Eric Berry has been linked to the Cleveland Browns on a number of occasions and the talk has picked up again in recent weeks. He has obvious connections to John Dorsey with their time together with Kansas City. Berry is an immense talent that could be a top down safety to compliment Morgan Burnett, who is more of a box safety, to fully man the position next to Damarious Randall.
Berry has a lot to offer this defense, but he's played just three games in the past two seasons. It's also unclear how badly he wanted to play last year, coming off the heel injury so even if the body is willing, the spirit is the question mark. It would for the Browns wait a few months even if they do intend to make the move.
The team just drafted Sheldrick Redwine out of the University of Miami in the fourth round and even if the goal is that he not play a down this season, he could benefit immensely from getting a ton of reps at strong safety in obvious passing situations as well as free safety to backup Randall.
Because of the risk involved with Berry, Redwine may need to play this year anyway, so it's important that he has every opportunity to get himself ready. Certainly, Berry would need reps and time to get comfortable in the defensive scheme and new teammates, but far fewer. Waiting to add Berry would also help the Browns evaluate their secondary to figure out which defensive back would be released to add Berry before the season starts. Waiting also keeps their options open in case a better option presents itself such as Tre Boston, who has played for Steve Wilks.
Berry is an interesting option, but he's not going anywhere quickly, so the Browns can be patient to evaluate what's on the roster first, then in July or August, if they still want to bring in Berry, they are more prepared for life with or life without him in this defense.