What's Next for the Cleveland Browns After Active Free Agency?

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What's Next for the Cleveland Browns After Active Free Agency?
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The Cleveland Browns were projected to be among the most active teams in free agency, and they certainly did not disappoint. General manager Ray Farmer made significant changes on both sides of the ball, signing linebacker Karlos Dansby, safety Donte Whitner, cornerback Isaiah Trufant, running back Ben Tate and wide receiver Andrew Hawkins.

The moves, of course, do not make the Browns an automatic contender heading into next season. Competition and depth is still a premium and another need was created after free agency started when the Browns released both Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell within 30 minutes of each other. The team needs to add a veteran to either back up or compete with Brian Hoyer for the starting job and, as always, the pressure is on Farmer to find the club’s quarterback of the future.

If this offseason has proven anything, it's that nothing is certain in Cleveland. The Browns would probably be wise to continue filling as many holes as possible via free agency, in order to further their ability to target the quarterback of their choice in the draft. With 10 draft picks and an overload of cap space, the Browns are still equipped to further improve a roster that produced five returning Pro Bowlers in 2013.

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