Cleveland Browns sign DE Randy Starks

After being quite for most of the off-season, the Browns decided to add two 30+ year old free agents this off-season. Starks’ deal isn’t as (2 years, 8 million) as Tramon Williams’ deal, but there’s a reason for that. While Williams has yet to show any real signs of decline going into his age 32 season, Starks has. He graded out below average on 544 snaps last season, the first time he had graded out below average in Pro Football Focus’ history, since 2007.

Starks could bounce back in 2015, but, going into his age 32 season, it’s more likely that his best days are behind him. That’s why the Dolphins cut him, to save 5 million in cash and cap space. The Browns get him slightly cheaper than that, there’s no guaranteed money beyond 2015, and he’ll provide valuable depth as a 3-4 defensive end behind Desmond Bryant, John Hughes. It’s not a bad move, but it’s not a move I love either.

Grade: B




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