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The Detroit Lions will be trading quarterback Matthew Stafford this offseason, and while the Cleveland Browns won’t remain in trade discussions for a signal-caller (they’ll start extension talks with Baker Mayfield instead), they could still seek to deal for a Detroit gamer. Here are five potential targets to supply defensive aid.

The 12th general pick in 2015, Danny Shelton invested the very first three seasons of his profession with the Browns prior to being shipped to the New England Patriots for a third-round pick, which was in fact quite great payment for the gamer that Shelton was. He’s gigantic at 6-2 and 345 pounds and requires a double-team and plays the run well. The problem is he does not offer anything as a pass-rusher in a passing league.

Larry Ogunjobi is not likely to return, and Sheldon Richardson could be a cap casualty as his $13 million income is awfully high for a player of his caliber. That leaves Andrew Billings and Jordan Elliott as the group’s just defensive takes on under agreement for next season. Shelton would cost $4 million versus the cap in 2021, which is $500K more than Billings will make.

There are gamers who make more sense for Cleveland, but a space-eating 1-tech would work, even if Shelton is supporting Billings. The 2 could play together in apparent run circumstances along with at the goal line. The Browns were terrible at stopping opponents on 4th down, so adding more size in the middle might assist with that next season.