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MUCHO cap room

Unread postby SOBO » Sun Dec 10, 2006 12:48 pm

http://www.cleveland.com/nfl/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/sports/1165745258319330.xml&coll=2


The Browns will have a lot of holes to fill in the third off-season of the reign of General Manager Phil Savage as general manager-RD%>. And they will have plenty of money and room under the salary cap to fill them.

NFL teams were informed last week that the salary cap will increase to $109 million in 2007 (up from $102 million this year) and it will rise in 2008 to $116 million.

According to figures published by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Browns currently rank fifth in the league in projected salary cap room for 2007. They have $33.3 million to spend. The only teams with more room are San Francisco ($42.1 million), Buffalo ($39.7 million), Arizona ($36.7 million) and Tennessee ($36 million).



Think Phil is putting us in a better positon than most are willing to give him credit for.[/url]
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Unread postby pup » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:05 am

That is certainly good news. Hopefully the run starts with a large offer to Eric Steinbach.

What does the free agent class look like?
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Unread postby jjgmyers » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:28 am

Glad to see you changed your quote Sykes. Troy Smith sounds so much better then Adrian Peterson.

Here's one for '08 - "with the 1st pick, the Cleveland Browns select RB, Darren McFadden from Arkansas".

Troy in '07, McFadden in '08 and the rest of the picks on OL and DL. Sign key defensive free agents with all this money we're supposed to have avaliable and things could start looking up by '08
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Unread postby furls » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:53 am

If we don't start drafting guys like Joe Thomas, Sam Baker, Jake Long, or Alex Boone,

We will have lottery picks forever and we can get lots more fancy players (and have them killed in the backfield).
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Unread postby pup » Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:44 am

If we don't start drafting guys like Joe Thomas, Sam Baker, Jake Long, or Alex Boone,


I agree, but if Thomas is gone when we pick, do we take Baker or Long in the top 5?
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Unread postby furls » Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:51 pm

My best guess is that at 5-11 the Browns will draft about 5th.

I am guessing that the Lions, Raiders, and Buccaneers will draft ahead of them and the Browns vs. Texans matchup will decide if the Texans are ahead of them.

The Texans are the only one of those teams that I think would be inclined to take an OT. Lions, Raiders, and Buccaneers desperately need skill players and I am guessing that they will take some combination of Brady Quinn, Calvin Johnson, and Adrian Peterson. Although, it would not surprise me to see a QB shoot up there and jump into the top four; a guy like Smith or Russell. It is not a great year for QBs, but all three of those teams need one. It is unclear whether or not Simms will be back in Tampa or how many of these teams will attempt to address their QB issue through trade and free agency.

If Joe Thomas is gone, you can trade down to the middle of the first and get Long or Baker, at least one of them should still be there at 17 or so and the Browns should be able to get a third rounder for moving down (depending on who is available and who wants him). They could use that third round pick to get a guard, there are usually some very good one's available in the third and fourth round (ask the 'Hawks, they got Rob Simms there last year and he has been playing very well for them).

This draft needs to be about the lines. Look at the difference D'Brick and Mangold have made for the Jets this year, they went from cellar to contender this year by focusing on the lines (and they have a good coach too).
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Unread postby consigliere » Mon Dec 11, 2006 4:39 pm

Who gives a shit about cap space? FA is OVER-RATED!
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