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Browns are anticipated to spend $13 million on a first-round selection.

Despite trade rumors, the Cleveland Browns are expected to pick up cornerback Greg Newsome’s fifth-year option. Newsome was a first-round pick of the Browns in 2021 and has had an interesting tenure in Cleveland. He’s proven to be a solid option at cornerback but has been outshined by Martin Emerson Jr., who has assumed a larger role on the defense. The emergence of Emerson and the presence of Pro Bowler Denzel Ward has Newsome playing primarily in the slot. Initially, Newsome was not a huge fan of the duty. He pushed back against it prior to last season, generating some trade buzz. However, he has settled in under Jim Schwartz.

At first, Newsome did not think the job was all that great. Before the previous season, he resisted it, creating some trade talk. But he’s become accustomed to Jim Schwartz.

Newsome, a former first-round selection, is worth $13.38 million for the 2025 season and is connected to a five-year option. The Browns must decide whether to accept the option by May 2. Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, a Browns insider, thinks the team will follow through.

Cabot said on April 7 that “the Browns are expected to pick that up by the May 2 deadline.” “The Browns, who have four excellent cornerbacks in Denzel Ward, Newsome, Martin Emerson Jr., and [Cameron] Mitchell, believe that you can never have too many. According to Pro Football Focus, Newsome and Ward were tied for the 42nd-best cornerback in the NFL in 2023. Emerson came in at number sixty-three.

It’s unclear how long Greg Newsome will stay with the Browns.
Newsome will be associated with the Browns for two more seasons if the team chooses to exercise his fifth-year option. If Newsome stays in Cleveland for a longer period of time, who knows. In addition to having several big contracts on file, the Browns will eventually have to pay Emerson. In 2022, Ward agreed to a lucrative five-year contract worth more than $100 million.

This offseason, there have been trade rumors involving Newsome. However, the Browns view Newsome as an important member of the defense, at least for the time being.

At the NFL annual meetings on April 1, Browns general manager Andrew Berry stated, “I can’t control what players come up in trade rumors.” “That is something we do every year, but we are happy with Greg and hope he stays a key member of our team.”

During the previous season, Newsome recorded career highs in tackles (49), tackles for loss (4), pass breakups (14) and interceptions (2). That is not to say, however, that Newsome’s life was easy. He had a few bad games, one of which was in the postseason versus the Houston Texans. Newsome received a dismal PFF score of 29.4 in the end.

Browns Return Important Defense Pieces
The Browns’ defense last season yielded the fewest yards per game in the NFL, at just 270.2. The majority of that unit’s essential players, notably pass-rusher Za’Darius Smith, who re-signed with the Browns via free agency, will be returning to Cleveland.

There will be some fresh faces at linebacker for the Browns. This offseason, Cleveland signed contracts with Jordan Hicks and Devin Bush, a former first-round selection. The two’s arrival ought to partially offset Sione Takitaki and Anthony Walker’s losses.

The current Defensive Player of the Year, Myles Garrett, will also be available to Cleveland. Since his rookie season, he has averaged at least 10 sacks per season, and he recorded 14 last season.

This season, the opponents facing the Browns defense will be more difficult to predict. Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Lamar Jackson, and Dak Prescott are a few quarterbacks on the schedule.

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