NFL Free Agency 2012: 5 Missing Pieces the Cleveland Browns Can Still Get

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NFL Free Agency 2012: 5 Missing Pieces the Cleveland Browns Can Still Get
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"Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything, or creating anything. Period. If you ain't desperate at some point, you ain't interesting."—Jim Carrey

I've said it before, I'll say it again: The Cleveland Browns front office sent a message to their team, fans and opponents when they drafted the 28-year-old Brandon Weeden.

We believe we have the team to win. Right now.

A bold statement, to be sure, from an organization averaging 4.5 wins a season over the previous four campaigns.

Team President Mike Holmgren arrived in Cleveland with the explicit expectation that the avowed quarterback guru would slam the Browns' infamous QB carousel shut.

Enter the selection of Brandon Weeden out of Oklahoma State, a move with Holmgren's fingerprints all over it.

The Browns addressed apparent needs like right tackle and running back in the early selections, but what personnel upgrades could the club make between OTA's and training camp? Cleveland must compensate for unforeseen vulnerabilities like defensive tackle—as a result of Phil Taylor's torn pectoral—and outside linebacker—from Scott Fujita's pending four-game suspension.

Additionally, the transition to the West Coast offense will put a premium on quality wide receivers; the Browns must load up at the position in a manner not unlike New England, Philadelphia or even Baltimore.

Draft picks Travis Benjamin, John Hughes and James Michael Johnson should contribute at receiver, defensive tackle and linebacker, respectively. The Browns could use a veteran presence at any of the above positions, for the right price.

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