This isn’t news, but I found it interesting enough to post, just the same. It helps lay out a framework for how the Browns’ free agency could go and what kinds of contracts some of these guys will probably end up with when it’s all said and done.
Evan Silva of Rotoworld went and tried to project all of the 100 top unrestricted free agents. It puts them with a team and with a contract value. Slacker didn’t project guaranteed money though. (Yes, I’m kidding.)
Anyway, here’s his haul for the Browns.
Paul Kruger – 5 years, $60 million
Keenan Lewis – 5 years, $30 million
Brandon Myers (TE) – 5 years, $14 million
Shonn Greene (RB) – 2 years, $3 million
Brandon Gibson (WR) – 4 years, $16 million
Depending on how aggressive the Browns get on front-loading the cap dollars, that could put them in the $30 million ballpark added to 2013. That still leaves room for some extensions of existing players like Alex Mack and T.J. Ward, should the Browns want to do it.
As I said, this isn’t really news, but it is interesting to see one way it could shake out. In this case, this appears to be a clear improvement of the team. Seems like a lot of money for Paul Kruger based on the anecdotal box score evidence with and without Terrell Suggs in the Baltimore lineup. Still, you have to think the Browns have done their homework scouting his tape rather than just reading box scores.
Other rumored Browns targets like Cliff Avril and Mike Wallace ended up with the Colts and Dolphins respectively in Silva’s projection. Avril is being projected to score a 5-year deal worth $64 million. Wallace is projected to get $60 million over five.
Countdown to Tuesday at 4 PM, I guess.