Should be cut: T.J. Carrie, CB
Heading into 2019, the Cleveland Browns have to feel good about Denzel Ward and Terrance Mitchell as their starting corners. Behind them, there has to be a little concern. We already discussed E.J. Gaines and how he didn’t work out as a free agent signing, but he was at least in town on just a one-year deal.
Another free agent signing came in on a more lucrative deal but was constantly picked on by opposing teams. That would be T.J. Carrie, their free-agent pickup from the Oakland Raiders. To be fair to Carrie, he wasn’t terrible, but he’s not an ideal starter and he enters the coming season with a higher cap number than any other cornerback on the roster.
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Set to make $8.9 million in 2019 (according to OverTheCap.com), Carrie’s play comes nowhere close to that number. According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), he ranked No. 57 in the NFL with a grade of 67.
While he did come in just above Terrance Mitchell, Carrie Makes more than twice as much as Mitchell and there seemed to be more big plays out of Mitchell that countered the lapses in coverage. Cleveland could save $6 million by moving on from Carrie, and designating him a post-June 1 cut. They would be able to sign a replacement with that money and could also find some better help in the draft.
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