The Cleveland Browns will not be tendering restricted free agent defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun according to a report from Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
By doing this, Boddy-Calhoun will become an unrestricted free agent and will be free to sign anywhere when the league year begins on March 13.
The 26-year-old has spent the last three seasons with the Browns after being cut by Jacksonville in training camp after signing there as an undrafted free agent in 2016.
He made an impact quickly with Cleveland making 40 tackles, 11 pass deflections, one sack and three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) in 14 games as a rookie.
In 2017, he started in seven games and had 36 tackles and six pass deflections. Pro Football Focus graded him as the 24th best cornerback in football although he was primarly the slot corner on the team.
Last season, Boddy-Calhoun took a reduced role with the additions of Terrence Mitchell, TJ Carrie and fourth overall pick Denzel Ward.
He moved into the backup safety role behind Damarious Randall but with injuries in the secondary he did start in eight games.
Boddy-Calhoun struggled on the field as Pro Football Focus graded him a 61.9 (average) and the 79th ranked cornerback in football.
With new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks liking bigger cornerbacks and the fact that Randall has the free safety position locked down, it makes sense for both sides to part ways and for Boddy-Calhoun to find a new destination in 2019.
I would expect the Browns to look for depth in the secondary through free agency and the draft as they have a ton of resources to add depth with around $73 million in cap space and ten draft picks.