The Browns have a lot of cap space and it is expected that they will use a solid amount of it. GM John Dorsey showed last year that he was not afraid to make a big move if he felt it was needed when he went out and traded for QB Tyrod Taylor and WR Jarvis Landry. The Browns have a few positions of need and in this article, the scenario I am suggesting is that the Browns will sign LB C.J. Mosley, QB Ryan Griffin, and LB Clay Matthews Jr.
Signing Mosley would be a coup for the Browns. Mosley was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens with the 17th overall pick in the 2014 draft. Of his five seasons in the NFL, he has been named to the Pro Bowl four times. He is an impactful player at a position the Browns need to upgrade. Last year, LB Jamie Collins had games where he looked lost on the field and both Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey dealt with injury issues.
In his 10 career games against the Browns, Mosley has 63 tackles and two interceptions. He also has some playoff experience, which is something that will be helpful as the Browns take the next step in an attempt to make the playoffs in 2019. Adding Mosley not only helps the Browns but hurts their division rival Baltimore Ravens.
While the name Ryan Griffin may not mean anything to many football fans, signing him as a backup quarterback would be a good move. Griffin was an undrafted free agent out of Tulane. In his four years in college, he passed for over 9,000 yards and threw 56 touchdowns. He was most recently the third-string quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played under new Browns OC Todd Monken. As a career back-up and only 29 years old, Griffin can come in for a low price.
Finally, bringing in Clay Matthews III would have a dual purpose. First of all, he is a good player; second of all, he can play in Cleveland like his father Clay Matthews Jr. The first reason is a legitimate reason why John Dorsey would possibly be interested in Matthews, the second is a fun aspect for us fans to talk about.
The younger Matthews was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 2009 NFL Draft. The Director of College Scouting for the Packers at the time was John Dorsey. Additionally, the Assistant Director of Pro Personnel for the Packers at the time was Eliot Wolf, who is currently the Assistant GM for the Browns. Matthews was a part of the 2010 Packers team who won the Super Bowl and has been named to the Pro Bowl six times.
In his 10 seasons in the NFL, Matthews has had 83.5 sacks, six interceptions, 15 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He is not the tackling machine that C.J. Mosley is and at this point of his career, Matthews would be mostly a situational pass-rusher. Additionally, he has played both inside and outside linebacker during his career which helps show his versatility.
Signing Mosley, Griffin and Matthews would improve the Browns from last season as well as be moves that are realistic. Mosley and Matthews have playoff experience which will help the young Browns team as they ascend towards the playoffs. As for Griffin, getting a backup quarterback older than QB Baker Mayfield and younger than QB Drew Stanton can be helpful for years to come.