Browns will explore every avenue to improve their roster in 2021

Jessica Wong

CLEVELAND, Ohio — There are plenty of roster-building philosophies out there when it comes to the NFL, but there are three main ways to accomplish all of them — the draft, free agency and trades. The Browns will likely be aggressive in all three this offseason as they look to […]

CLEVELAND, Ohio — There are plenty of roster-building philosophies out there when it comes to the NFL, but there are three main ways to accomplish all of them — the draft, free agency and trades.

The Browns will likely be aggressive in all three this offseason as they look to make the jump from wild card team to bona fide Super Bowl contender.

It starts of course, with trades and free agency. The Browns likely won’t go on a spending bonanza, but we saw in 2019 they won’t be shy about addressing certain needs by throwing a little money at them.

What you should really watch is the trade market. The Browns and GM Andrew Berry will try to take advantage of teams looking to move off money in a quest to add young talent in areas of need. They could also use players they have to acquire additional picks if they want to reconfigure how and where they spend their money, especially with extensions on the horizon.

Then, of course, the draft, where the Browns could turn to the trade market again to maneuver to just the right spot to add a player they like or to add more draft capital down the road.

Mary Kay Cabot, Ellis Williams and I talked through all three roster phases for the Browns. First, Odell Beckham Jr.’s future. Then, Ellis talked defenders in the draft and whether the Browns would draft a linebacker in the first round. Lastly, we named three free agents worth circling.

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