This post is going to take a look at how much money the Browns have invested in offense, defense, and special teams leading into the 2015 NFL offseason, with the data being current after the release of OL Paul McQuistan. When we look at the Browns' available cap space, we are only factoring in the Top 51 contracts on the team. For the purpose of analyzing money committed to all positions, we are looking at all 55 contracts on the team.
The Browns have invested $42.31 million on offensive players, which is the 31st highest figure in the NFL. The investments, in order from highest to lowest position, are as follows: OT ($13.45 million), C ($8.75 million), WR ($8.53 million), OG ($4.50 million), TE ($3.10 million), QB ($2.31 million), and RB ($1.67 million).
The Browns have invested $62.10 million on defensive players, which is the 14th highest figure in the NFL. The investments, in order from highest to lowest position, are as follows: CB ($16.76 million), OLB ($13.09 million), DE ($11.04 million), S ($7.85 million), ILB ($7.38 million), and NT ($5.99 million).
The Browns have invested $2.995 million on special teams players (no ranking currently available).
Cumulatively, the Browns have invested $107.41 million on players, which is ranked 27th in the NFL. These figures do not include dead money toward players who are no longer with the team, but the pie charts should give you a general idea as to where the Browns stand in positional spending. Some figures are a little misleading, since defensive ends, nose tackles, and/or outside linebackers sometimes split work at different positions.
These rankings do not take into account any free agents, restricted or unrestricted. Safety, cornerback, quarterback, and tight end will go up if we re-sign the likes of FS Tashaun Gipson, CB Buster Skrine, QB Brian Hoyer, and TE Jordan Cameron.