According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Browns believe 2011 6th round pick Buster Skrine could develop into a starting caliber player. Skrine played sparingly as the Browns’ 4th cornerback as a rookie, but could be ticketed for a bigger role in 2012. Sheldon Brown is currently penciled in as the starter opposite Joe Haden, but he is 33 years old and has obviously seen better days.
The Browns passed on the opportunity to move Sheldon Brown to safety earlier this season, saying that he wouldn’t play safety unless a disaster happens. Given that, I would say that Brown still has the inside track at the starting job, but at the same time I wouldn’t be shocked by Skrine were the starter in 2012. Brown will be a 34 year old free agent next offseason so Skrine could definitely be a starter in 2013. If he wins the job this offseason, it would likely push Brown to 4th on the depth chart with specialist Dmitri Patterson solidified as their nickel back. If that happens, Brown, who is owed 3.7 million, could be cut as part of final cuts.