How Do You like Ray Farmer’s free agent moves for the Cleveland Browns?
Farmer went to work right away, taking over the general managers job when Haslam III fired Lombardi. Some thought the Browns would be behind in the free agents process, seeing how Farmer only had weeks to prepare.
With the moves Farmer has made, he looks as though he was ready for this opportunity his whole life.
Farmer wasted little time bringing in the guys to replace TJ Ward, and line backer D’Qwell Jackson.
Signing free agent Karlos Dansby, not only brings in a veteran leadership, he comes to the Browns with a point to prove. Dansby has the attitude we as fans love to see.. He wants to make an immediate impact for the team. And he wants to be the best line-backer in the NFL.
At the age of 32, Dansby may not last for the term of his deal, but while he is on the field you can bet he is going to give 100%.
Farmer signed a one of Cleveland’s own home grown players with the Donte Whitner free agent signing
. Whitner is thrilled to return to the Cleveland area. He is a hard hitting safety who wears the tag of one of the hardest hitters in the NFL.
Whitner was a first round draft pick (8th-overall) for the Bills in the 2006 NFL draft. He brings that play-off ,mentality to the Browns and he knows what it takes to make it into the post season.
Whitner will take over where Ward left off. Then Farmer brought in corner-back Isaiah Trufant. This should help the Browns defensive secondary. Although Buster Skrine was a much improved player in 2013, the Browns lacked the depth needed in the secondary.
Trufant is better known for his special teams play with the Jets, rather than his corner-back play. Nonetheless, his signing with the Browns brings in a player with NFL experience that adds depth to the Browns defensive secondary.
Farmer then added a solid blocking tight end with the addition of Jim Dray.
Dray comes from the Arizona Cardinals and should be able to help open some holes for the Browns to establish a running game. The Browns will also need help on the offensive line and Dray’s blocking ability will help.
Farmer and his staff are still waiting to see what the Bengals are going to do about matching the offer Cleveland made to receiver Andrew Hawkins. Hawkins signed the Browns offer sheet and reports are saying the Bengals are liking not to match it.
The Browns sent the Hawkins offer to Cincinnati on Thursday, so the Bengals have 5 days to either match it, of lose Hawkins to the Browns.
So far, Farmer has made some solid moves. There is some concern over the age of the players. But in today’s NFL 32 isn’t what it used to be. Farmer and his staff still have a lot of pick in the up-coming NFL draft.
It would be great to see the Browns pick up receiver Sammy Watkins, if the receiver is still there at 4. I like the moves Farmer has made, and I think he has done a great job, after taking over the Browns front office just weeks ago.
Farmer being a former NFL player, has the edge over the old Browns front office. He is far better at talent evaluation than Lombardi was and I give him a A+ so far.
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