The Cleveland Browns have a number of players slated to hit free agency following the 2022 season. This is of course assuming they don’t agree to contract extensions with these players before the end of the year or trade them prior to the NFL trade deadline. Here is a comprehensive list of these players.
2023 Cleveland Browns Unrestricted Free Agents
Unrestricted free agents are free to sign with any team in the NFL when free agency begins.
Quarterback: Jacoby Brissett, Joshua Dobbs
Running Back: Kareem Hunt, D’Ernest Johnson
Wide Receiver: None
Tight End: Jesse James, Pharaoh Brown
Offensive Line: RT Jack Conklin, T Chris Hubbard, C Ethan Pocic
Defensive Line: DE Jadeveon Clowney, DE Chase Winovich, DE Isaac Rochell, DE Stephen Weatherly, DT Taven Bryan
Linebacker: Deion Jones, Anthony Walker Jr., Sione Takitaki, Jordan Kunaszyk
Defensive Back: CB Greedy Williams, S Ronnie Harrison
Special Teams: LS Charley Hughlett
2023 Cleveland Browns Restricted Free Agents
Restricted free agents have accrued 3 NFL seasons and can negotiate and sign with any team in the NFL when free agency begins. The Cleveland Browns can “tender” the restricted free agent and get the right of first refusal or draft pick compensation if the player agrees to a deal with another team in free agency.
Offensive Line: T Michael Dunn
Defensive Line: DE Chris Odom
2023 Cleveland Browns Exclusive Rights Free Agents
Exclusive rights free agents have accrued less than 3 NFL seasons and can negotiate and sign with any team in the NFL when free agency begins. The Cleveland Browns can offer an ERFA a league one-year league minimum deal to prevent the player from negotiating with other teams.
Defensive Back: CB A.J. Green
2023 Cleveland Browns Cut Candidates
The Browns have a couple of players that could be cut by the team to save cap space for the 2023 season. Each would have some dead cap associated with the release but also cap savings.
Defensive Back: S John Johnson III - Post June 1st cut would save the Browns just under $10 million in salary cap space and cost them just under $4 million in dead cap space.
Amari Cooper - Cooper has been very good for the team and is highly unlikely to be dealt but cutting him post-June 1st would save the team $20 million in cap space and cost just under $4 million in dead cap.
Jakeem Grant - A sad story for Grant and Cleveland with his Achilles tear. At his age (31 next season), it may be difficult for him to return as the explosive player he once was. Cutting him after June 1st will gain the Browns almost $3 million in cap space and cost less than a million in dead cap.