The Cleveland Browns will be faced with multiple difficult decisions in the 2024 off-season. Today, we look at the team’s predicament at the tackle position. The Browns have one of the most expensive offensive lines in the NFL, with each of their starters garnering over $10 million per year, except for Ethan Pocic.

The Browns drafted tackle Dawand Jones in the fourth round of the 2023 draft, and after struggling through mini-camp, he came on strong in the preseason. In relief of right tackle Jack Conklin, he played tremendous football, reaching 29th in PFF’s tackle rankings before he was lost for the season with an MCL injury. He has been taken as high as a top-ten pick in 2023 redrafts this offseason. He has positioned himself to be one of the better tackles in the league after showing that he can use his 6-8, 385-pound frame to shut down some of the most formidable edge rushers in the league.

How can the Browns possibly have him start the season as a backup, considering the value they gained by drafting the big man? At the same time, Conklin is due $13.85 million of cash in 2024. If the Browns wanted to entertain trading him, they would have difficulty finding a trade partner willing to take on the guaranteed money and his injury risk.