In his weekly Sunday column, The Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto indicates that CEO Joe Banner is looking for his team to use some of the cap room that they’ve saved.
When Joe Banner ran the business side of the Eagles, he liked to sign players before they reached free agency. Part of the reason the Browns have about $30 million left on the salary cap is they want to sign some of their current players.
They will begin serious talks with center Alex Mack, a free agent at the end of the season. He will make about $5.5 million between his regular salary and a roster bonus. He is a major part of the line and has never missed a snap since being a first-round pick in 2009.
The surprising name in here may be guard John Greco, who is battling for a starting guard spot after holding down the left guard position last season after the injury to Jason Pinkston.
John Greco has impressed, and is on the final year of an $800,000 deal. The Browns may consider an extension, especially if Greco establishes himself as a starting guard in training camp.
It’s clear that one of the Browns’ main goals in the upcoming year or two will be to lockup its young core that is all under the age of 30.