Posted: 2/8/2013 2:55 PM
PROSECUTOR wrote: According to ESPN the Browns are $48.9 million under the cap.http://bleacherreport.com/arti...nfl-team/page/9The cap is expected to be about $121 million when they announce it in March. So the Browns are at about $72 million now (121-49). 89% of 121 is about $108 million, which is the floor. So, the Browns need to spend about $36 million to get to the $108M.Except that they really don't have to. Daddywags on page 2 of this thread was explaining that teams only have to AVERAGE 89% for a four-year period from 2013-2016. So the Browns could come in at 75% or 80% this year as long as they are at 95% or thereabouts the next three years. Just so long as they average 89% by 2016. I assume this is correct as the poster seemed to know what he was talking about. So teams have to make a strategic decision. Do they just try to spend 100% of the cap every year and maximize talent? Or do they hold off this year in hopes of using the money on better players in subsequent years? In the Browns case, do they sign a free agent QB now (or trade for an established vet like Alex Smith), or do they hold off and give Weeden another year, then have more cap space the following year if they decide Weeden isn't the guy?Since half the team was either rookies or second-year players last year, they may want to go easy this year and see who develops into solid contributors and who doesn't, then jump in big next year when they know exactly where they need help.
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