Browns current cap space estimated to be $50.4 million

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The good folks at Dawgs by Nature have been doing the job over there when it comes to the Browns and their available cap space. It’s a difficult task with lots of factors changing constantly, but they’re on top of it. Now that the Browns are deemed to not owe Davone Bess his second year’s salary and now that the Browns have placed the transition tag on Alex Mack, the numbers have been updated yet again. And the Browns have a lot of available cap space. The Browns have about $50.4 million, to be exact.

As we’ve discussed here lately, that doesn’t mean that the Browns should go crazy in the least efficient team-building manner and pay crazy money for big-name guys who are likely past their primes. For example, while Cortland Finnegan is a good player and 30, who knows if any team wants to be in the business of paying him when he’s 34.

I still expect the Browns to start at home by following up with their commitment to Alex Mack with a long-term deal as well as a Joe Haden extension. Remember that Joe Thomas’ big extension wasn’t done until training camp had already begun, so there’s no reason to be impatient with Haden’s deal.

I’m still undecided what the Browns will do with T.J. Ward. I can’t get a read on what they think his value is and what they want to pay for his services. If for whatever reason Ward doesn’t come back with the Browns this season it won’t be because they can’t afford it.

[Related: D’Qwell Jackson follows Chud, T-Rich to Indianapolis Colts]

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  • RGB

    That’s a lot of underpants.

  • MrCleaveland

    The Steelers just found a way to extend the contracts of two old Pro Bowlers — Troy Polumalu, 33, and Heath Miller, 32 — and the Browns can’t find a way to lock up two young Pro Bowlers (Mack is 28 and Ward is 27)? Does anyone believe that the Browns are smarter than the Steelers?

    I didn’t think so.

  • CB Everett

    Perhaps Cortland Finnegan was just a passing example, but he’s exactly the kind of guy we want to avoid. At 30 (and coming off by far his worst year), he’s only going to be on the downslide. It would seem that guys like DQ will be beginning their descent as well.

    I guess that’s the inherent risk of free agency, and even if you gamble on younger/sub 30 guys/those who are “in their prime” (ala Kruger and Bryant)…there’s the big money payout for potential slides.

    Despite our seemingly neverending bowl of money, the more names that floated out there, the more I’m convinced (and Kanicki had a good post about it on his site) that we should first extend our core guys and be VERY judicious about chasing anyone not named Mack, Ward or Byrd.

  • Harv 21

    TJ sounds like his preference is to stay, but only if the browns make the highest offer.

    “But Ward, a fifth-year pro, sounded to resigned to the fact that he might be gone.”I’m definitely looking for the situation where it can provide for me
    best,” Ward said. “If not, I’ll have to be somewhere else.”
    http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2014/03/tj_ward_still_open_to_returnin.html

    This doesn’t look like a Justin Masterson-type situation. And Byrd has previously said he wants to be the league’s highest paid safety. Just hope the Browns don’t end up with neither guy and be forced to draft a safety early when they already need another decent corner.

  • Harv 21

    TJ sounds like his preference is to stay, but only if the browns make the highest offer.

    “But Ward, a fifth-year pro, sounded to resigned to the fact that he might be gone.”I’m definitely looking for the situation where it can provide for me
    best,” Ward said. “If not, I’ll have to be somewhere else.”
    http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2014/03/tj_ward_still_open_to_returnin.html

    This doesn’t look like a Justin Masterson-type situation. And Byrd has previously said he wants to be the league’s highest paid safety. Just hope the Browns don’t end up with neither guy and be forced to draft a safety early when they already need another decent corner.

  • Kildawg

    Most of it was to try to get them under the cap…

  • woofersus

    So my calculations say $50.4 million – $4.2 million from Brandon Weeden (it’s not accounted for yet officially but we all know it’s happening) – $9.6 million for the rookie pool = enough to have Haden, Ward, and Byrd all in the same backfield.

  • mgbode

    we will likely cut Campbell to help balance out the Weeden cap hit. that and Campbell was terrible.

  • Natedawg86

    I can’t think of a reason that he is still here

  • woofersus

    I hadn’t thought of that, but it’s inevitable that we’ll sign another, similarly priced, similarly useless veteran backup.

  • mgbode

    we must have all wayward QBs make a stop on our team.

  • woofersus

    It could be worse. Somebody is probably going to get Brandon Weeden as their “capable and experienced” backup.