Jason Cole of B/R reports that the Browns’ rough first day to free agency and didn’t appear to be prepared for and ready to negotiate with their own free agents and other available players around the league.
According to Cole, that the situation was so difficult that RT Mitchell Schwartz actually tried to get back to the Browns regarding the offer they made him at the combine and was willing to accept the deal, but Cleveland elected to pull the offer from him.
This is obviously not the kind of report you want to see if you’re a Browns’ fan.
Cleveland overhauled their organization and brought in a number of new front office executives to get things back on track, but have had a brutal start to the free agency.
There’s still time to make some moves, but a good majority of the top free agents are no longer on the board, which means teams are already beginning to look for value options.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing for the Browns, but they’ll need to take a long-term approach with the rebuilding strategy.