The 2023 NFL season still has five weeks left and, hopefully for the Cleveland Browns, at least one playoff game remaining. The players and coaches must be focused on the here and now, unlike in the past when the team was out of contention already by this point and thinking about the offseason.
GM Andrew Berry and the front office have a unique now and later responsibility. Berry continues to churn the bottom of the roster but has 23 players entering NFL free agency this offseason.
That includes six starters and a slew of contributors.
Safety Grant Delpit was expected to be the top priority for Berry and the Browns. “Expected” because, according to Brad Stainbrook at The OBR, Delpit and the Browns have agreed on an extension:
#Browns and safety Grant Delpit have agreed to terms on a contract extension, @StainbrookNFL has learned. The move was initially reported on @TheOBR Sunday morning. https://t.co/awfhGQ9Zxo pic.twitter.com/84C1sfissS— Orange and Brown Rpt (@TheOBR) December 10, 2023
Delpit has had a very good season in 2023, showing range and versatility. The LSU product lost his rookie year due to an Achilles tear and struggled in Joe Woods’ defense next to John Johnson III. This year, under new DC Jim Schwartz, Delpit and Juan Thornhill look comfortable in their roles and have excelled.
In 12 games, Delpit has 74 tackles, six tackles for loss, three QB hits, three passes defended, one fumble recovery and a half of a sack.
Berry has a history of signing players to extension late in the season including Joel Bitonio and Jack Conklin in 2021.
Initial information on Delpit’s extension are in:
The #Browns and S Grant Delpit reached agreement on a 3-year, $36M contract extension with over $23M in guarantees. Delpit was set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, but the two sides reached a deal to ensure he stays in Cleveland. @StainbrookNFL was on the news. pic.twitter.com/ejeu5CqWJY— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) December 10, 2023
The $12 million per year would tie Delpit for the 12th highest-paid safety in the NFL. As the salary cap continues to grow, so will the salaries of important positions like safety.
Multiple reports, and Ian Rapoport retweeting Stainbrook’s report, have confirmed Delpit’s extension:
Confirning @StainbrookNFL report that Browns & Grant Delpit have agreed to contract extension. Keeps the 4y vet offfree agency & part of club’s foundation.— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) December 10, 2023
Was Delpit a vital player to get signed to an extension in your opinion?