The Browns are expected to move on from free agent running back Isaiah Crowell according to Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland.
The news is not surprising considering that the team chose not to extend Crowell’s contract last season. Entering his age-25 season, Crowell has not been a difference-making running back in Cleveland but has had little help from either the coaching staff or the rest of the team’s offense. Originally an undrafted free agent out of Alabama State in 2014, Crowell has never had a 1,000-yard season in his four years in Cleveland and is not much of a receiver out of the backfield. His 2017 season was especially disappointing with only two touchdowns in 206 carries. On the other hand, he has been extremely durable and has not missed a regular season game in his NFL career. And because he has been a part of a running back committee throughout his NFL career, Crowell has a lot less tread on his tires than most if not all power backs his age.
There are rumors that the Browns plan to draft a running back with one of their two first round draft picks and it is even possible they could take the coveted and massively talented Saquon Barkley No.1-overall and address their QB issue with the No.4-overall pick. But Crowell should draw a lot of interest as an early-down committee back in power schemes-the kind of role that has earned LeGarrette Blount back-to-back Super Bowls rings.
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