The legal tampering period for NFL free agents begins on Monday but the rumors are starting to spread around the league.
Cleveland.com is reporting that the Browns have “strong” interest in wide receiver Tyrell Williams, formerly of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Williams will be one of the top wide receivers on the market and is expected to be pursued by multiple teams including the Colts and Raiders according to reports.
The 26-year-old has been productive in his role with the Chargers since entering the league in 2015 as an undrafted free agent. In his first full season in 2016, Williams had 69 catches for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns.
This past season he had 41 catches for 653 yards and five touchdowns. He’s also been durable as he hasn’t missed a game in the past three seasons after playing only in four games his rookie season.
Williams’ best game last season just so happened to be against the Cleveland Browns. He had three catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers 38-14 victory in Week 6.
At 6’4 and 205 pounds and with a forty time clocked around 4.4, Williams would be that vertical threat that could potentially replace Breshad Perriman who likely won’t be back with the Browns as contract negotiations haven’t progressed.
The problem would be the price tag in terms of a contract, Williams is being rumored to be getting an annual salary of $12 million per year. The Browns already have Jarvis Landry scheduled to make $14 million for 2019.
The Browns do have around $81 million in cap space as it stands currently but I do not see them putting a lot of money into the wide receiver position unless they can pull off a trade to get someone like Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham.
Williams has shown he can be a solid wide reciever but hasn’t shown enough to be paid like one of the top ten receivers in the game.