The Cleveland Browns made a splash in the free agency frenzy yesterday, and rumored to not be done yet. At the 4 o’clock opening of free agency, the Cleveland Browns made deals with Cleveland native, Donte Whitner, and inside linebacker Karlos Dansby. The Browns have also offered a contract to restricted free agent Andre Hawkins. The Browns are not done yet either with rumors of trades with Tampa Bay for Darrelle Revis or landing a quarterback like Matt Schaub if he is released.
The Browns and Cleveland area are happy to welcome home Donte Whitner. Whitner, a Glenville High School and Ohio State Buckeye, was signed to a 4-year deal worth $28 million. Whitner is a hard-hitting safety that has the ability to cover as well. Whitner has 8 years of experience including three with the San Francisco 49ers. Hitner will bring in a veteran presence to the locker room. Whitner said yesterday that he is excited to come back to his home city and looks forward to helping turn the team around.
The Browns had to fill another huge presence loss by D’Qwell Jackson in Karlos Dansby. Dansby is older (turning 33 in November), but is coming off one of his best seasons in Arizona. Dansby was signed to a 4-year deal worth $24 million. Dansby is a bit faster than Jackson and is able to cover more ground. Dansby also has the ability to play pass coverage. Dansby recorded 4 interceptions last season, including two touchdowns. His experience also is something the Browns will look for him to bring into the locker room after losing Jackson.
The Browns then made news a few hours later with news that they offered wide receiver Andre Hawkins a deal. Hawkins is a restricted free agent with Cincinnati, which means the Bengals have up to 5-7 days to match the Browns’ offer. Sources haven’t said exactly how much the Browns have offered but that it is more than the Bengals are willing to give up. We will keep you updated on any further news with this.
The Browns also made news by trying to trade for Darrelle Revis. Revis, a shutdown corner with the Buccaneers, would make a great addition to the defensive back at the right price. Currently, Revis has a cap hit of about $16 million and isn’t willing to budge. If the Browns could talk him down and trade the Buccaneers for a small price, it would be a great idea. If not, we still have that money to throw around at other free agents such as a Matt Schaub. Revis will be let go today at 4 P.M. if no trades are made and will be open to sign with any team.