Damarious Randall fills a massive need for the Browns at safety. Randall was very good in 2018. He then was not so good in 2019 and had attitude problems. Should they choose to sign him which player they would get? The safety handing footballs to Hue Jackson and having a great time? Or the player who gave up under Kitchens and sat for multiple games?
Obviously, the talent is there to be great, but is the desire without a perfect situation? These are all questions the front office will need to consider before making an offer to the enigmatic safety if they have any intention to anyway.
Randall spent his first two seasons in Green Bay after being drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. After two years in Green Bay playing out of position at corner, the Packers decided to trade him to the Browns for DeShone Kizer and a flip of fourth and fifth round picks. John Dorsey made this move to help sure up the Browns at safety, Randall’s actual position. The move paid off in 2018 as Randall had his best NFL season.
Randall started a career-high 15 games in 2018 missing only one game with a hamstring injury. Being moved from cornerback to his natural free safety position produced his best pro football grade of his career at 72.7. While the rating is far from elite, it was a good first season back at safety for Randall. He would finish 2018 with 85 total tackles, two for loss, nine passes defended, and four interceptions. Randall was just another reason for all the hype heading into 2019. The hope of him taking his play even higher in his second season as a Brown was real. Then like everything else in 2019, things went off the rails.
The 2019 season from Randall fit right in with everything else that took place in 2019, disappointing. Randall would only play in 11 games because of injuries and clashes with the coaching staff. He would also go a bit backward from his 2018 PFF showing with a grade of 69.3. The fire and flair from 2018 were gone, and so were the big plays. He would finish his first season without an interception but produced 2.5 sacks, the first of his career. Randall seemed to be going through the motions for his new head coach.
He had been known to be stubborn and cause some minor issues in Green Bay but never what we saw last season. It looked as though Randall gave up on his team and his coach long before anyone else did. No matter how bad the coaching was, this is not the sign of a mentally tough player willing to give it all, no matter the coach or record. In the end, the numbers point to an ok season over 11 games as he tallied 61 tackles, three for loss, the 2.5 sacks, six passes defended, and three quarterback hits.
Lots of Questions
Before the front office of the Browns discuss Randall fitting the defense, they must determine if he fits the culture. Is Randall the 2018 player and personality that was pushed into a bad situation under a terrible coach? Was it his unhappiness with not getting a shiny new deal after 2018? Or was this just an all-around terrible season for all involved that just boiled over, and he is still considered part of the future? We started with questions, and we end with them. That is what the Browns must decide.
Best offer: One year $7.5 million plus incentives/$2 million guaranteed(enticement)
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