Found February 28, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
The NFL’s free agency period begins in two weeks. The Browns are expected to be somewhat active participants with a ton of cap space to play with. Over that time period we’ll look at who is available and who the Browns might target. We’ll start on the offensive side of the ball with the receivers. First, the results from last season- RECEIVING NAME REC TAR YDS AVG TD LONG 20+ YDS/G FUM FUML YAC 1DN Josh Gordon 50 96 805 16.1 5 71 12 50.3 1 1 304 40 Greg Little 53 91 647 12.2 4 43 11 40.4 0 0 164 36 Benjamin Watson 49 82 501 10.2 3 27 5 31.3 1 0 196 27 Trent Richardson 51 70 367 7.2 1 27 5 24.5 0 0 448 18 Travis Benjamin 18 37 298 16.6 2 69 4 21.3 1 1 67 13 Mohamed Massaquoi 17 33 254 14.9 0 54 3 28.2 0 0 103 11 Jordan Cameron 20 39 226 11.3 1 28 4 16.1 0 0 106 12 Chris Ogbonnaya 24 32 187 7.8 0 38 2 12.5 1 1 200 10 Jordan Norwood 13 19 137 10.5 0 27 2 68.5 0 0 71 5 Josh Cooper 8 18 106 13.3 0 28 1 17.7 0 0 48 6 Josh Cribbs 7 11 63 9.0 0 24 1 3.9 0 0 44 2 Alex Smith 13 18 47 3.6 0 17 0 3.9 0 0 48 2 Brandon Jackson 2 4 20 10.0 0 14 0 10.0 0 0 26 2 Montario Hardesty 2 5 16 8.0 0 9 0 1.2 0 0 20 1 Brad Smelley 1 1 3 3.0 0 3 0 1.5 0 0 0 0 The Browns have a few free agents of their own on this list of course. Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi are both unrestricted free agents. Norwood is a restricted rights free agent. We’ve heard plenty about and from Josh Cribbs, who it seems is unlikely to be back with the Browns despite his wishes. The player you don’t hear much about is Massaquoi. With his injury history and several young slot receivers in the system, don’t expect the Browns to bring back MoMass who never quite lived up to second round pick expectations. Josh Gordon is essentially Cleveland’s second round pick this season. He and Greg Little will likely be the foundation of this group for the foreseeable future. Unless the Browns spend some crazy money this off season. The Free Agents- Top of the class: Dwayne Bowe – KC Victor Cruz – NYG – (Restricted) Mike Wallace – PIT Greg Jennings – GB Wes Welker – NE Danario Alexander – SD – (Restricted) The Rest: Donald Jones – BUF – (Restricted) David Nelson – BUF – (Restricted) Ruvell Martin – BUF Louis Murphy – CAR Johnny Knox – CHI Andrew Hawkins – CIN Brandon Tate – CIN Jordan Norwood – CLE – (Restricted) Josh Cribbs – CLE Mohamed Massaquoi – CLE Kevin Ogletree – DAL Brandon Stokley – DEN Kassim Osgood – DET Donald Driver – GB Donnie Avery – IND Austin Collie – IND Micheal Spurlock – JAC Steve Breaston – KC Marlon Moore – MIA – (Restricted) Jabar Gaffney – MIA Brian Hartline – MIA Devin Aromashodu – MIN Jerome Simpson – MIN Deion Branch – NE Julian Edelman – NE Donte’ Stallworth – NE Greg Camarillo – NO Devery Henderson – NO Courtney Roby – NO Ramses Barden – NYG Domenik Hixon – NYG Jason Hill – NYJ Braylon Edwards Chaz Schilens – NYJ Duke Calhoun – OAK Derek Hagan – OAK Emmanuel Sanders – PIT – (Restricted) Plaxico Burress – PIT Seyi Ajirotutu – SD – (Restricted) Richard Goodman – SD – (Restricted) Braylon Edwards – SEA Ted Ginn – SF Randy Moss – SF Danny Amendola – STL Titus Young – STL Brandon Gibson – STL Steve Smith – STL Roscoe Parrish – TB Sammie Stroughter – TB Brandon Banks – WAS – (Restricted) Terrell Owens – FA Chad Johnson – FA Mark Clayton – FA Adrian Arrington – FA Mike Williams – FA Lee Evans – FA Mike Sims-Walker – FA Legedu Naanee – FA —- A few of the top names on the list could still get the franchise tag placed on them. Kansas City has used the tag on Bowe before and might do so again if they can’t get an extension negotiated. Jennings could be tagged by Green Bay but he is rumored to like Miami. New England would like to bring back Welker, but as always with the Patriots- they aren’t afraid to let a WR walk. Victor Cruz will get a first round tender placed on him by the Giants.  Wallace is the downfield threat that Cleveland hasn’t had since Braylon Edwards was catching half the passes thrown to him. Could Josh Gordon become this WR? It’s possible, though he doesn’t have Wallace’s speed. Travis Benjamin has the speed, but not the size. Getting Wallace would cost the Browns a ton, but it would also hurt division rival Pittsburgh in the process. Alexander is intriguing. He had a career year after signing with the Chargers and playing for Norv Turner (658 yards and 7 TDs.) He has an injury history, which could scare San Diego off, and maybe even the Browns. Turner certainly knows him. The Browns have had Steve Breaston in for a look. Meh. The only other name on this list that could make a difference in my opinion is Danny Amendola.
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