Browns Sign Brian Hartline, Whats Next?

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According to Dustin Fox, of the Browns Radio Network, the Cleveland Browns and Brian Hartline have agreed to a two-year, $6MM deal.

With the signing of Hartline, the Cleveland Browns have strengthened their wide receiving core. Last season Hartline caught 39 passes for a total of 474 yards and two touchdowns. Hartline’s best seasons came during both the 2012 and 2013 campaigns. In the two-year span, Hartline racked up 2,099 yards along with five touchdowns.

Now that the Browns have brought in a wide receiver to put next to Andrew Hawkins, Travis Benjamin, and Taylor Gabriel, it’s time to wonder what the team will do next.

The draft would be a perfect time for the Browns to fill some holes that are left on their roster. For example, the defensive tackle position will need to be filled by the start of next season. With Ndamukong Suh off the board, Danny Shelton, out of Washington, looks to be a prospect the Browns should consider.

Throughout his four seasons playing with the Huskies, Shelton managed to get 208 tackles along with 11.5 sacks. Many of those tackles came during his senior year, where he had 93 tackles and nine sacks. If Shelton is available when the Browns are up to pick, it’d be smart to grab him.

The Browns have two picks in the first round. Along with the 12th pick, they also have the 19th pick from the Buffalo Bills. With this pick they could very well grab another receiver in Jaelen Strong or an offensive linemen in Le’el Collins. Both would be a huge help to the Browns roster.

Not only can the Browns get talent from the draft but they also have a plethora of free-agents to choose from. One player the Browns have been linked to is Trent Cole. Cole has spent his entire career playing for the Eagles but he recently worked out with the Browns.

Over his career, Cole has 436 tackles along with 85.5 sacks, not to shabby for a former fifth-round draft pick. Signing Cole would bring experience to the Browns defense. Trent Cole has logged 155 games in his 11-season NFL career.

On top of that, the Browns have a couple play-makers they have to decide whether or not they want to bring back. Miles Austin, TaShaun Gipson and Buster Skrine, among others, all contributed greatly to the Browns last season. Between Gipson and Skrine, they managed to intercept 10 passes, Gipson had six and Skrine had four on the season.

As for Miles Austin, he ended the season with 568 yards and two touchdowns. If the Browns decide to not draft a receiver, it is likely that they decide to bring Austin back for his second season in Cleveland.


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