Browns Sitting With a League High $22 Mil Under the Salary Cap

Despite signing some high profile players this past offseason, the Browns are sitting pretty with $22 million under the cap according to a recent article from Jason Cole on Yahoo.com.  Fourteen of the 32 teams in the league have at least $10 million left under the cap, but the Browns take the cake, sitting at $22 mil left.  Next on the list is Buffalo with $21 mil, followed by Minnesota at $20 million.

No other team in the AFC North makes the list.  The Browns did spend quite a bit in free agency this past offseason, signing players like offensive linemen Eric Steinbach to a big deal, and grabbing running back Jamal Lewis.  What all this means is basically two things – the Browns have not been cheap in trying to get players in that will improve the team now, and two, they are going to have a lot of money left to sign their upcoming draft choices, meaning it would be nice to get number one picks Joe Thomas and Brady Quinn in on time.

One agent told Cole for the article: “There’s no way to eat up all the money that’s out there this year. “Teams are going to do everything they can to sign their young guys to long-term deals, but it still isn’t going to be enough. When teams start to roll over money to next year, it’s going to be unreal what some guys are going to get.”

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