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AFC North: Young Talent and Free Agency Has Cleveland Browns Relevant for 2013

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December 30, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end Benjamin Watson (82) runs after a pass reception and stiff arms Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker

James Harrison

(92) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

This article is going to address a subject that many Cleveland fans are already aware of. It’s also going to address a subject that will make nearly everyone else laugh.

This article is about the emergence of the Cleveland Browns, and by no means should you be laughing.

The last decade (besides 2007‘s 10-6 finish) has certainly not been kind to the Browns or their fans, as the team is repeatedly picked for a high first round draft pick.

However, their quarterback Brandon Weeden showed some sparks of his potential last season, and when he was healthy, Trent Richardson proved his value in the backfield.

Their defense lacked a bit in terms of yards allowed, but was fairly strong when it counted, limiting red zone touchdowns.

Free Agency brought the loss of receiver and star punt-returner Josh Cribbs, as he will be an Arizona Cardinal next year. However, Free Agency has also brought a plethora of good news for Browns fans, as the higher-ups not only realize they have some money, but are willing to spend it. That’s an exciting sentiment, and one not shared by the people of Cincinnati.

The former defensive star from Baltimore, Paul Kruger will be playing for the Browns next season.

They signed Desmond Bryant and OLB Quentin Groves as well, adding key additions to a front seven that was dangerous to begin with. Both will likely help to bolster the Browns’ pass rush in 2013.

The team also signed TE Gary Barnidge, formerly with the Carolina Panthers.