4 Browns most likely to have their contracts restructured this spring

The Cleveland Browns can get under the cap by restructuring these four contracts

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Each and every offseason, there are several teams that find themselves on the wrong side of the salary cap. For years, that wasn't the case with the Cleveland Browns — but they also weren't very good. Now, they're suddenly a competitive team but with that comes a hefty price tag.

As was the case heading into 2023, the Browns are once again projected to be over the salary cap for the upcoming season. As it stands right now, OverTheCap.com has them overspending by just over $19.6 million. That might sound daunting but many teams have overcome much worse and still found a way to not only get under the cap but also find a way to sign a couple of high-priced free agents.

Cleveland should be able to do that with their roster, especially with these four players likely to restructure their deals during the spring.

4. Joel Bitonio, G

In November 2021, the Browns extended starting left guard Joel Bitonio to the tune of $48 million over three seasons. Bitonio, who is the longest-tenured player in Cleveland was praised by the front office for his hard work and dedication. They called him the "personification" of Cleveland Browns football after signing the deal.

Bitonio has continued to thrive, even making his sixth consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl this season. With two years remaining on his extension, Bitonio comes into 2024 with a cap hit of $12.1 million — which is beyond fair for what he brings. Still, the Browns can free up an estimated $4.29 million if they were to restructure his deal.

The only issue there is that Bitonio is already expected to have a cap hit of $15.67 million in 2026 when he's not on the roster. Having said that, Andrew Berry has continued to find ways to stretch out deals and Bitonio could always land another extension, to free up even more space in the short term.

Estimated savings: $4.286 million

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