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The Cleveland Browns have set themselves up over the past three years to have loads of cap space to use to add talent to their roster.
Entering this offseason, the Browns were close to the top of the league in cap space. But after making several high-profile additions, the Cleveland front office has taken a big chunk out of their available money.
But even though they have taken a big chunk out of their cap space, they are still in the running to sign defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, whose career performance should help him land a deal close to $10 million.
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Today’s featured article explains why the Browns can still afford McCoy even though they are one of the teams expected to spend the most money in 2019.
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"The fact that the Browns are able to bid for the services of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy — who likely will command something in the area of $10 million a season and could make a decision Tuesday with the Browns a real contender for his services — is a direct reflection of the fact that the Browns rolled over more salary cap money than any team in the league."
The Browns may be digging themselves into a hole with their cap space because of the players they are going to have to sign to new contracts in the near future, but they obviously feel like they have an opportunity to make noise in 2019. And they may not have to pay McCoy as much as expected because McCoy has mentioned that the most important thing to him is winning, not signing another big deal.
The Browns are receiving a lot of attention this offseason because of the talent they have in the passing game. But Elliot Kennel notes that the Browns have a loaded backfield, and the numbers prove that.
"While Beckham and Landry are likely to draw much of a defense’s attention, the Browns’ young pass-catchers should see plenty of favorable matchups in the upcoming year. There may not be a ton of volume to go around to all three, but this receiving corps should cause problems for many defensive coordinators throughout the 2019 season."
Baker Mayfield showed last season how he rarely will lock onto one receiver for an entire game and was regularly completing passes to eight or nine different receivers. In Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, he will have two receivers who should be getting the ball often. But with the talent up and down the depth chart, he will have weapons he can use to take advantage of almost any defense.
The Browns may have not spent too much time with their new roster yet this offseason, but Jermaine Whitehead is apparently turning heads already. That includes Steve Wilks, who reportedly said Whitehead is a leader on his defense.