The Cleveland Browns still have some work to do, but they're finally playing like a team on the verge of serious and lasting improvement.
But there are still a few pieces missing, and free agency could help to fill the gaps. The Browns front office is notorious for emphasizing the importance of the draft over free agency, and there are a few players the team must keep before it concentrates on new acquisitions. However, this young team could benefit from some veteran leadership.
In the short term, the Browns need to concentrate on re-signing Phil Dawson, Ben Watson, Josh Cribbs and Sheldon Brown. Beyond that, there are plenty of options to strengthen an already steadily improving roster.
Immediate needs on offense: blocking, right-side pass protection and a veteran receiver. Immediate needs on defense: preventing big gains on the ground and getting to the opposing quarterback. Immediate needs in my tummy: hot chocolate.
While I take care of that situation, here are the lucky seven free agents the Browns should consider to supplement this talented young squad.