NFL Free Agency: Ranking the 6 Players the Cleveland Browns Must Target During the 2022 NFL Offseason

The Cleveland Browns entered the 2021 NFL season with high expectations, only to post an 8-9 record and miss the playoffs. Head coach Kevin Stefanski and company must be looking to turn the corner in 2022. However, to do that, general manager Andrew Berry and the front office must do some serious moving and shaking in NFL free agency.

The Browns will have big decisions to make in the offseason and some massive holes to fill. They have just over $30.2 million in cap space. If Cleveland plays its cards right, it could be a playoff contender in 2022. Six players should be on the Browns’ radar in the 2022 NFL offseason.

Titans linebacker Harold Landry III and Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin could land with the Browns in NFL free agency
Harold Landry III of the Tennessee Titans looks on during game against the Indianapolis Colts | Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images; Chris Godwin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lines up against the LA Rams | Harry How/Getty Images

6. DT Larry Ogunjobi, Cincinnati Bengals

The Cleveland Browns made some changes to their defensive line before the 2021 season, but the front line failed to live up to expectations. Defensive tackles Malik Jackson and Malik McDowell each had their moments but struggled to maintain consistency in run-stopping efforts.

Cleveland was a middle-of-the-pack run defense, allowing 109.2 yards per game. However, the defensive line will need to be more stout to make the playoffs in 2022. Cleveland will have multiple options to bolster its front in NFL free agency.

Larry Ogunjobi played his first four seasons with the Browns before joining the Cincinnati Bengals in 2021. The Charlotte product recorded 49 tackles, 16 quarterback hits, and seven sacks in 16 games. He could be a relatively cheap option for Cleveland, as the team has more pressing needs right now.

5. CB Kyle Fuller, Denver Broncos

Today’s NFL is a passing league, so teams can never have too much depth in the secondary. With the explosive pieces in Baltimore and Cincinnati, it would be wise for Andrew Berry to address this position group in NFL free agency.

Cleveland allowed the fifth-least passing yards to opposing offenses in 2021 (202.2 yards per game). However, the Browns gave up 29 passing touchdowns, which tied for ninth-most in the league. The defense undoubtedly has some nice pieces in cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greg Newsome II. Still, having that depth would solidify the unit.

Kyle Fuller had some struggles in his first season with the Denver Broncos. However, he’s a two-time Pro Bowler and can make plays in coverage and the run game. Cleveland won’t need Fuller to be a star, but he could provide experience and veteran leadership.

4. Outside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, Green Bay Packers

Packers linebacker De'Vondre Campbell in action against the Ravens
De’Vondre Campbell of the Green Bay Packers looks on during game against the Baltimore Ravens | Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers got more than they bargained for with De’Vondre Campbell. The sixth-year man out of Minnesota enjoyed the best season of his career with the NFC North champions. Campbell finished with 146 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks, and two forced fumbles.

Coming off his first All-Pro campaign, Campbell could be in line for a big payday. Cleveland needs to bolster its entire front seven and should strongly consider the Packers linebacker.

Pro Football Focus gave Campbell a grade of 85.8 for the season. He’s an athletic linebacker who could strengthen the corps that currently features Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Anthony Walker Jr.

3. WR Allen Robinson II, Chicago Bears

Wide receiver is the most glaring need for the Browns heading into NFL free agency. The Odell Beckham Jr. experiment didn’t work out, leading to his midseason release. Five-time Pro Bowler Jarvis Landry has seen his numbers decrease over the past two seasons.

If Cleveland wants to get the most out of Baker Mayfield, the front office must put more talent on the field. Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz are solid young pieces, but neither projects as a No. 1 receiver. That’s where Allen Robinson II comes in.

The Chicago Bears wideout struggled in 2021. He caught just 38 passes for 410 yards and one touchdown in 12 games. Matt Nagy’s offensive scheme and uncertainty at quarterback played parts in Robinson’s down year. The Penn State product likely needs a fresh start to get his groove back. He also could come cheaper, thanks to the rough season.

2. EDGE Harold Landry III, Tennessee Titans

Jadeveon Clowney is one of the Cleveland Browns’ most notable free agents, and it’s no guarantee that he’ll be back in 2022. The eighth-year pass rusher appeared to be a good fit opposite All-Pro Myles Garrett. He put together a solid season, recording 37 tackles and nine sacks.

Even though Clowney thrived in Cleveland, Harold Landry III presents an opportunity to get younger on the edge. The Tennessee Titans edge defender is coming off a breakout season. Landry registered 75 tackles, 22 quarterback hits, and 12 sacks in 2021 en route to his first Pro Bowl nod.

Landry is an athletic player who would be an excellent get for a defense that has to see Joe Burrow and Lamar Jackson twice a year. He’d make the Browns’ pass rush even more dangerous.

1. WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chris Godwin would be the ideal free-agent pickup for the Cleveland Browns. As earlier stated, upgrading at wide receiver should be priority No. 1 in NFL free agency. That is if the Browns want Baker Mayfield to ever live up to the No. 1 overall draft pick tag.

The only concern with Godwin is that he’s coming off a torn ACL. As long as he returns healthy, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout should once again be one of the most productive receivers in the NFL. Godwin caught 98 passes for 1,103 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games.

Godwin has the skillset to go to Cleveland and immediately become the No. 1 receiver. The Browns boast one of the best one-two punches at running back in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Now it’s time to add some firepower in the passing game.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference and contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.

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