Browns Free Agency: Making Sense of Day One

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Jan 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis during media day for Super Bowl XLIX at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Why didn’t we spend money?

The Browns decide about how much they believe a player is worth and negotiate around that number. They are flexible but their analysis tells them how much a player is worth and they look to pay those players what they feel they are worth. It is tough to be disciplined to hold to your standards but it is not much different than the NFL Draft. If a player is rated 15th on the Browns board they likely will take him at 12. If he is rated 32nd on their board they will not, even if it fills a need.

Restaurants are the best real life example. Many make decisions to eat at certain places based on the value they believe they receive. You might pay $3 for a burger from Wendy’s but $12 for a burger from B-Spot. The reason behind that is what you value. Others may be willing to pay $20 for a burger from a fancier joint. We make food decisions based on our values, the Browns do the same for free agents. They may have the money to spend, doesn’t mean they feel like they should. You might have the money for a $20 burger but likely are not spending it if you do not value it.

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