Ferr or Foul: ‘Dawg’ days over in Cleveland

After being the laughing stock of the NFL for nearly 10 seasons, Cleveland Browns fans may finally have something to be hopeful about. 

After going just 1-31 in their previous two seasons, the Browns fired their general manager (GM) in 2017 and hired former Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey. 

Since Dorsey’s arrival in Cleveland in 2018, the Browns have been one of the most impressive franchises in the league, improving to 7-8-1 in just his first year. 

In his first offseason, Dorsey made several big moves that seriously improved the Browns’ roster, drafting Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward, and Nick Chubb. 

While many experts criticized the Mayfield pick, the young quarterback proved all the doubters wrong last season. He helped lead the team to seven wins – seven more than they had the previous season – and was easily one of the best rookies in the league. 

Ward and Chubb were less criticized picks, but nonetheless, they were outstanding in their rookie seasons. 

Dorsey also made a move to bring in a big-name wide receiver, Jarvis Landry, from the Miami Dolphins. 

While Dorsey’s 2018 offseason was very good, it is nothing compared to what he has already done in the 2019 offseason. 

The Browns have been one of the most active teams so far and have brought in big name after big name during this offseason. 

Cleveland’s biggest problem in 2018 was their defense. While it wasn’t horrendous, it did cost them a couple of games. So, the Browns set their sights on improving their defense. 

So far, Dorsey has really bolstered the defensive line, bringing in two high-profile players. 

The Browns signed defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to a three-year deal. Richardson is one of the best run stoppers in the league and will really help improve the Browns’ run defense. 

Cleveland also traded for edge rusher Oliver Vernon. The Browns didn’t give up much, as they sent an offensive lineman to the Giants in exchange for the Pro Bowl player. 

While these moves were impressive, you can’t discount the moves he made on the offensive side as well. 

Dorsey added two of the best players in the NFL to an offense that was already loaded. 

First, the Browns signed running back Kareem Hunt. While Hunt has had a troubled past, you cannot deny his talent. If he is able to stay out of trouble and contribute to the Browns, he will be one of the biggest steals in NFL history. 

The Browns signed Hunt, the former Rookie of the Year, to a one-year deal for just $1 million.

But even that move pales in comparison to the latest of Dorsey’s acquisitions.

On March 12, it was reported that the Browns and the Giants agreed to another trade, but this time, it included the face of the NFL – Odell Beckham Jr.  

The Browns will be acquiring the best wide receiver in the NFL for a relatively cheap price. 

Cleveland will send their first-round pick, third-round pick, and safety Jabrill Peppers to New York in exchange for Beckham. 

While Peppers has made an impression during his young career, it is a pretty low price to pay for one of the most electrifying superstars the NFL has seen in some time. 

One thing is for sure: much to the joy of the fans of the famous Browns’ fan section, the “Dawg Pound,” Cleveland is a serious contender to win their first Super Bowl in team history.

Yes, you read that correctly – the Cleveland Browns, who went 0-16 just a year ago, are Super Bowl contenders. 

Dorsey has completed a rebuild of the Browns in just two off-seasons with the team and deserves to be commended for it. 

With this rebuild and the job Dorsey previously did in Kansas City, he has cemented his name as one of the greatest general managers in NFL history.