As the lockout ended on July 25, the Browns faced another challenge on the horizon: free agency. There are many questions raised due to the longevity of the lockout, and this week many of these questions will be answered. For the Browns those answers could not come any sooner.
This free agency class features tons of good players, and many could help the Browns this upcoming season. Read on and find out in the slideshow!
Mathias Kiwanuka has played for the New York Giants the last five years, and was drafted by the Giants 2006.
He is a decent, but unspectacular defensive end, having posted 23.5 sacks, 166 tackles, with 53 assists. His career high season was in 2008, where he posted 8.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and 35 tackles, with 16 assists.
He wouldn't be a home run in terms of signing him, but he would a solid addition to an average defensive line.
Donte Whitner has played for the Buffalo Bills the last five years, and is an above average safety despite not great in coverage.
Whitner is a hard-hitting safety, as evidenced by his career stat in tackles of 321. He would be a decent addition as T.J. Ward had a rookie season last year.
Ray Edwards is a very good defensive end, having posted 29.5 sacks in his young career along with 139 tackles and with 41 assists.
Ray Edwards may come at an high cost, but his stats and his play shows how good of an defensive end he is.
Kirk Morrison has played for the Raiders, and most recently, the Jaguars. Morrison has six years of experience and has played in the 4-3 system. He also has 560 tackles, with 160 assists and six fumbles.
With his experience in the 4-3 system, Morrison would be a viable asset to a already growing and young defense.
James Jones has played four years with the Packers, posting 2,069 yards with 13 touchdowns and an 35.7 yard average.
James Jones has shown potential to be an breakout star, but his inconsistency with catching the ball has hindered his potential.
The Browns could potentially take a chance on Jones, and could be rewarded very well.