The 2020-21 NFL season gave the Browns fans hope as they complied a winning record of 11-5, beat the Steelers in the 1st round of the playoffs and came within 5 points of beating the team who represented the AFC in the Super Bowl.
Cleveland fans know their Offense is good, especially in the running game with All Pros Chubb and Hunt and they're loaded at the WR position with Jarvis Laundry and OBJ, not to mention a pair of talented TEs in Austin Hopper and David Njoku.
If you follow the Browns, you know the area that needed the most improvement was their defense which ranked 24th in the NFL. Cleveland allowed 419 points in 16 game = 26.2 points/game and that's too much.
You're not going to win a super Bowl with a so-so defense. Yes the Browns did shockingly beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh in the Wild Card game 48-37, but did allow Big Ben a whopping 501 yards passing. And yes they played better vs. the Chiefs, but were defeated 22-17.
Browns have addressed their most glaring defensive needs; improve their secondary. By signing a pair of star Rams defensive players. Cleveland signed John Johnson the 3rd for 3 years at a cost of $33.75 million. In addition, they signed his teammate, CB Troy Hill for 4 years at an added cost of $24 million.
Browns further beefed-up/improved their Defense by also signing DE Takkarist McKinley who was a 1st round of the Falcons a few years back. He got a 1 year deal $4.25 million, worth up to $6 million with incentives.
Wait there's more; they also signed veteran LB Anthony Walker to a 1 year deal who lead his former team the Colts in tackles the past two seasons. There's still more; they signed LB Macom Smith and Malik Jackson who got a 1-year deal at $4.5 million.
One notable Defensive loss was; DT Larry Ogunjobi now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Offensively they wisely re-signed WR Rashad Higgins to a 1-year deal. Higgins stepped-up big time after OBJ got injured early on in the 2020 season. He's already has good chemistry with the Browns star QB Baker Mayfield.
So in 2021, watch out for the Browns. They're serious about going further this upcoming season. Long-time Sports Show Host Jim Rome is on the Browns bandwagon and calls them the new America's Team.
If Defenses do in-fact win Super Bowl, which was proven by Tampa, after they beat KC 31-9 in the NFL's biggest game, just maybe the Browns have added enough of the right defensive pieces to position themselves to get a place they've never been before; the Super Bowl.