last year.

59. S Tre Boston, Chargers

Boston’s stock has never been higher after a breakout season in 2017, recording five interceptions in his first campaign with the Chargers.

70. WR Mike Wallace, Ravens

The veteran wide receiver hit the restart button in Baltimore. In two years with the Ravens, the speedster caught 124 catches for more than 1,700 yards and eight touchdowns.

71. LB NaVorro Bowman, Raiders

A three-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro selection, Bowman, 29, spent seven seasons with the 49ers and this past year in Oakland.

75. S Tyvon Branch, Cardinals

The 10-year veteran started nine games before a knee injury.

76. RB Adrian Peterson, Cardinals

One of the league’s all-time great running backs, Peterson spent time with the Saints and Cardinals last season while trying to return to his All-Pro form.

82. TE Martellus Bennett, Packers/Patriots

Bennett helped New England win a Super Bowl two seasons ago and then was released by Green Bay over a controversial shoulder injury. He was picked up by the Patriots and placed on injured reserve not long after.

83. OL Cameron Fleming, Patriots

Fleming had 20 starts in four seasons with New England.

84. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Giants

The veteran Rodgers-Cromartie, a two-time Pro Bowler, had 21 pass breakups and six interceptions in 2016, but started just five games last season.

86. DT Bennie Logan, Chiefs

Logan started 12 games for Kansas City’s interior defensive line last season.

88. QB Colin Kaepernick, 49ers

Kaepernick didn’t play last season, but he’s only a few years removed from leading the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance in 2012-13.

91. WR Eric Decker, Titans

The veteran caught 54 passes for 563 yards and a touchdown in his first season with the Titans. Before that, he posed three 1,000-yard seasons with the Jets (1) and Broncos (2) in seven seasons.

92. LB Jerrell Freeman, Bears

Freeman missed most of last season with a torn pectoral muscle.

93. DE Pernell McPhee, Bears

McPhee, released by the Bears after three seasons, has 31 sacks in seven seasons but that production has trailed off in recent years.

95. DE Kony Ealy, Jets

Ealy has 15 sacks and six forced fumbles in four seasons but didn’t do much with the Jets in 2017.

99. RB DeMarco Murray, Titans

Even at 29, the veteran Murray is only a few years removed from a 2016 season that saw him run for 1,287 yards and nine touchdowns.

100. LB Derrick Johnson, Chiefs

Johnson, the four-time Pro Bowler, has 1,154 tackles in 13 seasons in Kansas City.

101. QB Jay Cutler, Dolphins

Cutler spent last season in Miami after eight years in Chicago.

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