Now that the Cleveland Browns have a head coach and most of their staff, they can enter free agency with somewhat of a direction. A coach’s systems often dictate what type of players the team will pursue.
New head coach Mike Pettine told Ohio.com during his introductory press conference that he will decide what systems will be ran only after they complete an evaluation of the roster:
I’m not one to speak on what we’ll be running because, again, that’s going to be based on an evaluation of the roster. I’ve always been of the mindset that you never fit your players to your system; you fit your system to your players.
When the coaches finish their evaluation periods, the front office will start debating who is worth the money and who is not. Teams can build depth and even add impact players through free agency, but they can also crush their salary-cap flexibility.
That is the tight rope that the Browns must walk this offseason.
As dangerous as it may be, they need to pony up the cash to make some key signings. Even though they have 10 draft picks, they need veteran leadership and guys who can be productive right away.
Here are six realistic splashes the Browns can make in free agency when it kicks off on March 11.