New Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam Has Only Two Options

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New Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam Has Only Two Options
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Jimmy Haslam will be voted in as Browns Owner Oct. 16.

NEWS FLASH—The Browns are not going to make the playoffs any time soon.

After you recover from the news, give this some thought. His choices going forward are these: Do what you can to improve the 2012 Browns or let things ride as they are and use the top draft pick to change the future of the franchise.

By the middle of October when he takes power, there will be very few free agents or coaching prospects available.  His options are very limited.  Mr. Haslam clearly realizes that.  He might be able to convince a handful of free agents that are older than rock to come back for one last part of a season.  Those names would include LB E.J. Henderson,  FS Oshiomogho Atogwe, WR Chad Johnson, TE Kellen Winslow and OG Stacy Andrews.

Would that group of players increase our chances of winning two or three more games?  Maybe, but I would not put much money on that.  Right now I suspect the Browns will win two games the way things are going.  That would mean they might win five or six games this year.

The down side is that young players like our WRs, O-line and OLBs will not get any better.  In addition there is almost no chance of any of the above players lasting more than a year.  So there would be little or no carryover to 2013.

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