The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including a suggestion that Deshaun Watson could see his contract restructured soon
When the Cleveland Browns gave Deshaun Watson a fully guaranteed $230 million contract, there was a lot of criticism that followed. That's continued now thanks to an astronomical salary cap number, which is north of $50 million in 2023.
However, those who are hating on the cap hit are short-sighted. The salary cap is — and always has been — a fluid number. And Cleveland general manager Andrew Berry has been one of the best in the business at navigating during his tenure.
That's why it's no surprise that he said a restructure could be on the way for Watson when asked during his media availability at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
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"It could be on the table, but there’s a lot of flexibility in terms of what we can do"- Berry via Tom Withers
Berry hit the nail on the head, saying there's flexibility in terms of the cap. That's why the doomsday takes on the $50-million-plus hit was a bit premature.
"As you guys hear Jim talk, he’ll talk about being an attack-style front, so guys that really do get up the field, penetrate, really use either quickness or power to create disruption behind the line of scrimmage. So that’s the general picture that you’ll get from our defense."- Berry, via Ashley Bastock, Cleveland.com
The philosophy on defense might be similar in 2023 but Jim Schwartz has also done a great job putting players in a position to succeed. He's also traditionally had very good defensive tackles, which is what this Cleveland defense needs.
In a very unsurprising move, the Browns made it known on Tuesday that they would be parting ways with John Johnson III. The move will save them $9.75 million in cap space in 2023 but they'll need to go after another starter in the secondary.
Joe Summers breaks down the three biggest needs in the draft and while the three positions are not surprising, he actually lists wide receiver ahead of defensive tackle.