One of the biggest gripes that fans had before the 2013 season was that the Cleveland Browns did not spend very much money in free agency. The Browns will once again enter the free-agent period with an abundance of cash to spend.
Spending money in the NFL is a tricky science. It requires a delicate balance of signing contracts that are good for your team but will not hamstring you in the future.
Browns C.E.O. Joe Banner was hailed as a salary-cap wizard in Philadelphia.
A good contract negotiator knows how to get creative with numbers and spread money out over the years so they don’t run into a situation like the Carolina Panthers face. While the Panthers won 12 games, including the NFC South, and have $11.6 million in cap space next season, they also have 21 unrestricted free agents. This includes eight starters, according to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer. That creates a ton of turnover and not enough money.
Let’s go through each position on the Browns' team, see where the money is being spent and determine what the numbers tell us about the future.
All the financial figures you see are from Spotrac.com and reflect the salary-cap hit the team will take in 2014. Numbers include the base salary, bonuses and miscellaneous pay that the players receive.