You might think I'm crazy, but I'm calling it now...the Browns will win the AFC North division next season.
No, I'm not joking.
On Friday the team made some moves to show the NFL world that they mean business.
Let's start with what they already had on the team.
Cleveland's defense gave up an average of 328.1 yards per game last season. That's good enough for 14th in the league. That's really not bad when you consider how often the defense was on the field because the offense was awful. They were 7th in rushing defense and 19th in passing defense. They just made a big addition to help with that, and I'll get to it in a second.
The Browns finished last season with the 24th highest yards per game. For the record, that's better than Baltimore (27th) and Cincinnati (32nd). Their biggest issue was turnovers, especially from the QB. That's another issue they already addressed.
Cleveland has one of the most dynamic receivers in Josh Gordon. As long as he keeps himself out of trouble he is poised to bounce back next year in a big way. Don't forget about their TE David Njoku and a really dynamic and versatile RB in Duke Johnson Jr.
On paper, they have a lot of really great things going for them. And it just got better.
Cleveland snuck in and made a trade for WR Jarvis Landry (the Ravens had been going hard after him but failed), QB Tyrod Taylor and Damarious Randall.
Landry will be a great compliment to Gordon and Njoku. That's a huge move. And Taylor has been a solid game management QB in Buffalo that knows how to take advantage of a good TE and a solid running game. Randall has 10 interceptions in his first three season, two run back for TD's. He's going to add some great depth to that defense.
Oh, and I almost forgot that they have the 1st and 4th picks in the upcoming draft.
Yeah, watch out AFC. The Browns are coming for you.