Gimme Him: Envisioning the impact of Ja’Marr Chase on the Browns

With the new season starting, we’re launching a weekly series called “Gimme Him.” In this series, we will be tirelessly poring over the weekly opponents’ roster before taking one of their best players and imagining the impact they would have on the Cleveland Browns. This week we turn our attention to wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.

The Bengals, our familiar foe, have brought back most of their starters from last season. The main addition the Bengals made this offseason was signing the monstrous Orlando Brown Jr. The Bengals know they must protect Joe Burrow at any cost to win. The cost of the transaction was losing former All-Pro safety Jessie Bates III. The Bengals hope that former first-round pick Dax Hill can step out of Bates’ shadow this season. The Bengals have done a commendable job of drafting for the future.

Overall, the Bengals are a talented team, and their front office deserves credit for operating on a tighter budget than most teams. However, the first “Gimme Him” selection should be quite obvious. No, it’s not D.J. Reader, one of the best nose tackles in the NFL, and an instant improvement to our defense. No, it’s not Joe Burrow.

The talented quarterback is on the eve of a record extension (Contracts and cap space are not taken into consideration.) and would be a nice addition to the Browns. His poise and leadership would provide a high floor for the Browns’ offense, but Deshaun Watson has had higher peaks. I’d rather live with the variance in Watson’s play and rely on our run game to provide the high floor for the offense.

The not-so-obvious obvious choice is Chase. He is likely to finish as the number-one wide receiver in fantasy football this season. Chase has been a superstar since the moment he reunited with Joe Burrow. I’m sick of it. I would love to be the Yoko Ono to their Beatles, the Rohan Marley to their Fugees, and break that band up. So, Gimme Ja’Marr Chase.

Chase is a top-three wide receiver who excels in every skill a wide receiver needs. He’s a tremendous route runner, who is fantastic at the catch point and even better after the catch. He is a complete wide receiver who is just getting better. He would be the instant focal point of a stacked Browns’ offense.

Defensive coordinators would have sleep exhaustion from worrying about how they can cover a trio of Chase, Amari Cooper, and Elijah Moore while keeping their run defense respectable enough to limit Nick Chubb. The Browns’ offense with Ja’Marr Chase would immediately challenge The Greatest Show on Turf, or the Chiefs’ when they had Tyreek Hill, for the most talented offense.

What do you think, Browns’ fans? Would you take Ja’Marr Chase or Joe Burrow? Let us know!

Story originally appeared on Browns Wire