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State of the Franchise: Cleveland Browns Wide Receivers

We break down the Cleveland Browns wide receiver group. Where they stand now, and what they still need to do.
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STATE OF THE FRANCHISE: CLEVELAND BROWNS WIDE RECEIVERS

RESOURCES: Player Ratings by PFF.com | Player Contracts by Spotrac.com | Stats by ESPN.com

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CLEVELAND BROWNS WIDE RECEIVER ROOM GRADE: B

The starting trio makes a formidable starting group and the addition of Jakeem Grant Sr. means the Browns are fairly stable at wide receiver and Deshaun Watson won’t be starving for talented targets. Amari Cooper is an outstanding route-running veteran and Donovan Peoples-Jones has developed well and has true star potential. The Browns could provide competition at their WR3 position by signing someone like a Laquon Treadwell-type veteran or via the 2022 NFL Draft.

CLEVELAND BROWNS WIDE RECEIVERS DEPTH CHART

Amari Cooper

  • Bio – 6’1”, 210 lbs | Alabama | 27 yo (6/17/1994)
  • Stats (2021) – 104 tgts | 68 rec | 865 yds | 8 TDs
  • PFF Grade (2021) – 72.9 Ovr
  • Contract – Amari Cooper signed a 5 year [2020-2024], $100,000,000 contract with the Dallas Cowboys, including a $10,000,000 signing bonus, $60,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $20,000,000. In 2022, Cooper will earn a base salary of $20,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $20,000,000.

Donovan Peoples-Jones

  • Bio – 6’2”, 208 lbs | Michigan | 23 yo (2/19/1999)
  • Stats (2021) – 58 tgts | 34 rec | 597 yds | 3 TDs
  • PFF Grade (2021) – 65.7 Ovr
  • Contract – Donovan Peoples-Jones signed a 4 year [2020-2023], $3,481,608 contract with the Cleveland Browns, including a $186,608 signing bonus, $186,608 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $870,402. In 2022, Peoples-Jones will earn a base salary of $895,000, while carrying a cap hit of $941,652 and a dead cap value of $93,304.

Anthony Schwartz

  • Bio – 6’0”, 179 lbs | Auburn | 21 yo (9/5/2000)
  • Stats (2021) – 23 tgts | 10 rec | 135 yds | 1 TDs
  • PFF Grade (2021) – 57.4 Ovr
  • Contract – Anthony Schwartz signed a 4 year [2021-2024], $4,863,022 contract with the Cleveland Browns, including a $896,744 signing bonus, $896,744 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $1,215,756. In 2022, Schwartz will earn a base salary of $881,046, while carrying a cap hit of $1,105,232 and a dead cap value of $672,558.

Demetric Felton

  • Bio – 5’10”, 200 lbs | UCLA | 23 yo (7/16/1998)
  • Stats (2021) – 21 tgts | 18 rec | 181 yds | 2 TDs
  • PFF Grade (2021) – 78.1 Ovr
  • Contract – Demetric Felton signed a 4 year [2021-2024], $3,641,140 contract with the Cleveland Browns, including a $161,140 signing bonus, $161,140 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $910,285. In 2022, Felton will earn a base salary of $825,000, while carrying a cap hit of $865,285 and a dead cap value of $120,855.

Bench Depth

J. Grant Sr., J. Bradley

Analysis

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Strength of Group Score: Check back when we finish the wide receiver position group breakdown for every NFL team to see how they score.

Fantasy Analysis

With the addition of Deshaun Watson the Cleveland Browns wide receivers receive a serious boost to their fantasy football values. Amari Cooper will be the first to come to mind but the younger Donovan Peoples-Jones will be the better value. He will likely go after Cooper in standard re-draft fantasy leagues but has major breakout potential and is worth drafting earlier in dynasty leagues.

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