Free Agency

2020 Browns free agency: Which pass rushers could make sense in Cleveland?

The new league year is just around the corner, and the Browns' roster could have a bit of a different look to it by this time next month.

Throughout the week, we're going to break down Cleveland's roster situation at each of its position groups and look across the league at the top names likely to hit free agency starting March 18.

We're continuing Thursday with a look at one of the deepest position groups on the free agent market, the edge rushers/defensive ends.

Who's back?

Myles Garrett - Before his third season was cut short because of a suspension, the former No. 1 pick compiled 10 sacks in 10 games with two forced fumbles.

Olivier Vernon - Acquired in the team's blockbuster trade that also landed Odell Beckham Jr., Vernon finished with just 3.5 sacks after missing most of the second half of the season with a knee injury.

Chad Thomas - After a quiet rookie year, Thomas was a reliable member of Cleveland's defensive line in 2019. He played in all 16 games with eight starts and finished with four sacks.

Porter Gustin - After signing with the team midway through the year, Gustin compiled seven tackles and a sack in six games.

Robert McCray - The late-season addition appeared in one game.

Trevon Young - Signed to a futures deal after the season.

Restricted Free Agents

Bryan Cox - He joined the Browns midway through the season and was thrust into a significant role after Garrett's suspension and Vernon's knee injury decimated Cleveland's depth on the D-line. Cox appeared in six games, started two and accounted for nine tackles and 0.5 sacks.

Top Defensive Ends/Edge Rushers Available (rankings from NFL.com's top 101 free agents)

3. Jadeveon Clowney, Seahawks - The former No. 1 pick had his lowest sack total since his rookie year but was still regarded as one of the most dangerous players at the position.

4. Shaq Barrett, Buccaneers - He had just 14 sacks in his first five NFL seasons but surpassed that with ease in 2019 with a whopping 19.5. He's likely to be handsomely rewarded for that surge.

5. Yannick Ngakoue, Jaguars - The 24-year-old has been a force from Day 1 and racked up 37.5 sacks in his first four seasons.

20. Bud Dupree, Steelers - Another player coming off a career year, Dupree will hit the market after amassing 11.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

26. Dante Fowler Jr., Rams - The former Jaguars' first-round pick found new life in Los Angeles, posting 11.5 sacks in his first full season with the Rams.

31. Jason Pierre-Paul, Buccaneers - The 11th-year veteran showed he's still got it in 2019, picking up 8.5 sacks in 10 games.

36. Everson Griffen, Vikings - His 10th season was another solid one, as Griffen showed little signs of slowing down. He's at 74.5 sacks for his career.

38. Robert Quinn, Cowboys - He's coming off one of his best seasons in years. He'll be highly coveted entering his 10th season.

54. Quinton Jefferson, Seahawks - A big-bodied, traditional defensive end, Jefferson was a regular starter the past two years in Seattle.

74. Derek Wolfe, Broncos - He's been a fixture on Denver's defense for the past eight years, racking up 33 sacks.

89. Michael Bennett, Cowboys - He's been on four different teams in the last four years and it could be five in five entering his 12th NFL season.

95. Emmanuel Ogbah, Chiefs - The former Browns second-round pick had a nice first season in Kansas City before suffering a chest injury.

99. Shaq Lawson, Bills - The former first-round pick didn't start any games in 2019 but finished with a career-best 6.5 sacks.

100. Mario Addison, Panthers - He has 55 sacks since entering the league in 2011 with 29.5 coming in the past three seasons.

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