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Estimate: Browns still have $55.95 million in available cap space (breakdown)

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Before Free Agency officially started on Thursday, we estimated that the Cleveland Browns had $99.74 million in available cap space. After Day 1, though, they spent a lot of money to complete the following transactions:

  • Extend LG Joel Bitonio through 2022
  • Sign free agent RG Kevin Zeitler, C J.C. Tretter, and WR Kenny Britt
  • Absorb the cap hit in the trade for QB Brock Osweiler
  • Smaller moves to retain CB Marcus Burley, DT Jamie Meder, and RB George Atkinson

In the table below, we list the Top 51 cap hits, since only the highest 51 cap hits are included in the available cap space calculation at this time of the year. The full calculations of how much cap space we have left are all the way at the bottom, below the table.

NOTE: We have updated the data to reflect the official release of RG III.

Browns’ Top 51 Cap Hits

Player 2017 Cap Hit
Player 2017 Cap Hit
Brock Osweiler $16,000,000
Joe Haden $14,400,000
Joel Bitonio $12,237,813
Jamie Collins $12,100,000
Kevin Zeitler $12,000,000
Joe Thomas $11,500,000
Kenny Britt $8,000,000
Demario Davis $4,800,000
Desmond Bryant $4,000,000
Gary Barnidge $3,812,500
J.C. Tretter $3,609,375
Jamar Taylor $3,275,000
Danny Shelton $3,191,910
Britton Colquitt $3,150,000
John Greco $3,075,000
Isaiah Crowell $2,746,000
Corey Coleman $2,648,860
Cameron Erving $2,571,564
Alvin Bailey $2,333,333
Christian Kirksey $1,962,625
Marcus Burley $1,797,000
Marcus Martin $1,797,000
Emmanuel Ogbah $1,502,191
Charley Hughlett $1,465,000
Tank Carder $1,400,000
Nate Orchard $1,218,083
Carl Nassib $840,548
Duke Johnson $830,023
Shon Coleman $784,884
Xavier Cooper $775,071
Cody Kessler $770,246
Ibraheim Campbell $743,002
Joe Schobert $698,489
Cody Parkey $690,000
Ricardo Louis $681,962
Derrick Kindred $664,839
Seth Devalve $635,848
Mario Alford $615,000
Gabe Wright $615,000
Gabe Ikard $615,000
Ed Reynolds $615,000
Cam Johnson $615,000
Jamie Meder $615,000
George Atkinson III $615,000
Jordan Payton $601,000
Spencer Drango $591,913
Rashard Higgins $586,096
Randall Telfer $569,384
Dominique Alexander $545,833
Tracy Howard $541,666
Austin Reiter $540,000
Top 51 Total $152,989,058

NFL 2017 Salary Cap (Projected): $167.0 million
Browns' Rollover from 2016: $50.123 million
Browns' 2017 Adjusted Salary Cap: $167.0 million + $50.123 million = $217.123 million


Browns' Top 51 Cap Total: $152.989 million*
Browns' Dead Money for 2017: $6.432 million + $1.75 million (RGIII dead money)
Browns' Total Cap Spent for 2017: $152.989 million + $8.182 million = $161.171 million

When you subtract the two subtotals above ($217.123 million - 161.171 million), we conclude that the Browns have about "$55.952 million in cap space.” That gives the Browns plenty of room to still make a few more high-impact signings if they choose to, such as WR Terrelle Pryor.

* As of this post, we do not know the exact 2017 cap hits for Zeitler or Britt. Therefore, I decided to use their per-year average as the estimated cap hit for 2017. When more details become available, we will update our numbers.