With the 2011 NFL draft now behind us, Browns fans are eagerly looking forward to free agency to fill the team's remaining needs. Unfortunately due to lockout conditions, we have no idea when (or if) the free-agency market will open for business.
It's tough to speculate on who the Browns might bring in through free agency with conditions such as they are (though many of us have certainly tried).
Still, we all have free agency on our minds, and the offseason rolls along. Since we can't actually make any moves on the open market at the moment, it seems like a good time to address the free-agency topic from a different angle: Current players on the Browns roster who were signed through free agency in the past.
Following are seven of the team's biggest contributors (or potential contributors in some cases) who came to the Browns through free agency. Some were URFAs or RFAs, and others were undrafted free agents. Not included here are players who were already in the Browns organization who later re-signed with the team after they entered free agency.
I believe the following seven are the most valuable former free agents currently with the team, though honorable mentions are in order for Robaire Smith, Brian Schaefering and if he ever gets healthy, Tony Pashos.
As always, your opinions are highly valued, so please share your thoughts on the players on the list or others who you think may have deserved to be there in the comments below.