Before the four reported trades that the Cleveland Browns executed this weekend, we estimated they had $114.39 million in available cap space. That number changes due to the following additions and subtractions:
- Acquiring QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Jarvis Landry, and CB Damarious Randall
- Trading away QB DeShone Kizer and DT Danny Shelton
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. Remember that these are all tentative figures because the trades cannot become official until March 14th at 4:00 PM ET.
Browns’ Top 51 Cap Hits
|Player||2018 Cap Hit|
|Player||2018 Cap Hit|
|Top 51 Total||$144,572,423|
As far as the new numbers go:
- QB Tyrod Taylor has a $16 million cap hit.
- WR Jarvis Landry has a $15.982 million cap hit (franchise tag amount).
- CB Damarious Randall has a $1.514 million cap hit.
- DT Danny Shelton previously had a cap hit of $3.724 million. Of that amount, $2.031 million is off the books (to New England), and Cleveland keeps $1.693 million in dead money.
- QB DeShone Kizer previously had a cap hit of $1.994 million. Of that amount, $0.690 million is off the books (to Green Bay), and Cleveland keeps $1.304 million in dead money.
- Addition (3 players) by subtraction (2 players), that means 1 player with a salary of $555,000 fell out of the Top 51. Unrelated to the moves, we also made a manual adjustment to correct something with CB Jason McCourty’s cap hit (which made a difference of about $42K).
Here are the updated cap figures in a more formalized manner.
CONFIRMED BY NFLPA (WITH ESTIMATED CREDIT)
NFL 2018 Salary Cap (Projected): $177.2 million
Browns’ Rollover from 2017: $58.91 million
Browns’ 2018 Adjusted Salary Cap: $177.2 million + $58.91 million = $236.11 million
Adjustments / Credits from 2017: $5.15 million + $236.11 million = $241.26 million
ESTIMATED BY OVER THE CAP (WITH DBN ADJUSTMENTS)
Browns’ Top 51 Cap Total: $144.57 million
Browns’ Dead Money for 2018: $13.14 million
Browns’ Total Cap Spent for 2018: $144.57 million + $13.14 million = $157.71 million
FINAL SALARY CAP SPACE
When you subtract the two subtotals above ($241.26 million - $156.02 million), you can see how the “$83.55 million in cap space” figure was derived.