Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Offseason Blueprint: Cleveland Browns
By Pat McManamon
The Cleveland Browns might not want to admit it, but they need a running back.
Todd McShay offers an interesting free agent option in the team's offseason blueprint written by several ESPN Insiders. McShay posits Green Bay’s James Starks would be a good choice for the Browns in free agency.
In one sense, it makes sense. Starks would not command top dollar, and new coach MIke Pettine wants to run a two-back system. That would help Starks, who has had trouble staying healthy (he played 32 games the past three seasons).
But when Starks plays, he’s been productive. He had a 100-yard game last season, and 88 yards on 11 carries in the season finale when Green Bay had to beat Chicago to make the playoffs. Over his career Starks has averaged 4.4 yards per carry.
If the Browns decide not to pay the big money for a guy like Ben Tate, McShay has a point: Starks might be a good option.