#Heytony: What Are The Pros And Cons Of Moving The Browns To A Brook Park Location?

Could this be the site of a future Browns indoor stadium?

Could this be the site of a future Browns indoor stadium?

#HeyTony: What are the pros and cons of moving the Browns to a Brook Park location?

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Editor's note: Tony Grossi is a Cleveland Browns analyst for TheLandOnDemand.com and 850 ESPN Cleveland. He has covered the Browns since 1984.

Hey Tony: What are your thoughts on the Browns possibly moving to Brook Park? What are some pros and cons?

-- APJ, Cleveland, OH

Hey APJ: I don’t have a problem with it. The present stadium location is incredibly inaccessible and limited. The Brook Park location makes a lot more sense. There’s nothing sacred about keeping the Browns on the lakefront, in my opinion. If the Haslams want an indoor stadium 10 miles from downtown and are up for investing more of their money into the project, I say go for it.  

Hey Tony: Are there any concerns of Deshaun Watson’s arm strength returning to what it was before injury? And if so, what precautions do you think the front office has in place if there are concerns? Could Justin Fields be in the conversation? 

-- Sam, Lorain, OH

Hey Sam: The Browns say there are no concerns of Watson not making a full recovery from his shoulder surgery. Keeping him on the field and avoiding some other injury, however, should be a concern. For that reason, they should have learned to have a capable veteran backup on the roster just in case. And, no, I don’t think Fields would be in the conversation.

Hey Tony: With the running game on the mend, will there be a concerted effort to have Watson stretch the field in the early part of the season?

-- Mike, Parma, OH

Hey Mike: Frankly, I don’t know what to expect from the running game in 2024. The switch to coordinator Ken Dorsey and the exodus of line coach Bill Callahan has me a bit concerned, to be honest.

Hey Tony: What’s your honest opinion on what we are going to do regarding Nick Chubb (aka as my favorite player)?

-- Jed, Middlefield, OH

Hey Jed: I believe the Browns and Chubb will agree to a contract redo that will promote his return in 2024 and possibly beyond.

Hey Tony: Do you believe the Browns will be aggressive in acquiring a “good” wide receiver in the offseason?

-- Frank, Phoenix, AZ

Hey Frank: Aggressive? Yes. Successful? Not sure. I think they better evaluate the receivers in the draft and strive to select the best one with their pick in the second round.

Hey Tony: Any chance Chris Jones can be part of the Browns?

-- Ken, Medina, OH

Hey Ken: I can’t think of a player acquisition that would make a bigger impact. Given the Browns’ salary cap constraints, however, I don’t think it has a chance of happening.

Hey Tony: Should we be at all worried about Dustin Hopkins hamstring injury hindering him next season?

-- Jacob, Parma, OH

Hey Jacob: Hopkins has a history of hamstring injuries. Instructing him not to sprint aimlessly down the field chasing a returner would help.

Hey Tony: When would be the first year the Browns could realistically get rid of Watson and his contract if he falls flat in 2024?

-- Josh, Galena, OH

Hey Josh: Watson has three more seasons of guaranteed salaries of $46 million and cap numbers of about $64 million. If the Browns separated from Watson after 2024, it would count about $110 million on their salary cap. After 2025, the figure would be about $64 million. Because of a restructuring last season, even after Watson’s contract runs out, there is a cap charge of about $9 million in 2027.

Hey Tony: Would the Steelers consider picking Joe Flacco as their starting QB next season?

-- David, Cedar Park, TX

Hey David: My feeling is the Steelers would first research the possibility of a trade for Justin Fields. I think Flacco is heading elsewhere, perhaps New England.

Hey Tony: What is Clay’s (Matthews) path to the HOF? Long overdue.

-- Dave, Fairlawn, OH

Hey Dave: Matthews’ modern-era eligibility has expired. Thus, he has to be revived as a seniors candidate. Each year, the seniors committee – a subset of the full, 50-member selection committee – whittles down a list of 40 or so seniors candidates to, say, two or three. Those finalists are then presented to the full selection committee for vote. The problem is there are dozens of overlooked, qualified HOF candidates in the seniors category, and only two or three make it out every year.