No. 5: Terrance Mitchell
The former seventh-round pick by the Chicago Bears has had a relatively long NFL career. The majority of his career has been on cheap, team-friendly contracts. When he arrived in Cleveland, he saw his biggest deal so far of his career, a three-year, $10 million contract. Entering the third year of his deal, he no longer has a lot of dead cap that would prevent him from being cut.
If the Browns were a salary cap-strapped team, then Terrance Mitchell could be a candidate for being cut, especially with how deep the Browns are at cornerback this season. Mitchell has played pretty well for the Browns considering the role he has had on the team. He’s not a starting cornerback, but a good depth piece to have.
At 28-years-old this season, and going to be turning 29 right around the beginning of next free agency, it is unlikely he gets a contract earning more money than what he has here with the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns could likely extend Mitchell for around the same amount of money he is currently making for a few more seasons. A slight pay cut would probably be required for an extension, but it would benefit both parties to keep Mitchell in Cleveland. With such a young roster, especially at the cornerback position, it would be nice to keep a veteran in the room.