Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk suggests that, with Rubin entering the final year of a four-year, $27.6 million contract, the defensive lineman’s $8.175 million cap number may be a bit too much for a new front office to take on. Having a boat load of cap space, it is not as if the Browns are handcuffed in a financial sense, but they could save themselves $6.8 million against the cap by releasing Rubin, a former seventh-round selection who started 14 games at left end last season, tallying 52 tackles and two sacks.
Rubin’s best season arguably came in 2011 (then in Dick Jauron’s 4-3 defense), recording 82 tackles and five quarterback sacks, playing in all 16 games. The Browns, as discussed within a recent WFNY podcast, are rife with depth on the defensive line. If the team felt they could better utilize their funds, or that he is not a fit for their defense going forward, releasing Rubin would make sense. To say that the 330-pounder has—to borrow a phrase—”diminishing skills,” however, would be a vast understatement.
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