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Poll results: Browns should target ILB, OG, RB

There is no clear consensus on where the Cleveland Browns should turn in free agency.

That’s the word from 1,700-some voters, who recognize that the Browns have several needs and focusing on any one of them is not easy.

Twenty-nine percent said the emphasis should be on inside linebacker.

Twenty-five percent said a guard.

Twenty-three percent said a running back.

That’s nearly 80 percent of the vote for those three positions.

Receiver and safety brought up the rear, with nine percent and 14 percent.

It’s interesting that safety came in so low. Many rumors as the start of free agency approaches have the Browns targeting Jairus Byrd of Buffalo or Donte Whitner of San Francisco.

Whitner’s name has bubbled recently. Byrd’s has been out there since the end of the Renaissance. Both could be targeted, but the Browns have kept a tight lid on what they might or might not do.

Voters clearly felt the release of D'Qwell Jackson catapulted inside linebacker to a top priority. It’s logical, given the struggles of Craig Robertson a year ago as well.

The voting favoring a guard and running back also are logical. The Browns lack a second guard to go with John Greco, and they need a legitimate running back for the offense. At present they do not have one.

What’s easy to see is the Browns have a lot of needs.

How many they can fill in free agency without upsetting their salary structure is the first big challenge of new General Manager Ray Farmer’s tenure.