COMMENTARY | The front office of the Cleveland Browns has a huge task ahead of them this offseason.
In addition to finding a new head coach, it will be imperative that the Browns improve their roster significantly for Cleveland to have any legitimate playoff hopes in 2014. Going 4-12 with a team that had five Pro Bowlers in 2013 is the most obvious sign that the Browns have way too much dead weight on their roster.
While there are certainly many candidates, these are the five main players whom the Browns should not bring back for next season:
Jason Campbell, QB
After a string of solid efforts in his first few starts with the Browns, Campbell flamed out in a major way over the final three weeks of the season, and doesn't need to be with Cleveland in 2014. By then, the Browns should have a healthy Brian Hoyer, and very possibly, a quarterback acquired in the NFL draft. Campbell's only use at this point in his NFL career is as a backup quarterback.
Greg Little, WR
Little is a physical specimen for sure, but an NFL wide receiver he is not. Despite having probably the best wideout in the AFC -- Josh Gordon -- lining up across the field from him for most of 2013, Little struggled once again in his third NFL season. Little caught just 41 of the 99 passes thrown his way last season, and averaged a mediocre 11.3 yards per catch.
Willis McGahee, RB
McGahee should have been a stopgap for the Browns at running back after the Trent Richardson trade, but he ended up being Cleveland's featured back for over half the season, which was not a good thing. McGahee is visibly past his prime and lacks the speed at this point to be considered a threat by opposing defenses. It's not all McGahee's fault, as the Browns should've explored other options at tailback, but Cleveland needs to cut ties with him before 2014.
Craig Robertson, LB
Robertson seemingly came out of nowhere to put up a solid season for the Browns in 2012. Unfortunately, in 2013, Robertson was often the weakest link in an otherwise solid Cleveland defense. Robertson was burned repeatedly in pass coverage, as opposing quarterbacks seemingly picked on him at times.
Brandon Weeden, QB
The most obvious choice on the list, Weeden has done nothing in his two seasons with the Browns to prove he can be a starting quarterback in this league. A darling of Cleveland's previous regime, Weeden was given a second chance in 2013 after a tough rookie season, and may have actually regressed in Norv Turner's offense. Already on the wrong side of 30, Weeden might have a hard time getting a job anywhere in the NFL at this point.
Shaun Heidrick is a Yahoo Contributor who has followed the Cleveland Browns for over 25 years.
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