At the defensive end and defensive tackle spots, the Browns will need to look for more talent and more youth during the coming offseason. Expect Cleveland to “shop” for young pass-rushers who can apply pressure more than the current unit has throughout the current season. With defensive tackle Ted Washington heading towards his forties, a change is in order. The linebacker corps would benefit greatly from a more consistent group in the trenches.
On the offensive line, the guard position had lacked quality talent, but the free agent signing of Eric Steinbacj alleviates that concern somewhat. However, the line as a whole still remains a point needing improvement. Center LeCharles Bentley may have to retire due to a serious knee injury, and Hank Fraley appears to have the starting position. The tackle position is also not overly-impressive. In 2006, numerous sacks were allowed and the running attack was sub-par.
At cornerback, Leigh Bodden and Daven Holly are featured, but depth is a definite need after those two starters. The defensive backfield has also fought through injuries this season, and head coach Romeo Crennel will undoubtedly look to bring in a player to serve as an insurance policy, and to add stronger talent in the secondary.
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