July 24, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Which Browns could get the axe?

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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Possible Browns cap casualties. “3. Jason Campbell, QB (8th Highest Cap Figure) – After a couple of solid performances last season, Campbell came right back down to earth and looked awful by the end of the year. If Campbell is our starter at any point in the future, we are in big trouble. With that in mind, his future with the team comes down to, “how much money are the Browns willing to pay a backup quarterback?”

Because Campbell played 45.39% of the team’s offensive snaps in 2013, he triggered an incentive to increase his base salary in 2014 from $2 million to $3 million. Campbell is due a roster bonus of $250,000 on March 13, bringing his cap hit in 2014 to $3.25 million. He’s not worth it — I’d rather bring another veteran backup quarterback in, or draft a later-round quarterback and mold him into a backup. If the Browns cut Campbell, who is in the final year of his contract, they won’t owe him a penny this season.” [Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]

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“Speaking to Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic, Jaworksi discussed Manziel’s reported meeting with the Eagles at the combine. “I’m a big believer in Nick Foles, but who knows?” Jaworski said. “Manziel may fall. I’m not crazy about him, to be honest with you. I’ve only looked at five games. I wouldn’t take him in the first three rounds. That’s my opinion. It’s incomplete right now. But he has not done a whole lot to me.” [Kapadia/Birds 24/7]

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“In his first season as the Angels’ coordinator of major league player information, Francona, the son of Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona, is dressed in khakis and a polo shirt and taking in the tranquil sights and sounds of spring training in Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Francona is a 2008 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business whose career path resembles those of many who have parlayed an Ivy League education into a major league front-office job. But Francona took a detour first, to war-torn Afghanistan as the commander of a Marine brigade’s scout-sniper platoon in 2011.” [DiGiovanna/LA Times]

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“One thing you need to know about Francona — if you haven’t gathered it already — is that he craves being prepared and being with his team. He’s the first person in the clubhouse on the day of a game and he’s the first person in the dugout before first pitch.” [Bastian/MLB.com]

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Finally, a fascinating look at payroll percentages in MLB. [Thurm/FanGraphs]

  • Natedawg86

    I don’t really see a scenario where Campbell is still on the team. Hoyer will either be 1/2 and the drafted QB will be 1/2. I don’t see us paying 3M for a 3rd string qb. Would love to see Guiten undrafted or with the 7th rd pick

  • Natedawg86

    I forgot Weeden was on the team haha

  • mgbode
  • mgbode

    not to mention that the savings from cutting Campbell allow us to balance the dead money from cutting Bess & Weeden (or trading Brandon if the Broncos or 49ers are interested in another of our castoffs).

  • mgbode

    Here’s what I think happens to the guys on his list:

    (1) DQ – restructure
    (2) Rubin – hopefully traded, but good chance cut. I don’t see us paying $8mil for a rotational DL in a 3-4. Love Rubin and I think he can get close to that somewhere else (especially 4-3 team), so I don’t think he restructures.
    (3) Campbell – we have probably already told his agent he can talk to other teams.
    (4) Greco – he’s a Brown. I don’t get the article. He’s cheap if he’s a backup, he gets more money if he starts. So, he’s a great guy to have on the team and we can still try to improve the spot (and, if we cannot, then we have him).
    (5) Weeden – why even list him? he’s gone and Campbell’s $$$ helps counter his cap acceleration.

    Other potential surprising cuts:

    Pinkston – if he’s not healthy or just been away too long, then he costs too much.
    Barnidge – he was Chud’s guy. Chud’s gone.
    Groves – same, except he was Horton’s guy.
    Ogbonnaya – don’t be surprised to see 3 new RBs.
    Sanford – just didn’t do enough to warrant a spot. He’ll likely be on the team through August though.

  • Natedawg86

    Trading Weeden? Isn’t that what Perez got in trouble for?

  • Chris Pokorny

    Greco is a bit unclear. Reports say that his contract is $6 million, but could go up to $13.2 million “if he starts.” That language is vague — I don’t know how many starts, what years the additional money would be in, if it’d be guaranteed, etc.

    This is far-fetched, but consider: If Shanahan studies Greco and says, “this guy won’t work in our scheme, I can get a guy off the street who is better,” perhaps the Browns opt not to pay his $1.7 million roster bonus in March. Yes, it’s peanuts in the whole grand scheme of things, but if the team wants to clear the guard position (which seems entirely possible), why give Greco free money?

    In the end, I think there is little chance that Greco gets cut, though.

  • mgbode

    yes, if Kyle doesn’t like him for his scheme, then he could be gone. I just don’t see him making that assessment despite a rather rough year for Greco.

    my point was that I think the guard position is clear whether or not we keep Greco. his contract is setup in a way that he gets backup money if he’s a backup and starter money if he’s a starter. yeah, we don’t know the exact terms, but it was based on that principle.

    we agree though that it’s more than likely that Greco remains unless Kyle doesn’t like his tape enough.

  • Chris Pokorny

    Yes, this year’s bonus aside, he’d seem worth keeping as a versatile backup (guard+center) and fill-in starter. Plus, the chemistry you alluded to earlier.