The Cleveland Browns have a former SuperBowl MVP coming to Cleveland to add depth at linebacker. According to Mike Garafolo, with Fox Sports 1, former Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith is set for a workout this week. Smith was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLVIII after they defeated the Denver Broncos. He has also played for the Raiders, 49ers Cowboys, and Jaguars.
Why Malcolm Smith?
The best bet here is that defensive coordinator Joe Woods asked for this one. Smith spent the 2018 season with the 49ers playing in 12 games, making five starts. He is familiar with what Woods is bringing to the Cleveland defense, allowing him to get up to speed quickly. During his time in San Francisco, Smith had 35 total tackles, three for a loss. He did not
According to Pro Football Focus, Smith graded out at 62.6 overall covering 336 snaps in 2018. Smith has been a consistent run defender in his career but has been up and down in coverage. He is 31 years old and has played in only four games, with the Cowboys, over the last two years.
There may be younger options out there, but experience in a system is important to coaches. He will be given every chance to prove he has something left and can help a young group get up to speed quickly.
Minimal Options in Free Agency
At this point in the year, the options on the free agency are slim, which is why experience in a system is preferred, so finding an impact player is unlikely. Names like Darron Lee, Alec Ogletree, Wesley Woodyard, among others, are limited by either skill or age. The Browns could look to make a trade but will need to find a team that has the depth to do so. It is more likely that the front office sifts through younger players hoping to find a diamond in the rough or an internal option such as Jacob Phillips and/or Willie Harvey Jr. step up.
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