Browns are 0-for-8 on fifth-year options for first-rounders

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Since the adoption of a new rookie wage scale in the latest collective bargaining agreement in 2011, the fifth-year option has been a way for teams to hang onto successful first-round picks for a fixed price.

And perhaps not surprisingly, considering the results of the first half of this decade, the Browns have struggled.

According to a database compiled by Warren Sharp, the Browns are 0-for-8 so far on players seeing the option years, which underscores why last year’s 7-8-1 feels like such remarkable progress.

They picked up 2011 first-rounder Phil Taylor’s, but cut him before the start of the 2015 season. The players they did not pick up the options for include: Trent Richardson (2012), Brandon Weeden (2012), Barkevious Mingo (2013), Justin Gilbert (2014), Johnny Manziel (2014), Danny Shelton (2015), and Cameron Erving (2015). They won’t exercise 2016 first-rounder Corey Coleman‘s either, since he’s on the Giants roster now. The streak should end when it’s time to do business with 2017 first-rounder Myles Garrett.

Blowing that many premium picks is an easy way to prevent your team from being good for years to come.

The Seahawks are 0-for-2 over the same span, since they so often trade down and out of the first round.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Panthers, Texans, and Chargers are a clean 5-for-5 through the 2015 draft class, while the Falcons are 4-for-4.

22 responses to “Browns are 0-for-8 on fifth-year options for first-rounders

  1. I think you could pick players with a dartboard and not miss on as many 1st round picks as the Browns have since they returned as an expansion team.

  2. You should pull that Panthers 5-for-5 stat. Some of those were Gettleman picks. You wouldn’t want to disturb your narrative that the guy can’t do his job.

  3. … and… to be fair…

    … the Cleveland Browns beat pittsburgh last season
    but the win was stolen by officiating.

    The 2018 Cleveland Browns got robbed AT LEAST 3 wins (arguably FOUR!!!).

  4. redlikethepig:

    The guy who hit on Mayfield (Dorsey) has two things going for him: 1) He did not miss on any of those 8 (prior regime) and 2) He built the Chiefs we now know as a top AFC contender.

    So yeah: he has clout and credibility.

  5. wlubake says:
    April 23, 2019 at 11:25 am
    You should pull that Panthers 5-for-5 stat. Some of those were Gettleman picks. You wouldn’t want to disturb your narrative that the guy can’t do his job.

    “Hog mollie” Vernon Butler will break the streak

  6. i don’t feel sorry for this franchise. tired of this ‘poor me’ attitude from their players and fans. good lord. my timberwolves are a laughing stock every year and i don’t care. suck is suck.

  7. Dorsey seems like a competent GM. But let’s wait a few years before hailing him as the GM of the decade as some are already making him out to be. He hit on Mayfield. Let’s give him a few more drafts. The Browns are still owned by one of the most incompetent and crooked owner in all of sports who meddles in draft decisions.

  8. The browns went 0-8 a lot. Not surprised by this stat. I don’t think Detroit is too far behind them.

  9. All really were poor picks! How many games did the Browns win with any of them on the team? Not many!

  10. granadafan says:
    April 23, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Dorsey seems like a competent GM. But let’s wait a few years before hailing him as the GM of the decade as some are already making him out to be. He hit on Mayfield. Let’s give him a few more drafts. He hit on Mayfield.
    ______________________________________________

    WHY? Do you forget just who put that Chiefs team together? Who do you think drafted Mahomes, Hill and Hunt? And then there’s the fact that Dorsey’s 1st year in Cleveland they won more games than they did in the previous 3yrs combined! I’d say he’s done enough to at least pencil him in there.

  11. @ granadafan,

    In addition to Mayfield Dorsey also drafted Denzel Ward CB, Austin Corbett OL and Nick Chubb RB.
    And you think he just hit on Mayfield!

    Why don’t more people check the facts before posting and looking foolish, with Google it only takes a minute!

  12. Just gotta wonder when y’all are going to tear off the rear-view mirror and throw it in the can. Geez. The 2019 Browns have ZERO resemblance to ANY of this crap from the past! Is that so hard for y’all to understand. I understand that you miss your annual whipping boy, but get over it! New day has dawned in Cleveland. The current Front Office, Coaching Staff, and, most importantly, roster have NOTHING in common with any of their predecessors. Man, how long is it going to take for that to sink in???!!!!

  13. You think they’ll option Myles, Baker and Denzil?

    There’s a reason they still have cap space.

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