In every offseason there are great moves made. Sometimes, however, the best moves are the ones that teams do not make. The Cleveland Browns have over $50 million worth of salary cap space. While that is a lot of ammo with which to improve, it also creates a lot of opportunities to make mistakes.
A good contract would be similar to the one the Detroit Lions gave running back Reggie Bush last season. After signing a four-year, $16 million deal, he produced 1,006 yards on the ground, 506 through the air and seven total touchdowns. $4 million per season is a steal for a weapon of Bush’s caliber that has played in at least 14 games in each of the last three seasons.
A bad contract would resemble the one that the Atlanta Falcons gave running back Steven Jackson. His deal was worth $12 million over three years. Instead of production, however, the Falcons got a walking injury who rushed for just 543 yards in 12 games.
He essentially became a $4 million per year goal-line back. That is what the Browns need to avoid.
Let’s take a look at some bad moves the Browns need to dodge this year in free agency.