The Daily Dawg Tags brings you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including how much cap space remains following the first wave of free agency.
Cap space has not been an issue the Cleveland Browns have had to deal with the past several years. Typically, they are one of the teams that rank towards the top in the league in available cap space.
Entering this off-season, the Browns had around $80 million to spend in free agency and through trades. The cap space allowed Browns general manager John Dorsey to make some aggressive moves, including signing Sheldon Richardson and trading for Odell Beckham Jr.
But with some big extensions looming for the Browns, they are going to have to be wary of how much money they spend this off-season.
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Today’s featured article explains how much cap space remains for the Browns and how much the team could rollover to next year’s cap.
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"Browns general manager John Dorsey has spent nearly $43 million of the estimated $78.5 million in salary cap space he started with over a week ago.According to figures provided by the NFL players Association, as of Thursday afternoon, the Browns have $35,601,422 in salary cap space remaining."
Although the Browns still have plenty of cap space to make additional moves this off-season, it would be smart of Dorsey to hold on to this cap space. He may be all-in on winning this season, but being conservative with this cap space could extend Cleveland’s window another year or so.
Even though the NFL has become a passing league over the last decade, Mike Lukas explains why Baker Mayfield being the 2019 NFL passing leader would not mean the Browns are guaranteed to win the Super Bowl, let alone reach the “Big Game.”
"From a financial standpoint, the Beckham trade was a no-brainer for the Browns because the Giants have already paid him half of the $41 million guaranteed at signing, in the form of a $20 million signing bonus and $1.459 million base salary for 2018."
If the Cleveland Browns managed to get Beckham Jr. to play this season on his current contract, it would be a major plus for the organization. But considering Beckham’s talent, it would be more surprising if he plays this season without reworking his contract.
Despite being labeled as one of the worst organizations to play for in the past, the Browns have attracted some of the top talent in the league to Cleveland. Matthew McFatridge says the Browns are now one of the “destination” teams in the NFL.