The Cleveland Browns did not have much to celebrate in the 2022 season.
Finishing with a record of 7-10, the Browns had a less-than-ideal season, finishing dead last in the AFC North.
However, there is certainly reason for them to be optimistic heading into 2023.
NFL teams recently declared unused 2022 cap space rollover amounts (below).
After the playoffs, the NFL will audit incentives, bonuses, etc by team. That figure will be added/subtracted to the number below.
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After NFL teams made their unused 2022 cap space known yesterday, the Browns were at the top of the list by a wide margin.
By having over 27 million dollars to play with next season, the Browns will be able to get a few key pieces for both their offense and defense, which should give them their best chance to succeed.
This season, the Browns’ offense suffered for the majority of the season.
That was largely due to the unavailability of quarterback Deshaun Watson, who came off the heels of an 11-week suspension and hadn’t played in the league for over two years.
With more time in the offseason, Watson should have ample time to get back to MVP-caliber shape and develop a better rapport with the offensive weapons that the Browns already employ, not to mention the additional pieces that they will acquire as well.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Browns are led by former first-overall draft pick, Myles Garrett.
Garrett’s veteran leadership paired with a new defensive coordinator should prove to be effective.
Again, the Browns will have plenty of cap space available to sign any new players that they deem to help their organization grow in 2023.
This offseason will be filled with new player signings, trades, and of course, the draft.