Cleveland Browns: 3 contract extensions that won’t happen

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Andrew Berry has already begun thinking about contract extensions, but here are 3 Cleveland Browns that may get left out on the long-term plan.

The Cleveland Browns are at a very interesting point in time. On one side, you can start to resign guys a little bit early before the season.  You recently saw Andrew Berry ink Nick Chubb to a 3-year extension. On the flip side, Berry could also take the approach to sit back and wait until the end of the season to start thinking about a contract extension.

Each strategy has its pros and cons. Waiting to sign someone can give them a little bit of extra time to make sure you know exactly what you are getting. Guys who have struggled with injuries are always great to approach this way.

However, if you wait, and then they have a great season, it can cost you a ton of money. One deal I think that will get done is Denzel Ward. Waiting seems like the right strategy just because of his struggles to stay on the field, but his market value could skyrocket if he plays all 16 games in 2021 and becomes an All-Pro.

The focus recently has been on the contracts that will get done in the next 12 months, as well as bad contracts that the Cleveland Browns currently have on the books. Now comes the topic that isn’t as easy for fans to digest.  Contracts that won’t be extended.

With a talented roster and recent success in the draft, the strategy for the Browns will include turning over talent. That means letting guys walk in their prime for cheaper and younger talent.  That allows you to manage the salary cap and keep a talented roster.

Below are three guys that fans may want to see extended but won’t happen.