Andrew Berry really wasn’t kidding. The Cleveland Browns have started off Free Agency with a bang! We have seen the Front Office identify their targets, and capitalize. Adding much-needed offensive tackle help in Jack Conklin, and finding a veteran back-up to mentor and push Baker Mayfield in Case Keenum.
The former Tennesse Titans offensive tackle is signing with the Cleveland Browns per ESPN’s Adam Schefter and his agency, Rosenhaus Sports. Jack Conklin is another 25-year old who was drafted in 2016 much like our earlier signing, Tight End Austin Hooper. Conklin’s deal with the Browns will be 3-years, $42M, with $30M guaranteed.
Conklin started his career off hot, earning first-team All-Pro Honors, but has had troubles with injuries since, both in 2017 and 2018 that made some question his durability. During Tennessee’s 2019 Playoff run, Conklin was at the forefront, seeing his run blocking numbers return to All-Pro form.
The Browns also found a formidable back-up for Baker Mayfield during the early stages of Free Agency. They identified what they were looking for in a back-up QB, and went after it. Case Keenum saw his best success under now Head Coach Kevin Stefanski during their time in Minnesota together in 2017. During their playoff run, Keenum boasted his best career numbers. Throwing for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.
The biggest key of the Keenum addition will be his understanding of the Kevin Stefanski System, and how he can help Baker learn and operate successfully in the system.