Jets-Browns Rumors: What's Going On?

Cory HolibaughCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2009

When the Cleveland Browns signed Eric Mangini as their head coach, they apparently signed a great deal of Jets players.

Heading into this offseason, Mangini knew he had many pressing needs. So far, he has signed multiple free agents—most being ex-Jets. None have been huge signings, but instead, depth moves.

Mangini started the Jets-to-Browns frenzy with the signing of defensive lineman CJ Mosley. Mosley isn't shaping up to be a starter, but a depth piece to Cleveland's defensive line and nothing more.

Then the Browns welcomed in cornerback Hank Poteat. Similar to Mosley, Poteat is looking to be a depth player behind youngsters Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald.

From there, Mangini brought in linebacker David Bowens. Bowens can play inside linebacker, outside linebacker, and defensive end. His versatility could help the Browns in many ways. In addition, he is also a strong special teams player.

The most recent Jet to become a Brownie is linebacker Eric Barton. Barton, the only signee with starter potential, recorded 119 tackles and 1.5 sacks in sixteen games last season all in which he started. As of now, it seems Barton will start opposite D'qwell Jackson.

Barton being signed makes it evident Aaron Curry is off the Browns radar. Now the Browns can address another need with the number five overall pick. Possibly Brian Orakpo or trade for more picks.

Other free agents the Browns have signed are tight end Robert Royal and and offensive lineman Floyd Womack. Royal will compete with Steve Heiden and Martin Rucker for the starting tight end job. Womack could possibly be a starter with the release of Kevin Shaffer.

The one free agent Jet that Mangini should have signed was wide receiver Laveranues Coles. With the release of Joe Jurevicious and Donte Stallworth's incident in Miami, a receiver sounds more and more needed as the offseason goes on. Coles would be good opposite Braylon Edwards.

The Browns have many more needs so what other free agents are in their future? Could any of them be ex-Jets?


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