The Browns could be in the market for more defensive backs, and they enter a free agency period, which begins Wednesday at 4 p.m., that provides a number of versatile options.
Headlined by some household names, we’re breaking down the top cornerbacks and safeties Cleveland could consider.
Who’s slated to be back?
CB Jason McCourty - 14 starts, 65 tackles, 3 INTs, 14 PDs
CB Jamar Taylor - 15 starts, 62 tackles, 10 PDs
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun - 7 starts, 36 tackles, 6 PDs
CB Michael Jordan - 15 games, 1 start, 17 tackles, 3 PDs
CB C.J. Smith - 3 games, 1 tackle
S Jabrill Peppers - 13 starts, 57 tackles, INT, 3 PDs
S Derrick Kindred - 10 starts, 55 tackles, INT, 6 PDs
S Kai Nacua - 16 games, 3 starts, 13 tackles
S Justin Currie - 3 games, 6 tackles, 1 sack
S Derron Smith - 7 games, 5 special teams tackles
Top DBs available (Rankings from NFL.com’s Top 101 free agents)
7. CB Kyle Fuller, Bears
He’s technically available, but it won’t be cut and dry for teams to sign him after the Bears placed the transition tag on him.
9. CB Malcolm Butler, Patriots
The two-time Super Bowl champion, Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro selection had six interceptions and 29 passes defensed over the past two seasons.
10. CB Trumaine Johnson, Rams
After receiving the franchise tag in back-to-back seasons, the lockdown corner appears poised to move on from Los Angeles.
13. S Bashaud Breeland, Redskins
He was a regular starter from Day 1 in Washington, piling up 60 passes defensed and eight interceptions over four seasons.
22. S Kenny Vaccaro, Saints
A five-year starter, Vaccaro had 283 tackles and eight interceptions in New Orleans.
23. S Eric Reid, 49ers
The former first-round pick has been a fixture in the back end of San Francisco’s defense for five seasons but has dealt with injuries in the past two.
26. S Morgan Burnett, Packers
Entering his ninth season, Burnett has been a starter in Green Bay since 2011.
31. CB E.J. Gaines, Bills
He had a strong season in Buffalo after being dealt there in a preseason trade.
40. CB Brent Grimes, Buccaneers
The veteran is reportedly poised to return to Tampa Bay.
42. CB Morris Claiborne, Jets
The former No. 6 pick in the draft, Claiborne could be with the third team of his career in 2018.
45. CB Prince Amukamara, Bears
He’s been with three different teams in the past three seasons and could make it four this year. He’s started double digit games in five of his seven NFL seasons.
52. CB Patrick Robinson, Eagles
He played an integral role on the Super Bowl winning squad, finishing with four interceptions and 18 passes defensed.
53. S Tre Boston, Chargers
He’s coming off the best season of his career after a relatively disappointing three years in Carolina.
57. CB Rashaan Melvin, Colts
He’s been with four teams since 2013 but played arguably his best football this past season in Indianapolis.
58. CB Aaron Colvin, Jaguars
The slot corner played a key role in one of the NFL’s top defensive backfields.
68. S Tyvon Branch, Cardinals
The 10-year veteran started nine games before tearing his ACL.
76. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Giants
Another 10-year veteran on the market, Rodgers-Cromartie started the second-fewest games of his career (five) last season.
77. CB T.J. Carrie, Raiders
For the first time in his career, Carrie started every game in 2017, finishing with 70 tackles and nine passes defensed.
81. S Tavon Wilson, Lions
In two seasons with the Lions, Wilson started 23 games and compiled 144 tackles.
89. CB Johnathan Joseph, Texans
He’ll be entering his 12th season. He boasts 28 interceptions and six touchdowns.