Free agency dominoes begin to fall

Browns reportedly add DL Chris Smith, OT Donald Stephenson

Daryl Ruiter
March 13, 2018 - 4:34 pm
Bengals defensive lineman Chris Smith

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The free agency dominos started to fall in a big way Tuesday.

The Browns reportedly have agreed to terms on a 3-year deal with Bengals defensive lineman Chris Smith.

Smith, who enters his fifth season, appeared in all 16 games last season for Cincinnati where he totaled 17 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 pass breakups and a forced fumble. He has the ability to play both defensive tackle and defensive end providing defensive coordinator Gregg Williams with another versitile player up front. 

Cleveland also agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with 29-year old offensive tackle Donald Stephenson NFL Network reported Tuesday. Stephenson spent the past two seasons with Denver and the previous four with Kansas City.

Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland was on the Browns’ radar but he is headed to Carolina where he has come to terms on a multi-year deal with the Panthers according to multiple reports and Rams corner Trumaine Johnson intends to sign with the Jets according to ESPN.

Putside of quarterback, Browns general manager John Dorsey entered free agency looking for help at receiver, on the offensive line as well as running backs and the defensive backfield.

Dorsey’s decision to get out in front of the quarterback derby and trade for Tyrod Taylor appears to be a good one as the big name free agents at the position have found new homes.

According to multiple reports Kirk Cousins looks destined for Minnesota, Case Keenum is off to Denver, Sam Bradford to Arizona and Teddy Bridgewater could land with the Jets. New York already re-signed Josh McCown.

Green Bay also made a bit of a splash by reportedly adding tight end Jimmy Graham on a three-year deal and releasing tight end Jordy Nelson.

Free agency officially begins with the new league year Wednesday at 4 p.m. when trades can be completed and contracts signed.