With the NFL season now over, the Cleveland Browns have turned their attention to the offseason. The team's first priority is re-signing its own players, and the Browns have several key contributors they need to bring back next season, but also a few they could elect to get rid of. Cleveland has already started the process, releasing Josh McCown last week. Here are three players the Browns may cut this offseason:
QB Robert Griffin III
It's unlikely that the Browns would cut two of their top quarterbacks in the same offseason, but that may very well be the case this year. RGIII is on the books for over $8.7 million next season with Cleveland at least anticipating he'll be the starter or compete for the starting job. However, if the front office decides to move forward with Cody Kessler as the starter - or if they draft a QB in the first round - it would make perfect sense for Cleveland to cut Griffin and sign a veteran backup for cheap.
OG Alvin Bailey
Bailey is set to be Cleveland's third-highest paid offensive lineman next year at over $2.3 million, but he only started five gams for the Browns last season. Cleveland would be smart to use that money elsewhere.
CB Joe Haden
Trading Haden is more likely than cutting him (the Dolphins are interested in trading for a corner), but his time with the team is coming sooner rather than later. He's on the books for $14.4 million this year, making him the Browns' highest-paid player and the fourth highest-paid cornerback in the league. His production simply isn't up to that standard anymore.Back to the Cleveland Browns Newsfeed