Cleveland Browns offseason acquisition defensive tackle Andrew Billings and guard Colby Gossett opted out for 2020 on Tuesday, the third and fourth Browns players to do so. The other two are Drew Forbes and Drake Dorbeck. Could more be on the way? Andrew Berry was asked this question on a conference call Tuesday.
“The players have until Thursday afternoon really to make that decision,’’ Berry said. “For all those guys, it is deeply personal and an individual choice. We will know at that time if there are more guys, but suffice it to say, organizationally, we support all those guys. We understand that it is a difficult decision, and again, it is very, very personal. We support the three guys who have opted out so far, and I look forward to them being back with the team next year.”
Berry may not know who may come down the line, we have seen the interview regarding Odell Beckham‘s concerns. He is in camp, and it sounds like he is a full go. When it comes to OBJ, though, anything can happen.
There was also this tweet from Chad Thomas
While it is unknown if he will opt-out or not, there are obvious concerns about playing. This is a personal choice by each player, as Berry said. The Browns have no choice here but to move forward with the next man up mentality.
Cleveland Browns Options
They could look to the free-agent market to fill the holes made by Billings and Gossett opting out. There are some recognizable names, but at this point, the pickings are slim. It is more likely they wait for more cut-downs to see if anyone shakes loose that could be of help, especially at right guard. Rookie defensive tackle Jordan Elliott could be an option with increased playing time, but the right guard position is getting thin fast. With no significant players opting out so far, the Cleveland Browns still have talent and depth across the board. Now we wait and see if anyone else decides to wait until next year.
Follow me on Twitter for more great content @WeirdJBronavich.