NFL teams can begin speaking with free agents on March 15, and it is known who the Browns will call once the legal tampering window opens.
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports that Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David is on the team’s radar as an upgrade to their defense. David had 117 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries for the Bucs during the 2020 season.
David has spent his entire nine-year career in Tampa and will likely have plenty of suitors if he hits the open market. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht have expressed a desire to prevent that from happening, but the Bucs have several key free agents, so that may not be possible.
BJ Goodson and Malcolm Smith played the most plays as linebacker for the Browns last season. They will both be free agents, and that probably means a different look at linebacker even if David doesn’t make it to Cleveland.