Are the Cleveland Browns entering their Super Bowl window?
The Cleveland Browns have built a loaded roster, but have they done enough to put themselves in a window to compete for the Super Bowl?
The Cleveland Browns are going to have to deal with a lot of expectations in 2019 after building an extremely talented roster. And the team is prepared for the expectations that they have been hearing about.
Whether it be the team winning the AFC North division title or just reaching the postseason for only the second time since returning to Cleveland in 1999, the Browns are ready to handle the expectations. But there is a reason they have those expectations, and it is because the roster has hardly any holes.
With an offense built around Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr., as well as a defense with the likes of Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward, and the Browns have built a strong and competitive core that is also young.
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Because of how general manager John Dorsey has surrounded his young core with veteran talent and solid depth, it is hard to find many weaknesses. And because of the veteran leadership and depth, managing injuries is not a major concern.
Because of the talent on the roster, Conor Orr of Sports Illustrated believes the Browns are entering a window to be legitimate contenders for the Lombardi Trophy.
"Baker Mayfield carries a lot of weight here. He played at an All-Pro level at times during his rookie season, which, as we’ve seen, can rapidly accelerate the rebuild timeline. And while John Dorsey may have microwaved the process a little bit, the team has anchors at the three most important positions in football, all under 25: Mayfield (24), Myles Garrett (23) and Denzel Ward (22). – Orr, Sports Illustrated"
Having a young quarterback with the talent of Mayfield on a rookie deal will make it a lot easier for teams to build a strong roster, they just have to find that talented young quarterback. And the Browns have been able to utilize their cap space to give Mayfield plenty of offensive weapons.
2019 will be the first season the Browns can be a competitive team and a threat for the AFC Championship, but they will face many tough decisions for the next couple of seasons if they want to retain their talent to maintain their window.
The Browns will have many of their key players entering the final years of their contracts and needing extensions, but the organization will have limited cap space to make those deals. So they are going to have to find ways to create cap space to keep their top talent. If they are able to do so, then they should have an extended window to compete for Super Bowls.
Cleveland’s front office has done a masterful job of building the roster, which has put them in this position of being contenders. But if they want to have an extended window of being Super Bowl contenders, they are going to have to get creative with their cap space and roster in the next couple of seasons. But currently, they have the talent to be one of the most dangerous teams in the AFC.