The Cleveland Browns will have some tough roster decisions to make following the 2020 season.
The Cleveland Browns have been trying to build a winner since 1999. The process took a major step forward in the past few years after a period of tanking that gave the team plenty of draft capital and cap space.
Players like Myles Garrett, Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward, Odell Beckham Jr., Nick Chubb and plenty others stand out as core pieces for the foreseeable future. But there are other players who stand out as elite on the team who could end up being salary cap casualties following the 2020 season.
The Browns have to hand Garrett a massive extension that will be worth well over $100 million. That could come soon or even next offseason. Then there is a potential extension for Mayfield and for Chubb, who is severely underpaid.
Tough decisions are going to be made and players who have backloaded deals with low dead cap figures will be easy targets to be released, or even traded as the Browns look to free up money. The entire point of the rebuild was to draft top talent and retain those players. Browns fans just aren’t used to homegrown talent receiving major extensions and the subsequent roster decisions that come with that.