CLEVELAND, Ohio — In today’s Hey, Mary Kay! I respond to questions about Jadeveon Clowney, John Johnson III and Troy Hill, and extra.
Hey, Mary Kay: What is this obsession with Jadeveon Clowney? The Browns need to depend themselves fortunate that they didn’t signal him last year, mainly because they’d be trapped with a agreement that did not match the player’s manufacturing. If Andrew Berry is committed to signing Clowney, it need to be primarily based upon incentives because of Clowney’s lengthy record of accidents and his creation not matching his expertise. — Steven C., Beavercreek, Ohio
Hey, Steven: I feel ‘obsessed’ is as well strong a word. I feel the Browns would like to indication him if he’s healthful and if the price tag is proper. If he’s totally recovered from his surgically-fixed torn meniscus, he can be a power off the edge for the Browns, both in phrases of disrupting the quarterback and stopping the operate. Considering that currently being drafted No. 1 overall in 2014, he’s been a 95th-percentile run defender, in accordance to Pro Football Emphasis. He was also the site’s fourth-very best no cost agent edge defender, and 19th total in the league last period even with taking part in in only 8 online games and not notching a sack. If Clowney, who turned 28 in February, checks out medically, I consider he’d be a fantastic acquisition, in particular on an incentive-laden one particular-calendar year offer somewhere around $6.5 million. The Browns liked him a ton last 12 months and continue to like him if he’s great to go. He’d complement Myles Garrett perfectly, and would prosper in Joe Woods’ protection.
Hey, Mary Kay: Did John Johnson III and Troy Hill perform their discounts in tandem, planning on going to the similar business when they entered no cost company? Fundamentally, did the Browns get Johnson due to the fact he understood we exactly where signing Hill? And did Hill indication mainly because he knew about Johnson? Because in equally of their emphasize reels, where by there is 1, the other is not considerably guiding earning performs. They perform off 1 a different extremely nicely. — Dana Merrick, Hamler, Ohio
Hey, Dana: No, Johnson and Hill were being not a package deal deal. Johnson had no strategy Hill would adhere to him to Cleveland just 4 times immediately after he agreed to terms. In fact, he explained he didn’t think Hill when he initially advised him he was signing right here. Hill of course knew Johnson was listed here when he signed, but that’s not why he’s below. He would’ve taken the two-yr deal value $9 million deal even if his previous Rams teammate weren’t a Brown. But now that a they’re here jointly, I’ll imagine they’ll make a terrific backfield tandem. Johnson named the defensive alerts for the Rams and Hill will know exactly where to be. They will play well off just about every other, just like did for the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL very last year.
Hey, Mary Kay: If the Browns indication Jadeveon Clowney, do we go corner in the initially spherical ? — Eric Lee, Mansfield, Ohio
Hey, Eric: If the Browns indicator Clowney, he will most likely be a great one-year remedy alongside with Takk McKinley on the edge. But it won’t preclude the Browns from signing an additional pass-rusher in this prosperous 2021 course. There are many who could be around close to No. 26 or with a trade up, together with Michigan’s Kwity Paye and Georgia’s Azeez Olujari. The Browns will have to plan for the future at the placement, so it just can’t be ruled out. But they also would not be pressured to consider one particular high, and that leaves open most other positions in the first spherical. The great point for the Browns is that they do not have a evident gap at any situation, and can allow the draft tumble to them. They really don’t need to have receivers this yr, but it’s a receiver-loaded class, and they do have to have to assume about daily life just after Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. Nearly anything at all can however materialize at No. 26.
Hey, Mary Kay: What do you forecast our document for following yr will be? And will be will the AFC North? — Steve “Gucci” McCoy, West Des Moines, Iowa
Hey, Steve: My early assumed is that the Browns will acquire 10 or 11 online games this period and possibly earn the division. There will typically very likely be 17 video games, so I could see them going 11-6. I’ll have a improved come to feel for it once some of the commencing quarterbacks are decided for teams these as the Patriots and Texans. The plan is also harder this year, with street opponents these as the Chiefs and Packers. As for the AFC North, I could see the Browns heading 4–2, beating each individual opponent at the very least once and potentially the Bengals two times.
Hey, Mary Kay: Why does the nationwide NFL media gloss about the losses of both the Ravens and the Steelers from free company, retirement, or currently being minimize owing to cap room? To me, it seems both equally of their defenses have been actually hurt, with the Ravens getting rid of two top pass rushers and the Steelers losing Bud Dupree and chopping a high-quality cornerback in Steve Nelson. Also Ben’s stability blanket in Maurkice Pouncey retiring. Am I completely wrong in thinking this will definitely hurt them equally? — Rick Cain, Lincoln, Nebraska
Hey, Rick: All 3 of the other groups in the AFC North lost some significant-title gamers, while the Browns did not. It would seem like they’d be harm by their net losses, but it is dependent on their depth and how effectively they draft. By some means, the Ravens and Steelers often manage to area outstanding defenses inspite of important departures these kinds of as Dupree, Matt Judon, Yannick Ngakoue and much more. It is a testomony to their drafting. The Steelers definitely have to have to aid Ben Roethlisberger with a operating activity to earn this time. The Browns just may possibly be the group to defeat this yr.
Hey, Mary Kay: The Browns are certainly incredibly interested in Jadeveon Clowney, but in the scenario he doesn’t sign, who else will be on the Browns radar? — Logan Shaffer, Louisville, Ohio
Hey, Logan: There are not quite a few options still left in no cost company. If Clowney does not sign, I believe the Browns will depend on Takk McKinley to be a key section of the finish rotation and then draft a further edge rusher, quite possibly in the initial spherical. They could also test to trade for a single, but groups never normally trade good pass rushers. There are rumors that Vikings premier conclude Danielle Hunter is unhappy in Minnesota, but they’d very likely be extra inclined to re-do his offer than trade him.
Hey, Mary Kay: Rashard Higgins certainly has a wonderful link with Baker and has manufactured some unforgettable plays in the previous two to three a long time. What will make the corporation so hesitant to indication him to a multi-year offer? I imagined it’s possible he would get at minimum two many years. —Brian Duskey, Norton, Ohio
Hey, Brian: A just one-calendar year offer is basically a gain-earn for both equally sides this year, since Higgins will have a probability to generate yet again and strike the industry when teams aren’t as cap-strapped as they have been this offseason. The receiver sector was depressed, and the dollars just wasn’t there. If he can get good playing time with Odell Beckham Jr. back again from his torn ACL, Higgins will have a likelihood to return below for a modest income once again, or probably signal a extra profitable offer in other places.
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