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After all the trades, Browns still have $83.55 million in available cap space (breakdown)

Updated numbers after the moves with QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Jarvis Landry, CB Damarious Randall, QB DeShone Kizer, and DT Danny Shelton.

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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
Tyrod Taylor $16,000,000
Jarvis Landry $15,982,000
Joe Thomas $14,250,000
Kevin Zeitler $12,400,000
Jamie Collins $12,150,000
Myles Garrett $6,911,876
J.C. Tretter $6,750,000
Christian Kirksey $6,200,000
Joel Bitonio $6,000,000
Jamar Taylor $5,275,000
Jason McCourty $3,546,868
Corey Coleman $3,178,632
Britton Colquitt $2,550,000
Jabrill Peppers $2,350,508
David Njoku $2,164,851
Duke Johnson $2,084,523
Emmanuel Ogbah $1,802,629
Damarious Randall $1,514,418
Nate Orchard $1,421,097
Carl Nassib $995,438
Cody Kessler $924,295
Larry Ogunjobi $887,989
Shon Coleman $874,884
Joe Schobert $788,489
Ricardo Louis $771,962
Derrick Kindred $754,839
Randall Telfer $734,384
Sammie Coates $730,000
Seth DeValve $725,848
Howard Wilson $705,786
Derron Smith $705,000
Max Bullough $705,000
Charley Hughlett $705,000
Spencer Drango $681,913
Dominique Alexander $635,834
Corey White $630,000
Gavin Escobar $630,000
Denzel Rice $630,000
Matt Lengel $630,000
Michael Jordan $630,000
C.J. Smith $630,000
B.W. Webb $630,000
Jeremy Cash $630,000
Briean Boddy-Calhoun $630,000
Rashard Higgins $630,000
Caleb Brantley $599,997
Zane Gonzalez $577,292
Matt Dayes $571,071
B.J. Bello $555,000
Kai Nacua $555,000
Reggie Porter $555,000
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.


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


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


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.