Cutch Ponders His Future

Daylon McCutcheon can do the math. With the exit of Kevin Johnson, there are now just four Browns with the team who were with the team in 1999. Cutch talks to Mike McLain about his future with the team, which may include free agency in the very near future...

BEREA – Daylon McCutcheon has to wonder what his future will be like with the Browns after the events of last week.

McCutcheon realizes that he's one of just four players remaining from the active roster when the Browns returned to the NFL in 1999. The fact that coach Butch Davis has parted ways with most of the players from the previous regime means that McCutcheon could be next. That's not to say he's expecting to be let go in the offseason.

"The way things are set up for me, this could be my last year," McCutcheon said. "I feel like I've played well, but with salary-cap issues – I don't know how things are around here – if you look at the way things are going, everyone from the past is gone.

"Yes, I've played well, but it would be naïve of me to sit here and think I'm the one player they want to stick around here. If I am, we'll talk about that at the end of the season. I'd like to stick around here because I think the Browns have a bright future. If not, then I'll be ready to move on."

McCutcheon has one season remaining on a contract that will pay him a base salary of $1.5 million in 2004. He's due a $1.3 million roster bonus March 1. If the Browns don't pay the bonus, McCutcheon would become a free agent.

SUGGS HOLDS UP: Running back Lee Suggs took a hard hit on his right shoulder on kick coverage against Arizona. Suggs had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in the shoulder last May.

"You had to test it out sometime," Suggs said. "That was the perfect chance."

BOYER NUMBERS: Linebacker Brant Boyer's tackles total against the Cardinals was changed to 11 from nine after the coaches' film review. Boyer, who started in place of the injured Ben Taylor, could see more time in the future.

"At times we've been able to do it because of different schemes and different personnel groups," Davis said. "With his play of Sunday, it warrants the opportunity to play more. I've never been in a situation where defensively you had a little bit of a rotational system. There's no question that Brant brings something to the huddle."

GAMEBALLS (NO GOATS): Davis gave balls to the entire kick coverage team, which held the Cardinals to an average of 18.3 yards on nine kicks. Arizona was ninth in the NFL in kick-return average entering the game.

Game balls on defense went to end Courtney Brown and tackle Gerard Warren. Right tackle Ryan Tucker, tight end Darnell Sanders and receivers Andre Davis, Quincy Morgan, Dennis Northcutt and Andre King were awarded on offense.

HAPPINESS IS A BLOWOUT WIN: Butch was understandably in a good mood at his Monday press conference.

"It (a lopsided win) is a rare occurrence," Butch said. "Not just for us. Just look around the league. There are a small handful of games that are what you call a blowout. There's maybe one a week."

Butch talked about wanting to get a fresh start after the bye week. Facing Kansas City the week after the bye didn't help.

"We wanted it to be a fresh start coming off the bye week," Davis said. "Going to Kansas City, the league's only undefeated team, wasn't the perfect scenario to start the second half of the season. We knew we were in somewhat of a similar situation to where we were last year. If we could get on a roll and start winning, we could put ourselves in a position to have an impact on our division championship."


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