The Browns are a team in need at a number of positions, but linebacker could be this teams biggest need as the 2009 NFL free agency signing period starts on February 27th. There are a number of good linebackers that will be on the board this year for the taking, and three of them will be available from the rival Baltimore Ravens, who have Ray Lewis, Bart Scott and Terrell Suggs all lined up to be free agents then the signing period starts.
The Monday Cleveland Plain Dealer says that the Browns are going to eye in on Suggs, who has averaged about nine sacks over the past six seasons. Plus Suggs’ age is a plus to the Browns, as he’s only 26 years old, meaning that some of his best football is still ahead of him, even though he’s played at a high level for a number of years already.
Suggs would fit the Browns and their 3-4 defense that will be run by new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, but the team needs players like him to make it work, as right now, the linebacker spot is the low point of the defense, plus they are likely to lose Andre Davis once the 2009 NFL free agency signing period starts.
The Ravens have already committed to telling anyone that will listen that they want to keep emotional leader Ray Lewis around, so it looks like Scott and Suggs will be free to the highest bidders. Scott is rumored to have interest from the Jets, while Suggs would be a great fit for the Browns. Now the question will be just how much the big man wants to make the move to the Ravens AFC North division rival.