So how are we doing so far in free agency? The Browns have spent more than I thought they would. The one guy that has not been replaced is TE Jordan Cameron. Looking at the major players:
We get We lose
qb Josh McCown qb Brian Hoyer
wr Brian Hartline wr Miles Austin
NT Randy Starks OLB Jabaal Sheard
CB Tramon Williams CB Buster Skrine
TE Jordan Cameron
NT Ahtyba Rubin
WR/KR Marlon Moore
DE John Hughes
S Tayshaun Gipson (probably)
ILB Craig Robertson (probably)
S Jonathan Bademosi (Probably)
DE Ismailyi Kitchen (Probably)
Jordan Cameron is the greatest talent but presents the greatest risk.
To date Hoyer, Sheard, Skrine and Cameron have signed with other teams, and are costing their new teams about $24 Million. The Browns free agents are costing about $20 Million. On the whole, I prefer the players we are getting.
Thus, if you agree with this simple minded analysis, GM Ray Farmer may be doing a good job. On the other hand, the expectation of the fans is to simply load up on a pricey quarterback and wide receivers. So right now he is getting killed in the internet chat rooms. Jordan is the big difference maker, but how healthy is he? It's not a disaster that he left, despite his tremendous ability.