With $50 million in cap space heading into next year the Cleveland Browns have the third best cap space in the NFL. That makes it all the more important that they resign soon to be free agents Alex Mack and TJ Ward. Both have been leaders of their respective units this year particularly TJ Ward and it would be devastating if either were to be lost especially when cap space isin’t an obstacle.
Even if both were given deals of around $10-15 million a year it would still leave Cleveland with a minimum of around $20 million which is expected to go up by about $5 million if they release Greg Little and Davone Bess after both had an underwhelming year, Bess in particular leading the NFL in drops and posting several pictures of himself doing drugs this off-season.
Both had breakout seasons this year. TJ Ward finally got the recognition as one of the best SS against the run and getting to his first Probowl and getting second team All-Pro. He lead the Browns with 75 solo tackles along with D’Weekly Jackson. He has part of a strong Cleveland secondary which features both of Cleveland’s top two picks from 2010 along with second team All-Pro Joe Haden
Alex Mack also made his second Probowl thanks to his dominant blocking against the pass and in the run game despite Cleveland’s backs not taking advantage of it (I’m talking about you Willis McGahee). He also made his first All-Pro team with second team honors from AP.