The Cleveland Browns have 26 current players who are set to become free agents on March 13th.
The team is going to have quite a few tough decisions to make regarding different position groups, but Andrew Berry and the rest of this Browns front office have done an excellent job in this area as of late.
Out of the team’s 26 free agents, only 7 of them played over 30% of offensive or defensive snaps in 2023.
Though there aren’t many “core” players hitting free agency, there’s a decent amount of guys that have been solid contributors for the team throughout their tenures in Cleveland.
Hurst ended up being one of Cleveland’s top free agent signings of the 2023 offseason, and he solidified this statement with his play during the regular season.
Before his injury in week 14 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he was having a dominant year for the Browns.
He was a preeminent force all season long as an interior pass rusher, as well as an asset against the run.
Takitaki has been a valuable member of this team’s linebacker core for the majority of his 5-year NFL career so far.
He’s always been one of the Browns’ better run defenders when on the field and has played a fairly large role on special teams as well.
His overall versatility and production have been above-average as both a starter and a sub-package defender since he’s been in Cleveland.
There’s a chance that the team looks for cheaper options in free agency, but Takitaki is a reliable piece of this stout defense that should be re-signed.