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How trading for Olivier Vernon can help give the Browns one of the NFL’s top defenses

Now that the Browns have a franchise quarterback in Baker Mayfield, they can be a bit more aggressive with their roster-building efforts. They took their first big swing of the offseason by trading offensive guard Kevin Zeitler to the Giants for defensive end Olivier Vernon.

Even before adding Vernon, the Browns had a solid defense last season. They finished 15th in opposing yards per play and sixth in opposing adjusted net yards per pass attempt. One crucial area where they struggled last season was sacking the quarterback. Cleveland finished 28th in sack percentage with just 5.6 percent of their opposing dropbacks ending in a sack.

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