Eric Hagg has “early edge” on Browns’ starting free safety job

The Browns lost starting safety Mike Adams this offseason to the Denver Broncos. Usama Young, who played decent in place of the injured TJ Ward last season at safety, seemed like a natural fit to be promoted from within. However, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, it is Eric Hagg, not Young, who is working out with the 1st team in OTAs and “has the early edge” on being promoted from within for the starting job.

Hagg was a 7th round pick in 2011 and played sparingly as a rookie, but he reportedly is impressing in OTAs and the Browns seem to feel he’s poised for a breakout year in 2012. He would start opposite TJ Ward, who is one of the better young safeties in the league when healthy. When healthy is the key term as Ward as an extensive injury history going back to his days at Oregon. He stayed healthy as a rookie in 2010, but chances are that if Usama Young doesn’t win the starting safety job over Hagg, he will still make a few spot starts in place of an injured Ward in 2012.

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