Now that Browns training camp is in full-swing, many eyes will be upon which youthful guys the club will retain for development. Many young players, such as DT Danny Shelton and WR Corey Coleman, played quite a bit in their first and second seasons and have since blossomed into productive athletes.
And with this year’s draft crop coupled with several undrafted free-agent hopefuls, it is inevitable that there will be veteran cuts at some point. With some of the vets that will appear on the transaction wire, most fans will simply nod their heads and press on; yet there are those players who were earmarked at one point in time as becoming a key contributor, yet have fallen by the wayside for one reason or another.
What potential veteran players are most likely to get cut by the Browns this year? Let’s take a look.
DE Desmond Bryant
Bryant was an eighth round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2009, meaning the draft is only seven rounds and he was a free-agent signing. Extremely bright with good size (6-6, 310 lbs.), his four-year term with the Raiders provided 106 tackles and 11 ½ sacks. When he tested the free-agent market, the Browns decided those numbers equated to the five-year $34 million contract they offered and signed him to.
With the ability to play inside or outside, his first season in Cleveland netted 12 starts, 31 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He increased the number of tackles and sacks each of his last two healthy seasons, but is 114 total tackles and 14 ½ sacks worth the money they…
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