Whether they happen in the offseason or during training camp, salary-cap casualties are a tragic reality in the NFL. The Cleveland Browns and 31 other franchises will decide players' futures based on whether they are worth the money remaining on their contract.
The NFL does not have guaranteed contracts, and that is why so many players hold out for newer deals, which contain higher signing bonuses and guaranteed money. Once you get past the guarantees, anything can happen.
While the Browns have plenty of salary-cap space, CEO Joe Banner will still evaluate each player’s contract and decide whether or not their services are being rendered at fair market value. Dumping a contract for a player unworthy now can save money later.
The Browns’ roster does not have many cap-casualty candidates, but there are a few. Here are five guys whose contracts make them vulnerable to the dreaded call to the general manager’s office.
All financial numbers are courtesy of Spotrac.com and represent the hit on the team’s salary cap in 2014.