It would appear that the NFL lock-out is close to being over. We’ve tried to curb our enthusiasm on the possibility of such in the last few weeks, because we simply didn’t want to be burned if negotiations went south again. But perhaps it is time for optimism to abound again.
This has been the worst NFL off-season in quite some time. The Browns called for a line change on the coaching staff, but there has been nothing to talk about for months even with the changes. The lock-out has robbed us of the joy of off-season trade and free agent chatter, which is probably the least of our worries concerning the labor stoppage, but none the less.
Assuming the lock-out ends and the ‘new season’ can begin soon, there is one important thing I think the Browns need to do ASAP.
With the salary cap number being tossed around at $120 million, give or take a few, the Browns are reportedly sitting around $99 million, before signing rookies and such. They could potentially save a few million by players becoming free agents earlier because of the bargaining agreement or by getting rid of a couple of contracts (cough, Delhomme). Regardless, they have a little money to shop with.
Before they address the defensive line through free agency. Before they sign any kind of receiving help. Before they add a single player to the defensive backfield, I have a suggestion.
Call Joe Thomas. [Read more...]