Once teams can officially sign free agents, even the best laid plans can go to the wayside. There is no telling what will happen in negotiations because they are a two-way street. The Cleveland Browns could have plans on signing every top free agent available, but plans are not reality.
Players like free agency because they can choose where they want to play and usually make much more money. The state of the team, cap space and even city location can all play into a free agent’s decision.
So every team needs a solid backup plan. When things get unpredictable, it is the teams with the best backup plan in the draft and free agency that usually have the best offseason.
Let’s take a look at some players who could qualify as backup plans for the Browns as free agency is set to begin Tuesday.