There are few worse labels an NFL player can be tagged with than "dead weight." Every team has its share of guys who don't get it done on the field and suck up payroll and roster spots that seemingly should go to other more deserving players.
Some are worth keeping despite their "dead weight" status because their team thinks they have potential for the future. Some are worth keeping because the team lacks other, better options at their position and their pay is relatively low. But then there are those guys who just aren't worth keeping at all.
Because the league is currently in lockout mode, no one can make any moves (including trading or releasing players) at the moment, but that doesn't mean that the Browns front office isn't readying itself to get rid of less-than-useful players as soon as that becomes a possibility.
Listed here are seven veterans who were with the Browns in 2010 (some who are currently free agents and some who are still on the roster) who the Browns may be better off without in 2011.
Some are already as good as gone or almost certainly will be before the season begins. Others may still have some value and could wind up being kept by the Browns next season. Either way, though, all of the following players should be worried about whether they'll have a job with the Browns (or in some cases, any team at all) at the start of the next NFL season.