Though there are indications that the Browns will, once again, not spend much money in free agency, it is still worth noting that the team is currently $45.6 million under the salary cap, second only to the Bengals ($50.6 million).
It never hurts to be well under the salary cap, but people like to have exceedingly lofty expectations when it comes to free agency. Rare is the situation where signing multiple big-name free agents pans out well – just look at the Eagles of the past few seasons.
Free agency works better as a means to plug holes and bring depth to certain positions. In the Browns’ case this offseason, they need all the help they can get at linebacker and along the defensive line. The names that will be brought in, if any are brought in at all, won’t be flashy, but they can make the difference for a defense going through a major transition.
Or we can spend our time fantasizing about absurd signings that won’t happen. That seems like the more likely scenario.