Kevin Stefanski: Browns are in “good spot” with Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry cap hits

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Wide receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry are set to have the two biggest cap hits for the Browns during the 2021 season and head coach Kevin Stefanski sees no reason why that should get in the way of keeping both players.

The salary cap is shrinking for the coming season and the two wideouts make up about 15 percent of the projected number, but the Browns are projected to have cap space and Stefanski said on ESPN Radio this week that he feels the team can do what they need to do this offseason without moves involving either player.

“I think we can, yeah,” Stefanski said, via Cleveland.com. “I think you don’t want to be so dogmatic about it and say, ‘All right. We have to have this number of receivers and this number of tight ends and this running back.’ I think you go with what you have and you make sure that you’re putting yourself in position to field a competitive roster for a bunch of years moving forward. So, yeah, I think we’re in a good spot. The easy part to say is, ‘Hey, just give us more players. Give us three more great players on the offensive side, and give us three players on the defensive side, and we’re going to spend this amount on each guy.’ I think we have a plan. We’ll follow through with that plan.”

Beckham’s salary is guaranteed for injury and he’s coming off an ACL, so they’d have to trade him to realize any cap savings. Cutting Landry would clear more than $11.7 million in space, but General Manager Andrew Berry didn’t sound any more inclined to go that route than Stefanski when asked about Landry during last week’s press conference.

8 responses to “Kevin Stefanski: Browns are in “good spot” with Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry cap hits

  1. Browns fan here. Uh no they aren’t in a good spot. Can’t pay two receivers $30 mil a year combined. One of which is always hurt! The Browns don’t need Odell. They need to build the defense!

  2. Why would they even consider cutting Landry? He is one of the leaders and most productive players on the team.

  3. Until they get a legit QB and turn over play calling to Van Pelt, they have no chance. stefanski doesn’t know how to use his 2 best assets on offense which are Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Mayfield was 30th in accuracy, with a ton of talent on offense, throwing mostly short passes. Stafanski called 53 passes vs the Jets with 4 WRs picked off the street, was an idiotic game plan, and of course the Browns lost. if the Browns did what the Bucs did, which is run more than they passed they would have beat the Chiefs. More of the same for this bizarro organization

  4. Didn’t watch the Browns much but the impression I got is they badly need a credible deep threat to keep the safeties honest; should be Beckham but was hurt. And they need to get him the ball consistently – don’t know if that’s a Mayfield thing or play calling.

  5. The Browns are sitting on roughly $20mil in cap space this offseason. That’s more than enough to fill the holes they need to fill. From a perspective of salary cap management, they have no need to cut/trade either player.

  6. Stefanski may have had his share of hiccups as a rookie HC, but he was the main reason why the Browns had their most successful season in 26 years. He changed the entire culture, which was rancid with losing and awful behind-the-scenes in-fighting and just plain toxicity, to one where the players bought in, where the egotistic QB learned to respect the tough coaching given him, and where the owners stepped back and stayed out of the way. You don’t go to Pittsburgh in the playoffs, where they hadn’t won in 17 years, be in utter chaos because of COVID, without the HC, several other coaches, and a number of key players and win without having established a winning, healthy culture. Other teams could learn from what the Browns did, particularly teams in the southern portion of the US, west of the Mississippi…

  7. The browns should unload obj to anyone who will take him and use whatever draft capita they could get in return to help build this thing in Cleveland towards something that brings home a championship. They’re not far away as crazy as it may sound.

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