Browns entering pivotal offseason stretch with NFL Combine, free agency approaching

The Browns will head to Indianapolis next week for the NFL's annual scouting combine. It also marks the start of a potentially pivotal stretch for Cleveland this offseason.

That sentiment was made clear by Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Browns earlier this year at the team's end-of-the-season press conference.

"I hope that this is a big offseason for us. We have positioned ourselves well. We can add some talent in the draft, and we look forward to exploring what is available to us when we see what is out there in free agency as well," Brown said in January.

"We do hope to transform our roster to an extent towards a positive and add a lot of young talent."

It's a process that runs through the bowels of Lucas Oil Stadium. The combine — which starts Tuesday  — offers the Browns another chance to see some of the nation's best college prospects.

Brown and head coach Hue Jackson are also set to address the news media. Brown is scheduled to speak Wednesday at noon and Jackson on Thursday at 9 a.m. NFL Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the weeklong event.

Not long after, free agency opens up on March 9, though teams can begin discussions with agents two days earlier. And the Browns, who own the most cap space of any club, will be "appropriately aggressive" when it comes to keeping their own players and acquiring talent.

"We want to take aggressive shots to add talent to the roster, whether that is at the trade deadline, free agency or in the draft," Brown said.

"The draft is going to be our primary pipeline of talent to the roster, but it is not going to be an exclusive pipeline. We are going to go out and look at all of the opportunities that are available to us come March." ​

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