If the Cleveland Browns want to remain competitive in 2022, they will have to make some difficult decisions on cutting veterans with high salaries.
For the first time in decades, the Cleveland Browns finally have a very talented roster. Unfortunately, that didn’t turn into as many wins as fans wanted in 2021, but nonetheless, the talent is there.
With talent, comes tough decisions. These aren’t the old days where general managers missed on draft picks and there was no one on the roster worth resigning. This isn’t a bad thing at all, just something that fans aren’t used to.
Andrew Berry will have a situation in the 2022 offseason where multiple starters are out of contract he will want to resign. He will have multiple starters in rookie deals who will be looking for extensions. And Cleveland will be a destination where free agents will be willing to come because of so much talent on the roster.
Just remember, there’s only so much money to go around. That means you are going to see Berry release good talent, not extend talent, and pass on talented free agents. To continue to be good in the NFL, you must keep the roster turning with young and veteran players.
A roster full of 22-year old kids won’t have any experience, but a locker room full of 30-year old veterans is far too expensive.
There is no need to stress this too much, Berry has proven he is more than capable of making tough decisions and has hardly made any mistakes to this point. Below are three players that could be cap casualties in 2022. Fans may not love it, but it will be the right decision.