Since Jimmy Haslam III took ownership of the Cleveland Browns, they have been one of the most cap rich teams in the NFL. People were excited thinking about this billionaire coming into ownership of their beloved Cleveland sports team.
Then there was last season, while the Browns had a ton of cap space available, they did very little to spend it. The team brought in a few free agents and that was about the extent of using the cap space available to them.
Last season people thought the problem was Joe Banner and him not wanting to spend the cash. This season Banner has been fired and the Browns are still trying to cut cash out of the team’s budget.
When the team cut D’Qwell Jackson loose last week, people were concerned about the quality players the Browns were willing to part ways with.
Now the talk is letting go of defensive end Ahtyba Rubin. Rubin like Jackson is a productive defensive player. The Browns defense wasn’t good enough last season to stop the Browns from being beat late in the game.
Now with the team. willing to part ways with good defensive players, we are left wondering about Haslam’s liquid cash.
Because of all Haslam’s legal problems, his cash reserves could be at an all time low. He may not want to spend any more money that he has to. With that being said, we have to wonder about the quality of football that will be played in Cleveland during the 2014 season.
Sure you can argue about how much money the Browns get from the NFL. Unlike other sports, the NFL splits money evenly with all the teams. Nonetheless there is still a cost of being an NFL owner.
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