As the Cleveland Browns look to improve their roster in 2023, they could find themselves held back by these three contracts
Entering the 2023 offseason, the Cleveland Browns are again trying to figure out how to get back into the mix in the AFC North. They believe they have their quarterback situation figured out with Deshaun Watson in town but they’re going to need to do more in order to field a winning roster.
It won’t be easy, however, since they’re not in great shape when it comes to the salary cap. Here, we look at the three contracts that could be holding them back from making the moves they need to.
3 contracts holding the Cleveland Browns back right now
3. Wyatt Teller, Guard
Wyatt Teller was one of the additions made by John Dorsey that really panned out. Added in 2019 in a trade with the Buffalo Bills, Teller developed into a full-time starter by 2020.
He was then given a monster extension in 2021 as he signed a four-year, $56.8 million contract. Now, he heads into the 2023 offseason with a cap hit of $15.426 million which has him ahead of Nick Chubb and Joel Bitonio, which is saying something.
Teller is a great offensive lineman but he took a step back in 2022, especially when it comes to his run blocking.
As good as he can be, Cleveland still has a lot of money tied up in their offensive line and that’s going to keep them from going after too many free agents this offseason.