Well Day 2 of free agency has come to a close and again, there was a lot going on in Cleveland and around the league. Some big names are getting new jerseys next year.
Wednesday, the Browns also resigned RB Chris Obgonnaya. He has a two-year deal, but the salary details are still unknown to us normal people.
On the defensive side of the coin, the Browns picked up LB Quentin Groves from the Arizona Cardinals. He comes to Cleveland looking to follow his old coach, new Browns Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton. Hopefully a familiar face will ease the transition into a new Defense for the Browns.
TE Gary Barnidge comes to the Browns after 5 seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He scored a 3-year deal for a rumored $3.75 million. The Browns were in the market for a TE to beef up that position and he also happens to be following his old coordinator, new Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski.
Sadly, Josh Cribbs has left the building. He will be going to the Arizona Cardinals. It’s been reported by NFL.com that they have an agreement, but no finalized contract as of yet. We’ll keep you updated on this. Also, in light of this development he tweeted to everyone in Cleveland about his time here, and even took the time to post a picture to Instagram. It was all very heartwarming. But he’s still leaving, so that’s that.
Elsewhere in the NFL, somewhere in New England Tom Brady is weeping, because one of his favorite receivers is jumping ship. Wes Welker was offered a better deal and is leaving the Patriots for higher altitude: he’s going to Denver to join Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Brian Urlacher is apparently chatting up Bears rival Minnesota Vikings, so if that happens, steer clear of Chicago.
Also, the Baltimore Ravens should be worried because Ed Reed is apparently hanging out with the Houston Texans. He would be just another in a long list of prominent Ravens to leave Baltimore. All this is good news for the Browns, of course. The weaker the Ravens defense (and their team in general) is, the better chance we have of beating our division rival.