Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported a strategy I had not considered in letting all of these free agents walk. The Browns, namely, are trying to get compensatory draft picks for losing free agents, and only targeting players who were cut (and thus cost no pick). Tramon Williams might cost Cleveland a pick, but they’d still be at +3 in terms of bonus picks.
I actually feel a little better about Cleveland’s inactivity now. I think Farmer’s been a very solid drafter. Most of his first draft has already made an impact on the roster. Just because Justin Gilbert isn’t immediately Joe Haden 2.0 or because Cleveland fans want to string up Johnny Manziel for seven freakin’ quarters doesn’t mean those picks won’t turn out too.