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Get me Cliff Avril!

Cleveland (WOIO) - "Get me Cliff Avril!". If I was one of those old Hollywood execs, sitting behind the oak desk, barking out orders, that's what I'd tell Mike Lombardi. Get me Cliff Avril. Because of all the A-list free agents on the market, I believe he's the one who can make the biggest, and most immediate, impact.

Avril's body of work speaks for itself. Five years of fierce, disruptive football. Averages 8 sacks per year, with 20.5 in the last two seasons. He's also forced 16 fumbles, and shows the athleticism and quickness necessary to drop back from defensive end to linebacker.

Paul Kruger is also on the Browns' radar. In fact, he may be higher on their list, as they reportedly prepare for a bidding war against the Indianapolis Colts. Kruger is coming off a 9-sack season himself, but hasn't done it quite as long, or quite as well, as Avril, in my opinion.

The issue may be money. Avril is seeking $10 mil a year. Or the issue may be a reluctance to invest that much in a guy who'll be switching positions. But Avril would get my first phone call.

I want the Browns to make a giant splash in this market. I want them to be the talk of the NFL, if only for a moment. I want an A-list player.

Get me Cliff Avril!


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