Written By Leon II, Lexington, Ky.
There will be frustration that bigger names were not signed. People will label the new ownership a failure and “Factory of Sadness” bitterness will continue until the season begins and hopefully a winning season shuts some mouths.
However, what fans need to keep in mind is that is important to look at the bigger picture to build long-term success. The Browns have 18 free agents potentially leaving the team this year. Some will have to be resigned and others replaced with value, not elite players.
Additionally, we have to remember that in 2014 the Browns will have 11 players enter free agency, most notably T.J. Ward, Usama Young, Montario Hardesty, and Colt McCoy. In 2015 the situation is even worse as 15 active roster players will enter free agency with names like Joe Haden, Ahtyba Rubin, Phil Taylor, Jabal Sheard and Greg Little topping the list.
The team will need to keep at least $20 million in reserve this year to keep the best players currently on the team.
This is why Haslam III and Banner keep stating you build and maintain a team primarily through the draft not free agency. Some of the most interesting discussions in the past weeks have been in regards to the Ravens and Steelers. Most Browns fans have been anticipating the collapse of those two teams due to their limited cap space and having to let big names walk.
If you really look at what is going on though neither team is hurting as bad as people may think by letting those big names go. Why not? The reason is simple. Both teams have resigned their best players and have young players waiting to step up.
The reality is that both teams have been drafting for the last three years to replace those big names they knew they would have to let walk. The players they are letting go are ones that are older with diminishing skills or play a situational role for the team because a better player is ahead of them on the depth chart.
True, the Ravens and Steelers (which we have already seen) will go through some growing pains but don’t expect a 5-11 record out of either this year or next, if ever.
We all have heard from their and other fans the derogatory label of “Bungels” applied to them. But after making the playoffs three out of four years who really thinks they are the laughing-stock of the AFC? I for one can see them as Super Bowl contenders within the next few years. I for one could care less about splashy moves in free agency because I for one am tired of hearing my beloved Browns referred to as the “Clowns”.
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