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NFL Free Agency: Giants LB Jonathan Goff visits with Browns

The Browns visited with Jonathan Goff of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants on Tuesday. Goff didn’t play the entire season after tearing his ACL on the Monday before the first week of the season.

Goff was looking like an improved player before he went down for the season according to Mike Garafalo of the Star-Ledger.

He was looking fluid in training camp after working on his agility in the offseason. Indications are the Giants would like him back at a reasonable price and with a contract that includes limited guarantees, sort of like the one they gave cornerback Terrell Thomas.

Goff is still young at 26 and is the kind of free agent the Browns would presumably take a flyer on as a value play. Prior to the injury, Goff was entering his second year as full-time starter as the middle linebacker for the Giants.

Seems like a promising prospect considering all the details and the fact that the Giants presumably would take him back.

 

  • erchoov

    This will totally fill that hole when we switch back to the 3-4 Def. 

  • Roland3289

    what a j-off he ets a ring w/o honor then goes for the money good riddance

  • mgbode
  • mgbode

    BTW, another run-stopping type guy.  Heckert/Shurmur/Jauron apparently pretty miffed at our run defense last season (for good reason).

    Not a bad 4th LBer (for cheap price).¬† Probably don’t want him at WOLB though.

  • Jaker

    thats pretty unfair, you have no idea how he was getting treated there before the injury and during the season on the IR. Plus, they may have moved on from him since they had so many other guys contribute last season at LB.

  • TSR3000

    I bet there is no way you would leave your current job for a huge pay increase.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    My concern is that it almost always takes 2 full years to get back to speed after an ACL injury.¬† I don’t think Goff will give us much this season, but I don’t know how long of a deal we’re talking about here.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Taking a chance on a player coming off a major injury sounds like the Indians.¬† Really, this is getting scary with the similarities.¬† Funny thing is he was a middle linebacker and I tought the Browns already had one of those in DQ Jackson.¬† I’d have rather taken a chance on Ryans from Houston but what do I know.

  • steve-o

    It’s better to¬†sign him than no one.¬†If fully recovered he’d probably¬†be our second best LB. There was some talk last year of trying DQ at WOLB, so maybe that’s what they’re thinking.

    Off topic,¬†it looks like the Browns are going to get 3 or 4 compensatory picks for losing Roth, Wright, Elam, Trusnick, Vickers etc. in FA and signing almost no one themselves. That would bring their total to at least a dozen picks, so i guess they feel that’s enough to fill all their needs.

    Browns don’t need: LT, C,¬†TE, #2 WR, DT, DE, #1CB, SS, MLB, SOLB
    Browns need:         Everything else

  • mgbode

    contract money and giving up draft picks is why to go elsewhere than Demeco.  Plus, Goff may be willing to be a backup LBer.  Demeco is entrenched as a starter and would not be happy as the 4th guy (where I think Goff would end up)

  • Hypno_Toad

    We need FS, #2 CB, WOLB, RT, RG, #1 WR, RB, QB

    I leave LG off of that because they seem to like what Pinkston brought last year for that slot. I’d love to see us sign Cedric Benson now that Green-Ellis landed with the Bengals. We will probably move Sheldon Brown over to FS and we’re probably looking at another year of McCoy at QB. If all of that is true we’re looking at…

    #2 CB, WOLB, RT, RG, #1 WR 

    Seems a lot more manageable. Will it work out that way? Your guess is as good as mine.

  • Hypno_Toad

    We need FS, #2 CB, WOLB, RT, RG, #1 WR, RB, QB

    I leave LG off of that because they seem to like what Pinkston brought last year for that slot. I’d love to see us sign Cedric Benson now that Green-Ellis landed with the Bengals. We will probably move Sheldon Brown over to FS and we’re probably looking at another year of McCoy at QB. If all of that is true we’re looking at…

    #2 CB, WOLB, RT, RG, #1 WR 

    Seems a lot more manageable. Will it work out that way? Your guess is as good as mine.

  • steve-o

    I’ll agree,¬†they need¬†one starting guard, and probably another G/C hybrid for depth. Sheldon would make sense at FS but he’s not a long term fix. Next year’s draft is supposed¬†to be loaded as S, so maybe we wait a year. As much as they need a RB, I doubt they grab¬†one in FA after signing B. Jackson last year.

    My dream scenario would be for a desperate Miami team to¬†trade with us¬†to get¬†Tannehill, and we get the 8th and their #1 for next year, which could¬†turn into the first overall pick. Then¬†Heckert nails the¬†our first¬†three picks and uses some of¬†our extra picks¬†to trade from the third to second round and nails that pick too (assuming he doesn’t use it on an injured RB).

    Considering last year’s draft, it probably won’t go like any of us think.

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  • Garry_Owen

    Interesting.  The Browns have always said that they are going to build through the draft rather than signing a bunch of FAs.  This supports that strategy 100%.  Even if only one of those 3 or 4 additional picks turns into a starter this year, that trumps trying to sign one big (expensive) name in FA (or a bunch of non-top tier fillers), in my opinion.  And if 2 or 3 tun into starters?  (Mixed metaphor alert!)  Home run! 

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