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2020 free agency preview: Which Browns are set for free agency?

The Combine is in the rearview mirror and the new league year is fast approaching. That means, for a few brief weeks, the NFL's collective focus shifts from the players of the future to the players of the present who are poised to hit the open market.

That all begins Wednesday, March 18. Over the next week, we'll be breaking down some potential options for Cleveland position-by-position from all across the league. 

First, though, we're looking at the current Browns who are headed toward free agency. Of note: Up until the new league year begins, the Browns have the exclusive ability to re-sign any of these players if they choose to do so.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

(These players are free to sign anywhere when the new league year commences March 18)

S Juston Burris

Burris nearly made the 53-man roster out of training camp but was ultimately released. He returned via waivers Week 3 when the team was in a serious bind because of injuries. He finished the year with nine starts in 14 games, 32 tackles and two interceptions.

WR Rashard Higgins

After a breakout 2018, Higgins was hampered by a knee injury in the first half of the season and saw limited action during the second half. His highlight was a game-winning touchdown catch against the Bills in Week 10.

S Eric Murray

Acquired from the Chiefs in a trade for DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Murray helped the Browns as both a safety and nickel cornerback. He missed most of the second half of the season with a knee injury. 

S Damarious Randall

Since he was acquired in a March 2018 trade with the Packers, Randall has been the Browns' every-game starter at free safety whenever he was healthy and active. After playing in 15 games and intercepting four passes in 2018, Randall started and played in 11 games this past season.

OT Greg Robinson

The former No. 2 overall pick had an up-and-down 2019 that saw him briefly benched in favor of Justin McCray. He started 22 games at left tackle over the past two seasons.

QB Drew Stanton

The veteran backup hasn't seen the field since joining the Browns in 2018. He was a healthy, third-string option in his first season behind Baker Mayfield and Tyrod Taylor and was on injured reserve for most of last season because of a knee injury.

LB Joe Schobert

The Pro Bowl linebacker has been Cleveland's leading tackler for each of the past three seasons. This past year was, perhaps, his best, as he finished with 133 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.

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RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

(These players are free to sign an offer sheet with another team, but the Browns have the right to match such an offer)

DE Bryan Cox

He joined the Browns midway through the season and was thrust into a significant role after Myles Garrett's suspension and Olivier 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.

RB Kareem Hunt

After serving an eight-game suspension to start the year, Hunt played a big role in Cleveland's offense as a pass-catcher, blocker and runner. He rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns while catching 37 passes for 285 yards and another score.

OL Justin McCray

Acquired in a preseason trade, McCray did a little bit of everything for the Browns at a variety of positions. He wound up starting four games and appeared in 15 as both a guard and tackle.

TE Ricky Seals-Jones 

Claimed off waivers right before the season, Seals-Jones took on a bigger role after David Njoku's injury and developed a nice rapport with Mayfield before suffering a midseason injury of his own. He finished with 14 receptions, 229 yards and a career-best four touchdowns.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

(These players can only sign with the Browns, unless the team decides not to tender a qualifying offer to them by March 18)

TE Pharaoh Brown

Primarily used as a blocker, Brown appeared in nine games with six starts. He caught two passes for 27 yards.

RB Dontrell Hilliard

The second-year player helped the Browns as both a running back and return man. He ran it 13 times for 49 yards and two touchdowns while returning 15 punts and 17 kickoffs, including a 74-yarder against the Seahawks.

WR KhaDarel Hodge

Claimed off waivers before the season, Hodge provided his biggest impact on special teams, where he was one of the team's core players. He also caught four passes for 76 yards, including a 41-yarder against the Steelers.

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