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Ranking the Current Crop of Browns 2016 Free Agent Pickups

When the Browns said they were going to rebuild from the ground up, they weren’t joking.

In what’s been a head-scratching offseason, Cleveland hasn’t retained a single player from its roster last season. Outside of cutting bait with Dwayne Bowe and “number two”, the team has made some peculiar decisions.

Most recently this weekend, the Browns released veteran safety and Northeast Ohio native Donte Whitner. The day before, they parted ways with Ifo Ekpre-Olumu, a promising draft pick from 2015 that’s on the comeback from a torn ACL in college.

While it’s understandable to let go of their aging talent, letting go of a potentially solid cornerback with a depleted secondary should raise questions—especially considering he hasn’t even stepped foot on an NFL field yet.

But aside from all of that, the Browns have brought in five free agents on short-term deals. Let’s take a look at the additions from worst to best.

5) Justin Tuggle

Sashi Brown’s first career free agent signing isn’t a flashy one. He’ll likely contribute on special teams more than on defense, even though he did record 21 tackles in his second year as a starter with Houston.

Note: Tuggle is the son of former pro-bowl linebacker Jessie Tuggle and is also a former quarterback, which was his original position in high school and for a year at Boston College.

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A graduate of the University of Akron, Spencer Davies has amassed multiple years of experience as a freelance journalist, as well as sports talk radio. Currently, he contributes to the Akron Beacon Journal and as a part-time beat reporter for the Akron RubberDucks, a Cleveland Indians minor league affiliate. He also writes for Indians Baseball Insider on, and his works have been published on and FanSided.

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