With the offseason starting to take shape and moves already starting to materialize, it’s time to take a look at the Cleveland Browns’ cap space heading into the 2019 offseason. The Browns enter the 2019 offseason with the fifth-highest cap space in the NFL at about $67.59 million. Note that this figure is taken assuming the trade between the Giants and Browns goes through.
ROLLING OVER CAP SPACE
As always, the Browns were the leaders in the clubhouse in terms of rolling over cap space from one year to the next. They carried a league-high $56.5 million over from 2018 to 2019. That is more than the rest of the AFC North and the entire AFC West combined. The salary cap for 2019 has been officially set at $188.2 million.
CONFIRMED BY NFLPA
When you factor in the amount the Browns are rolling over, the Browns’ salary cap is $244.7 million, which is the highest figure in the NFL. Let’s break these numbers down in a more formalized manner:
NFL 2019 Salary Cap: $188.2 million
Browns’ Rollover from 2018: $56.5 million
Browns’ 2018 Adjusted Salary Cap: $188.2 million + $56.5 million = $244.7 million
ESTIMATED BY OVER THE CAP / DBN
How much money do the Browns already have committed toward the 2019 salary cap? To determine that, we need two figures: the top 51 salary cap figures on the team, and the amount of dead money that was committed to players who are no longer here. For example, we cut LB Jamie Collins already, and he will still count for $2.5 million against the cap this year. That is dead money -- we can’t do anything about it.
Browns’ Top 51 Cap Total: $162.47 million
Browns’ Dead Money for 2019: $14.64 million
Browns’ Total Cap Spent for 2019: $162.47 million + $14.64 million = $177.11 million
When you subtract the two subtotals above ($244.70 million - $177.11 million), you can see how the “$67.59 million in cap space” figure was derived.
Note: We cross-referenced OverTheCap, Spotrac, and NFLPA database, and other sources for our data.