The Cleveland Browns have gathered quality talent over the past couple of seasons, and they will have to start paying for that talent.
The Cleveland Browns have done well building their roster through the draft over the past couple of seasons. Starting with the Sashi Brown era, the buildup of draft assets allowed them to add quality talent.
With the amount of players on their rookie contracts, the Browns have been able to field a competitive roster while still having plenty of cap space.
Heading into the 2019 off-season, the Browns have the fourth-most cap space available with roughly $75 million, according to Spotrac. They trail only the Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills in available cap space.
However, while building a roster through the draft is important, it makes it difficult on the organization after a couple of seasons. If an organization is able to find multiple talented players in a single draft, they will have to pay those players at the same time at some point down the road.
The Browns are starting to reach that point with their roster. The Browns are starting to see the players they drafted finish their rookie contracts and are close to needing extensions.
Cleveland does not have many players needing to be re-signed during the 2019 off-season. They will be able to re-sign most of their free agents while not taking a big dent out of their cap space.
Instead, the Browns have multiple players that will have one year left on their deals heading into the 2019 season. There are four players that should receive contract extensions over the spring and summer.
Here are the four Cleveland Browns that should be candidates for contract extensions at some point during the off-season.