The Cleveland Browns recently hired new GM Andrew Berry and he did not waste anytime improving the roster.
Former Falcons 2x Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper signed a four-year deal, worth $44 million – making him the highest paid TE in the NFL. Hooper has had a terrific start to his four-year year career; improving in production every season.
Despite playing in 13 games last year due to injury, Hooper still earned a Pro Bowl spot; recording 75 receptions for 787 yards and 6 touchdowns.
It will be intriguing to see if the Browns will move on from former first-round pick TE David Njoku. Njoku, has one-year remaining on his rookie contract and could possibly be traded. The Browns also could choose to retain Njoku and run a 2-TE set.
Former Tennessee Titans offensive right tackle Jack Conklin is a MASSIVE addition – signing to a three-year, $42 million deal. The Browns offensive line was one of the worst in football, and protecting Baker Mayfield has been the focal point this offseason to address.
Conklin, is just 25-years-old and is in the prime of his career. The Browns desperately needed help at both left and right tackle; and this for sure answers one of their issues.
Cleveland also added former Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum. Keenum, signed a three-year, $18 million deal with $10M guaranteed. Keenum will provide an insurance backup incase Mayfield gets hurt, but more importantly will be a great mentor for Baker.
The Browns had a tremendous start to free agency – will see if they continue to make smart decisions while they continue to improve their roster going further.