Browns Linked to Elite $20 Million Edge Rusher as ‘Best Fit’

Browns Linked to Elite $20 Million Edge Rusher as ‘Best Fit’

The Cleveland Browns will seek an edge rusher to replace Za’Darius Smith if he leaves in free agency, and the quality of the team’s defense in 2023 will make Northeast Ohio a more desirable landing spot for to free agents than has typically been the case in offseasons past.

Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report on Monday, March 4 dubbed Cleveland the second-best fit for Minnesota Vikings pass rusher Danielle Hunter, who will become an unrestricted free agent if he doesn’t agree to an extension with the franchise before then.

Hunter has … been a Pro Bowler at both linebacker and defensive end, and his schematic versatility can’t be overlooked. A fit for virtually any defense, Hunter should covet a supporting cast that can maximize his production.

The Cleveland Browns had the league’s No. 1 defense in terms of yards allowed last season. They also employ reigning Defensive Player of the Year Myles Garrett. In Cleveland, Hunter could step in as Garrett’s top complement, potentially replacing former Viking Za’Darius Smith, who is also an impending free agent.

Other teams interested in Hunter, and thereby among Knox’s most likely landing spots, are the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.

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