Originally posted on ClevelandHuddle  |  Last updated 3/16/12
The Cleveland Browns continue to shore up the strength of the team with signings of cornerback Dimitri Patterson and defensive end Juqua Parker. The resigning Dimitri Patterson is a key signing for the Browns because if gives them a lot of flexibility at defensive back position. Patterson played the key slot role on the defense last year and played well. Patterson's strong play allowed for rookie Buster Skrine to develop without having to be forced to play a lot. It also helped the Cleveland Browns have the 5th ranked passing defense in 2011. The resigning of Patterson also could pave the way for Sheldon Brown to move to safety and add good depth for the secondary. Juqua Parker provides the Cleveland Browns with another pass rusher to add to the defensive line rotation. It also most likely spells the end of Jayme Mitchell who had an up and down season for the Cleveland Browns at defensive end last year. While the signing of Patterson shores up the secondary the Browns will have to find a replacement for Mike Adams who started at safety last year and has now signed with the Denver Broncos. The Browns could turn to Sheldon Brown but are more likely to pair TJ Ward with Usama Young as the starting safety duo. The Cleveland Browns still have some work to do but they have kept the strength of the team intact by adding players to the defense. These transactions make it even more clear the draft will be about acquiring offensive playmakers. I would still like to see the Cleveland Browns sign a veteran wide receiver coming off his first contract that can make plays on the field and provide a veteran presence in the looker room for the young receivers.


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