According to OvertheCap.com, the Cleveland Browns have the third-most cap space to spend this offseason. They also have just six unrestricted free agents, which means they have a lot of ammunition when the free agents hit the market.
Having a lot of cap space does not always mean that the team will spend a lot of money. Teams must find the right balance between the value of a player and the value of the contract they will need to offer. Just because someone is available does not mean you need to offer them the farm. Too many teams hand out bad contracts in the offseason and end up strapped for cash a year or two down the road.
Browns CEO Joe Banner is heralded as a salary-cap wizard. We will see just how good he is this offseason with so much space.
While the Browns certainly have holes to fill, the bigger issue on the roster is depth. The front line of talent is mostly in place; the backups are weak links. Roster depth is the difference between being a good team and a Super Bowl contender.
Let’s go through each position on the roster and see how it looks as we get ready for NFL free agency to start on March 13.