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 2017 NFL offseason, with the data being current as of February 19th and pulled from Over The Cap. 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 60 contracts on the team.
Note: This does not include any of the Browns’ UFA, RFA, or ERFA. It is expected the club will bring back guys like Pryor and Crowell, but until they do, those salaries cannot be factored in, since there is nothing to go off of right now.
The Browns have invested $48.63 million on offensive players, which is the lowest figure in the NFL. The investments, in order from highest to lowest position, are as follows: OT ($10.78 million), QB ($10.04 million), OG ($8.82 million), WR ($7.94 million), TE ($5.48 million), C ($3.65 million), and RB ($1.91 million).
The Browns have invested $59.41 million on defensive players, which is the 21st highest figure in the NFL, and down significantly from a year ago at this time when they were the 3rd highest. The investments, in order from highest to lowest position, are as follows: CB ($19.15 million), OLB ($14.63 million), ILB ($9.21 million), DE ($8.74 million), S ($4.03 million), and NT ($3.66 million).
The Browns have invested $690,000 on special teams players (no ranking currently available).
Cumulatively, the Browns have invested $108.73 million on players, which is ranked 30th 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.
As stated earlier, these rankings do not take into account any free agents, restricted or unrestricted. Therefore, big-time pending contracts like WR Terrelle Pryor and RB Isaiah Crowell are not accounted for. Smaller contracts, like exclusive rights free agent deals, aren't included either, even though they will likely be tendered.
The Browns' most lucrative-invested position is still cornerback, thanks to CB Joe Haden’s massive salary and the recent extension for CB Jamar Taylor. While they were the second highest spenders at cornerback this time last year, though, they have now dropped to 13th, in large part due to the release of CB Tramon Williams.
*Special teams calculations are approximated to be the same for every NFL team, as Over the Cap's total amounts only include offense and defense.