Cleveland Browns Should Make a Strong Push for Antrel Rolle
Rolle, an alternate in the recent 2010 Pro Bowl, is an intriguing thought. In 2009, Rolle racked up 72 tackles, eight pass deflections, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and four interceptions.
He is exactly what the Cleveland Browns need! Help in their secondary.
First, we will take a look at the Browns secondary as a whole. As of now, Eric Wright is the only good player the Browns have in their secondary. Abe Elam is tolerable and Mike Adams is a solid backup, but everyone else falls short of expectations.
Brandon McDonald is not starter-worthy, Mike Furrey shouldn't be playing safety, Corey Ivy and Hank Poteat are washed up, etc. I'm still undecided on Coye Francies.
So, the Browns only have one true starter in their secondary. It seems apparent that the Browns want to fix this problem via the draft and free agency. Many mock drafts have them taking cornerback Joe Haden if safety Eric Berry doesn't fall into their hands.
Now back to Rolle. He may be the best deepback heading into free agency. The Browns have a vacant spot at free safety where Rolle played with the Cardinals. The only question is, "Will he sign with Cleveland?"
I wouldn't expect it to be his first choice but he would have a lot to think about. For one, he gets a starting role on a team where he would be one of the faces of the defense and maybe even the team.
The additions of Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert in the front office and 11 draft picks put the Browns in position as a team on the rise, and Rolle may want to be a part of that.
Many wouldn't think so, but the Josh Cribbs situation actually helps out this scenario. Holmgren fired Antonetti for her insulting offer to Cribbs and now Holmgren is fixing her mistake. The message sent here is Cleveland cares about it players.
Simply put, the Browns have an opportunity to acquire a player who can dramatically improve their defense/team as a whole and with Heckertt on the lookout to improve his new team, anything is possible.
Before I'm finished, picture this. The Browns sign Rolle to a contract and follow that up by drafting Joe Haden. Then they land Brandon Spikes in the second round, followed up by a good SS later in the draft.
The Browns best starters last season were Eric Wright, Kamerion Wimbley, Shaun Rogers, and D'Qwell Jackson (despite Rogers' and Jackson's injuries). Imagine throwing Rolle, Haden, Spikes, and a early- to mid-round safety into the defense nucleas.
Their defense would be ranked somewhere in the top 20 worst-case scenario, and somewhere 10-15 would be a good possibility, not to mention the team is still very young.
Whether they sign Rolle, attempt to sign Rolle, or throw the idea out the window, I have faith in Holmgren and Heckert no matter what they choose to do. I just can't help myself from the ideas that pop into my head.
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