Another offseason is upon us and yet another rebuilding cycle is in the works for the hapless Browns.
It seems like just two years ago (oh wait, it was) that we were introduced to Pat Shurmur and his staff of qualified West Coast Offense gurus. They were the group that was going to finally turn things around, building a winner on the shores of Lake Erie.
The names have changed, but the script remains the same.
This year’s Browns look different, though. Don’t they? As hard as it is to stay optimistic, this group is popping with budding young talent that is waiting to break out.
Adding a couple of key pieces through free agency doesn’t seem like such an outlandish notion this offseason. Young guns have already been drafted, and the Browns have just an approximate amount of $74,411,914 on the books as of now (h/t Sportrac).
The NFL boosted its cap to $123 million for the 2013 season, giving the Browns an approximate $48.6 million of wiggle room.
Now, Cleveland doesn’t have to go out and throw a bunch of money around to get to the eventual salary cap floor. That figure is tied to four seasons, so they could still, theoretically, not end up doing much.
However, with the way things are looking with the team’s new management, they are more than likely to do some digging in order to land a couple key pieces during free agency.
There are some talented players at positions of need who are testing the waters. We’ll take a look at some of the best fits for the Browns and who they will likely target after March 12.