As we approach what appears, at long last, to be the end of the lockout, what our teams will do in free agency is at the forefront of our minds.
For months now, we've all had a wish list for our top choice free agent at every position where our team needs help, and probably a couple of backup options at each spot as well.
In a perfect world, we'd get our priority guy at every position (or at least our second choice), but finances and competition from other teams generally ensure that we can't get every free agent at the top of our wish list.
And sometimes, we're left in a spot where the pickings are very, very slim, and we don't really get what we want at all.
But disappointed or no, we still have to fill those holes on our roster. As much I, like everyone else, don't enjoy making a worst-case scenario free agent wish list, we'd all be fools not to have a contingency plan.
Following are a few examples of worst-case scenario options in free agency for five positions where the Browns have needs. It probably isn't fair to call these players truly "worst-case" options, as all are still desirable players with something to offer. Perhaps more accurate, they are the worst-case options among players who are still plenty capable of doing the job we need them to do.
This doesn't address every position where the Browns could use free agent help, but touches on five where they absolutely need to make sure they make a move of some sort.
Note that this piece takes into account only regular free agents with NFL service time and not undrafted free agents.
Please share your own worst case scenario free agent targets in the comments below!