OBR Daily Blog 12/14

Spending the team's off day sending positive, healing vibes toward Colt McCoy's ankle.


12/14
6:27 PM

Browns Roster Moves: DB Coye Francies to the 53-man roster, DB Eric King waived, LB Eric Bakhiari signed to practice squad. #Browns

Dollars and Sense
Dave Kolonich on December 14th, 2010 AT 5:08 PM

Earlier today, Don Delco delivered the word that the Browns had been officially eliminated from the playoff race.  And with that – and coming off the most disappointing loss of the season – it's a safe bet we can also officially begin looking towards the offseason.

And no, this isn't a blog post about the future of Eric Mangini.

But rather, this could prove to be one of the most interesting offseasons in recent NFL history – at least if you're into following a squabble between billionaires and millionaires. 

Assuming that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is agreed upon during the offseason, the landscape of next year's draft could be dramatically altered.

Take a look at the following….

National Football Post – Andrew Brandt's Mailbag

Will rookies get paid less with the new CBA?      –Bill R.

Yes, certainly at the top of the Draft. Sam Bradford was the last bonus baby in the history of top picks in the NFL. Bradford can max out at about $78 million. The next top draft pick in the NFL will probably max out at about $20-25 million.

With no voice behind them except for a handful of top agents, the rookies will be served up for slaughter. Management feels they make too much; veteran players feel they make too much; even union officials feel they make too much.

The more interesting question will be how a new rookie compensation system affects lower-round picks. Right now, these players represent a reasonable and fixed cost for a good portion of club rosters. The NFL should be careful what it wishes for here.

Or, as Brandt correctly points out – no one likes a highly paid rookie.

As this relates to the Browns, currently Mike Holmgren and company would hold a pick that would fall anywhere from #8 to #14, depending on tiebreakers.  The Browns are currently one of six NFL teams with a 5-8 record. 

If Brandt's projections are anywhere close to reality, another losing season for the Browns could actually pay off come next April. 

Considering that the Browns will likely not fall far from their 2010 draft slot, a player similar to Joe Haden in 2011 could save the Browns around 5-10 million dollars in guaranteed money.

It's also worth suggesting that such a draft slot suddenly becomes much more valuable for a team drafting later in the round.


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Loud sigh reverberates throughout NE Ohio
Don Delco on December 14th, 2010 AT 4:29 PM

The Associated Press decided today, in their infinite wisdom, they needed to write a story stating there are nine teams eliminated from playoff contention.

The USA Today decided to pick up the story, post it on their website and tweet it.

Story here.

Yes, the Browns are one of the teams. As if we didn’t know. Thanks for the reminder kick in the nether regions AP and USA Today. Ugh.

Who is ready to start talking NFL Draft?



12/14
3:33 PM

TSX: Browns’ Week 14 Grades: Poor grades ascend upon Browns after season’s worst performance vs. Bills. http://bit.ly/h743gQ

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12/14
7:51 AM

Browns-Bills: Joe’s Game Review: Joe Brownlee takes a look back at last Sunday’s “stinker.” http://bit.ly/e9ybAr


12/14
7:51 AM

Browns-Bills: Joe’s Game Review: Joe Brownlee takes a look back at last Sunday’s “stinker.” http://bit.ly/e9ybAr


12/13
9:08 PM

McBride: Rising Above the Waves: Medical mystery: Solved. Head coach: Advised. Crappy game: Shrugged off. Pleasu… http://bit.ly/gKP8oK

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