Cleveland Browns: Is John Dorsey spending too much money?
Cory Kinnan of NFL Spin Zone likes the work done by Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey, but hopes he learned from his mistakes in Kansas City
There’s no debating the fact that general manager John Dorsey has improved the Cleveland Browns roster dramatically in the past two offseasons. Taking over a struggling franchise with no real stars (outside of a young, but impressive Myles Garrett), he’s come in and landed Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward, Olivier Vernon, Sheldon Richardson, and Odell Beckham, Jr.
All that talent has the team ready to start contending in the AFC North, and in fact, they’ve started to become favorites to win their division due to the influx of talent. This is no surprise given Dorsey’s track record of being able to bring talent to a team in a hurry — much as he did with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Having said that, Cory Kinnan of NFL Spin Zone is a little concerned that Dorsey may do something else in Cleveland that he did with the Chiefs: overspend.
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Kinnan estimates that the Browns are sitting at roughly $32.7 million under the cap space, which seems fine. However, he says that doesn’t feel as comforting when you consider all the young stars who are about to start asking for new deals.
"“This leaves Cleveland sitting at right about $32.7 million left in cap space. However, they have a handful of quality starters in the last year of their deals, including linebacker Joe Schobert, wide receiver Rashard Higgins, center J.C. Tretter, and the previously mentioned Randall.These four players alone will demand around $32 million in total annually on the open market as Schobert could be looking over $12 million in the face, and Randall, Tretter, and Higgins around $8 million each annually if they continue their solid play in 2019.” — Kinnan, NFL Spin Zone"
From there, Kinnan suggests that some big contract players could be on the way out in 2020 as they open up more space. He suggests Christian Kirksey, T.J. Carrie, and Jarvis Landry could all be salary cap cuts and that Terrance Mitchell may not be back either as his deal expires.
In response to the concerns, it really feels too early to be worried. As Kinnan points out, they have options to release players that may not be living up to their contract status. The ability to shift money around like this makes the cap an incredibly fluid thing — and something that can be worked around.
Cleveland isn’t close to salary cap drama yet, so we shouldn’t panic. Right now, the focus needs to be on finally having a team that contends in their division.