There are a total of 13 unrestricted free agents and a real possibility exists that none of them will be re-signed.
New management more often than not means fresh faces on the field, as different schemes are implemented on both sides of the ball.
Below is a complete list of the Browns' UFAs and what their likely fate will be.
Unrestricted Free Agents
Josh Cribbs (KR/WR) - The most beloved player since the 1999 expansion, Josh Cribbs' days as a Brown are numbered and he knows it.
The versatile playmaker told Cleveland's 92.3 The Fan that he is willing to give a hometown discount to stay with the only team he has ever known. Doesn't sound like someone confident that a new deal can be hammered out.
Injuries and fumbles increased in 2012 and although the kick/punt return yards numbers were strong, Cribbs simply is not explosive enough anymore.
Can he be used in other aspects of the offense? Yes. Will he? At 30, there are younger options available, and the club is going to let him test the market.
Sheldon Brown (CB) - There has been no talk publicly of moving Brown over to free safety, and his diminishing speed means the days of playing outside cornerback are over.
CEO Joe Banner got rid of him once when the pair were in Philadelphia. It will be deja vu for No. 24.
Benjamin Watson (TE) - It would make life a whole lot easier on the new coaching staff if Watson came back as tight end.
He was a reliable target for Brandon Weeden and stayed healthy the entire season. Keeping the veteran would buy time for Jordan Cameron and a 2013 draft pick to develop gradually.
Ultimately, Watson is going to be allowed to walk away in favor of the club testing the open TE market.
Phil Dawson (K) - Coming off of a Pro Bowl season, if Dawson wants to come back to kick in Cleveland, then Joe Banner needs to figure out a way to get a deal done. The question is whether "Phil the Foot" is interested in returning.
Scott Fujita (LB) - Will most likely retire because of neck/shoulder injuries.
Reggie Hodges (P) - Never recovered from that season-ending Achilles injury in 2011. Time to go in a new direction.
Brandon Jackson (RB) - Barely played, let him walk.
Josh Johnson (QB) - Does he even count?
Kaluka Maiava (LB) - Keep. Maiava stepped up when injuries hit the linebacker corps in 2012. He's undersized, but is a gamer and can still be an asset.
Mohamed Massaquoi (WR) - The potential never developed because of various ailments. Browns don't renew him and instead go in a different veteran receiver direction.
Juqua Parker (DE) - Will suffer the same fate as Frostee Rucker. If Cleveland remained a 4-3 defense, then re-signing would have made sense.
Alex Smith (TE) - He won't be an immediate re-sign, however, Smith's blocking abilities may prove vital depending on what free agent tight end the team acquires.
Raymond "Bubba" Ventrone (S) - A lifer special-teams player and 30 years old add up to giving his spot to an incoming draft pick.