We have a "star-studded lineup," so it's gonna be a necessary conversation. And more stars are emerging, including one that surprises nobody: Larry Ogunjobi, and he's in a contract year.
Right now, Larry is the #1 DT against the run and #2 overall. He'd be an All Pro. And it's no an accident, he came into the season cut up like a monster. I say surprises nobody because the team has always seemed to know it was more when than if with him taking the next step.
Message from your sponsor: The top 2 PFF rookie DL in the NFL are playing Sunday in Cleveland. One is Chase Young. The other is Jordan Elliott. The guy who's season screamed 1st round but he went in the 3rd round because, uhm... shit, I never did figure it out. I did read that he was a late bloomer but he's bloomed.
A ton of mocks have had the Browns taking an IDL in R1 next season... but I'd start rethinking that. Ogunjobi is gonna get paid. Makes zero sense to develop him into a star and then try to replace him. Sheldon's tearing it up, too, not sure how long he's under contract but you surely wouldn't let him go. Right now we have arguably the best DL in football, or right up there.
Seems like the long-term starter opposite Myles isn't on the roster. Also seems likely we'll be watching our LBs and safeties very closely the rest of the season, but I still won't be stunned if some combo of Ronnie Harrison, Joseph, Redwine, Mack Wilson, Malcolm Smith, Phillips, BJ, and Sione don't coalesce. And good news on Delpit in March also changes that equation.
I'd lay money on Baker, Denzel, and Larry getting paid. Chubb? I know they'll try so it comes down to whether he values career longevity V. a bigger 4-year deal with the accompanying workload. If anybody would accept a longer deal (5 years) for a little less per year, it might be Chubb.
We're gonna be a lot like the Rams, I think. We have such clear cornerstones at cornerstone positions... and any DL is cornerstone-ey even if it isn't in the big 5 (QB, LT, WR1, Edge, CB). We'll have big money tied up at 6 positions and then probably at RB.
I'm saying OBJ is gone.