Before we start obsessing over which quarterback the Cleveland Browns will select in the 2014 NFL draft, their front office has some pressing matters to attend to with regards to the makeup of their current roster.
We all know the Browns are sitting pretty when it comes to salary cap space. Due to spending well below the cap in 2013, the Browns’ adjusted salary cap will be at a whopping $46.6 million, per CBS Sports’ Joel Corry.
That figure has been a focal point of criticism directed at president Joe Banner for giving Rob Chudzinksi his walking papers after his team’s seventh consecutive loss to finish their 2013 campaign.
Whether or not Chud was put into a position to succeed or not, the Browns must put that all in the past and move forward. In addition to filling some roster holes with that cap space, the organization needs to be proactive by re-signing key players, shedding dead weight contracts and extending essential young personnel.
Here are five current players who have contracts the Browns need to be paying the most attention to this offseason.
*All stats and rankings are courtesy of PFF.com (subscription required), and all contract information was obtained from Rotoworld.com.