The Browns have wasted little time rebuilding their roster after a winless 2017 season.
Cleveland acquired Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Carlos Hyde, Damarious Randall and E.J. Gaines through trade or free agency. The team likely has high expectations for first-round draft pick Denzel Ward, while Baker Mayfield is the quarterback of the future.
If they complete the signing of Kendricks, the Browns would have one of the stronger linebacker trios in the NFL. Kendricks ranked 12th among 4-3 outside linebackers in Bleacher Report’s year-end ranking, while Jamie Collins and Joe Schobert were No. 10 and 9, respectively, in B/R’s ranking of the best inside linebackers.
And Tannehill kept working and rehabbing as he went from six months off surgery to seven, then seven to eight, and the team’s offseason program began. After all that, Tannehill is back in command in Miami. Not that he ever wasn’t.
I really think his thought was— don’t waste the draft pick,Gase said. He focused on work and bringing the same intensity he does every day. He’s very competitive. He’s not going to bat an eye at any of those things. He just keeps going. If there’s some kind of internal thing going on, you’re not going to know. He’s not going to show his cards. So I never worried about it. Just being around him, this being my third year, the guy competes as hard as anyone I’ve been around, especially at that position. And it’s a good feeling as a coach when we’ve got him back out there.
However, that wasn’t enough for the Eagles to keep Kendricks on the roster this offseason. Philadelphia waived him in what was a cost-savings maneuver. NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Reuben Frank reported the Eagles were saving $6 million in salary-cap space and adding $1.6 million in dead money in 2018 by making Kendricks a post-June 1 cut.
NJ Advance Media’s Eliot Shorr-Parks argued how the decision couldn’t have been easy:
Cap savings aside, #Eagles are worse at linebacker after releasing Mychal Kendricks. Kendricks was one of the only sure things that had at the position. Now it is Bradham and plenty of question marks