Cleveland Browns: 5 potential salary cap cuts now that Andrew Berry is GM
By Randy Gurzi
Andrew Berry is the Cleveland Browns newest general manager and could decide to get rid of several high-priced players from the John Dorsey regime.
Things went south quickly for John Dorsey with the Cleveland Browns. He was hired as their general manager in 2017 and vowed to get ‘real players’ for the team. He then set out to make good on that promise as he released, and traded, many of the players brought in by the previous regime.
Dorsey made some big splashes as he added high-profile names such as Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, Denzel Ward, Olivier Vernon, and Odell Beckham, Jr. in just two seasons.
However, he also burnt through a lot of the salary cap and missed on some high draft picks — such as the No. 33 selection in 2018 which he used on Austin Corbett who is no longer in Cleveland. He also made what proved to be a bad choice when hiring Freddie Kitchens as the head coach in 2019.
Now with Dorsey out, Andrew Berry comes in to take his place. He’s familiar with the team as he was part of their front office from 2016 through 2018. Like Dorsey, he will now get to work building his roster and could decide to move on from players added by his predecessor should their contracts not seem desirable to him.
Here we look at the five most likely salary cap casualties for Berry and the Cleveland Browns.
Notable Omission: Eric Kush, Guard
After trading away Kevin Zeitler for Olivier Vernon, John Dorsey expected Austin Corbett to take over at right guard. That ended up being a failure and the 33rd overall pick in 2018 was traded to the Rams for a late-round selection in just his second season.
Even though Dorsey hoped Corbett could step up, he had some doubts which is why he signed Eric Kush in the offseason. Kush ended up getting a crack at the starting job as well, but he also struggled. Now, he enters this season with a price tag of roughly $2.4 million. That’s too much to pay a backup guard, so he could be one and done in Cleveland.