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Torry Holt - Should he be on the Browns' Radar Screen?


There is real concern these days about the Browns' receivers situation given the release of Winslow and Joey J. and the ongoing legal troubles for Stallworth.

The Browns just signed veteran receiver David Patten. It is believed that the Browns may look to sign another receiver for extra depth, especially if the Team sticks with the plan to focus on the defensive side of the football in the college Draft.

If Cleveland is looking around the league to sign another free agent receiver, then Torry Holt should be seriously considered. He is the best free agent receiver left on the market, no doubt about it. He is younger and better than Patten. But the Browns better act fast because other teams including the Jaguars are interested in Holt.

Torry has played his entire career with the St. Louis Rams. He was selected by the Rams in the first round of the 1999 college Draft - the sixth pick overall. He played his college football at North Carolina State.

Holt's nickname with the Rams and around the league is "Big Game". He has certainly earned that name. In his very first year as a pro, Torry posted more than 50 receptions, almost 800 yards, six touchdowns and a Super Bowl victory. Not a bad way to enter the NFL. Since then, Holt became the only receiver in league history to post six consecutive seasons of 1300+ yards receiving. He has been named to the Pro Bowl 7 times including 5 straight. He ranks among the top 10 active receivers in yards, touchdowns and receptions. He has led the NFL twice in receiving yards and once in receptions. Holt is very close to joining the top ten in league history in total receiving yards. He was the fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards. Over ten years with the Rams, Torry's final stats are amazing: he started every game except 11; he amassed 869 receptions, 12,660 yards and 74 touchdowns. He is the NFL record holder for consecutive seasons with at least 1300 yards (6), consecutive seasons with 90+ receptions (6), and Torry and Marvin Harrison are the only two receivers in league history to post more than one 1600+ yard receiving season.

Torry Holt is likely a future Hall of Famer.

He is also a decent man. He gives a lot of time and money to charity. In 1999, Torry created the Holt Foundation to help fight cancer with a focus on children.

This guy deserves to be picked up, and why not by the Browns if we are looking for more depth at the receiver position? He was released by the Rams on March 13, and he will not last long on the market. Why he was not considered before Patten, we do not know (maybe he was?). But he should certainly be considered now if it means that we can focus on the defense at the college Draft.

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-Clayton

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