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Opinion: Grading Every Browns Move Thus Far

5.) Browns sign DE Chris Smith, 3 years 14 million

Grade: B+

Carl Nassib and Nate Orchard have not done much as backup pass rushers for the defense since they were drafted. Finding a replacement especially at pass rusher is usually not cheap. While his 3 sacks last year do not sound like much, that would have tied him for fifth on the Browns last season and that is with him not starting a single game either. To take away from a divisional opponent and not overpay a pass rusher is a pretty good deal to me.

6.) Browns sign OT Donald Stephenson, 1 year 2.5 million

Grade: C-

This was the first move by the Browns I was not a fan of but it is one that really won’t matter much either. Dorsey had plenty of money to spend so one year and 2.5 million is no big deal but Stephenson isn’t very good. He has never really latched on as a starter anywhere and should only serve as depth. With Hubbard, Coleman, and Drango already here and possibly drafting a LT, did they really need to spend 2.5 million for a fifth tackle instead of possibly drafting someone else late for much cheaper and develop them?

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While a pharmacy major at Toledo by day, Brandon Urasek is now making his mark in the journalism scene specializing in fantasy football and all things Cleveland sports. A five time fantasy football league champ and two time runner-up in ten tries, Brandon strives to help people with their lineups each week in both personal and weekly fantasy leagues in addition to covering the other various Cleveland teams. Follow Brandon on twitter @burasek10

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  1. John

    March 17, 2018 at 9:28 am

    You were doing good until the Joe Thomas assessment. “I’m glad he took his time and came up with a decision that was best for him”. Wow, sounds really selfish. Joe took his ball and went home. Let’s celebrate.

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