The Cleveland Browns suffered a tough defeat in Week 12 on the road against the Denver Broncos. It was a competitive game through three quarters, but when starting quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson went down with a head injury, the wheels fell off for the Browns.
The quarterback position is a major question mark for Cleveland. If Thompson-Robinson is forced to miss time, the coaching will have to decide whether P.J. Walker should get the start or if they would turn the offense over to veteran Joe Flacco, who was signed to the practice squad last week.
Quarterback isn’t the only question mark the Browns have offensively. Wide receiver has become a need following the injury to Amari Cooper. The position was already a bit shaky beyond Cooper given the youthfulness behind him, but without him in the mix, it is arguably their biggest need on the roster.
Finding a fix this late in the season is easier said than done. However, Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report believes there is one free agent worth looking into for the Browns; veteran Kenny Golladay.
“If the Browns are going to find some success on offense down the back stretch, it’s going to be because of the supporting cast around Thompson-Robinson. The rookie has some positive traits, but he’s only going to be as good as the players around him. Right now, the Browns are really banged up at receiver, and the healthy players outside of Amari Cooper are relatively young.
The outside options are limited, but Kenny Golladay has a 1,000-yard season on his resume. He was a bust with the New York Giants, but he’d at least be worth a workout right now,” wrote Ballentine.
A bust with the New York Giants is putting it mildly. One of the many whiffs Dave Gettleman made as general manager of the franchise was signing Golladay to a four-year, $72 million contract in 2021. For former Pro Bowler recorded 43 receptions for 602 yards and one touchdown in 26 games over two seasons before being released this March.
While his tenure in New York was disappointing, Golladay is one of the more established receivers available at this point in the season. He could provide the Browns with a steady veteran presence, something they are lacking even when Cooper is healthy and in the lineup.
Golladay led the NFL in touchdown receptions in 2019, making the Pro Bowl team that season. Expecting that kind of production from someone who has yet to play this season would be foolish, but the veteran could possibly provide a spark if the young players are unable to step up and answer the call.