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Deadline for free agents and compensatory picks won’t impact Browns

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According to Field Yates of ESPN, Tuesday is the final day for unrestricted free agent signings to count against or for teams in the compensatory picks calculations for 2018.

Last year, when Cleveland lost a lot of key free agents and didn’t really sign any replacements, the deadline could have impacted them. This year, however, the team isn’t in position to have any compensatory picks for the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Browns signed three unrestricted free agents: OG Kevin Zeitler, WR Kenny Britt, and C J.C. Tretter. The Browns lost three players to other teams: WR Terrelle Pryor, FS Jordan Poyer, and DL Stephen Paea.

Usually, you try to compare the contracts to determine compensatory picks, but if the net change in players is zero, you aren’t awarded any picks. The only thing that could’ve given the Browns a pick is if another team had signed OT Austin Pasztor. But if something decides to sign Pasztor after today, they can do so without worrying about them losing a potential compensatory pick.

Cleveland’s plans should be relatively unfazed by the deadline, as they had a net change in zero to begin with and seem content with the haul of players they added in free agency and the draft. But be on the lookout for some other signings around the NFL to start popping up.

Note: There is one unlikely theory one could speculate, and that is the Browns did not re-sign Pasztor in hopes they could collect a pick through someone else signing him. Since that won’t be possible after today, perhaps they’d be more inclined to re-sign him.