The Cleveland Browns may have signed B.J. Goodson and drafted Jacob Phillips, but they still need help at the linebacker position.
If there was one particular area that the Cleveland Browns needed help in this offseason it was the linebacker position. The moves that Cleveland has made have not been all that inspiring. Sure, they added B.J. Goodson through free agency and drafted Jacob Phillips. It just seems like they could have done a lot more to bolster what appears to be the weakest part of their defense.
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In addition to Goodson and Phillips, Cleveland has Mack Wilson and Simone Takitaki in the mix. Wilson and Takitaki each had some moments, but there is still plenty of room to improve for both. The Browns could have kept one or both of Joe Schobert or Christian Kirksey, instead they are opting for the massive overhaul in the middle of their defense.
There is still time for the Browns to make some moves to improve their linebacking group. Free agent outside linebackers include Nigel Bradham, Clay Matthews, and Markus Golden. Inside linebackers include Alec Ogletree, Mark Barron, and Darron Lee. Are they perfect fits? Not necessarily. Some are older and others may want more money than the Browns would like to spend at this moment in time. At the end of the day it would be wise for Cleveland to add at least one linebacker before they no longer have the option to.