The Cleveland Browns have several tough decisions to make in the offseason, and not just who to select in the 2002 NFL Draft.

BEREA - The Cleveland Browns have several tough decisions to make in the offseason, and not just who to select in the 2002 NFL Draft.

Money will be an issue between now and July when the Browns take the field for the first day of training camp. Which free agents will be brought back? Which free agents will be allowed to search for greener pastures? What high-priced players will be released, traded or placed on the expansion list to clear money under the salary cap?

With most of the Browns already talking about a playoff run in 2002, most of those players in question have said they want to stick around to enjoy that ride.

Cornerback Corey Fuller is locked in to a contract for the next two years, but he's due a big raise from $3.4 to $4.5 million in that span. Of course, like all NFL players, that contract is not guaranteed. While the Browns are not facing a problem with the salary cap, they could choose to release Fuller if they don't want to earmark that type of money on a cornerback who will be 32 years old at the end of his contract.

Fuller, however, said he is determined to finish his career in a Browns uniform, and if that means playing for less money, he'll do that.

"I've never been a worrier," said Fuller, who intercepted three passes this season to help the Browns set a team single-season record with 33. "I
don't worry about how much I make or how little I make. It doesn't phase me. If (the Browns) have a problem with how much I make and they want to
renegotiate my contract, call my agent, because that's not something I worry about. I want to finish my career here with the Cleveland Browns. That's the bottom line."

The Browns are not worried about their current cap situation. According to team president Carmen Policy, they are "in great shape with regards to the cap. If it were not for Orlando Brown, we'd be in tremendous shape."

Policy promised to have a steady stream of offensive free agents from other teams coming through Berea during the offseason. Getting some weapons for quarterback Tim Couch is a top priority. At the same time, they have to worry about other teams wining and dining their own free agents. One such player is cornerback Daylon McCutcheon, who is will be a restricted free agent. Like Fuller, McCutcheon wants to be back in Cleveland, but the three-year veteran knows this is his first opportunity to dip into the riches of the free-agent market.

McCutcheon could sign a one-year contract, then test the waters after the 2002 season as an unrestricted free agent. He could also forego that big financial score for the security of a long-term contract with the Browns.

"I'd like to be back, but football is football," said McCutcheon. "It is a business. I think they have a great foundation here, so if I end up here, that would be great. If I end up somewhere else, I'll have to move on and keep going. I think I'll be back. I think I had a good year, and if the coaches feel the same way and we can get it done, we can move ahead and I can keep working here. I'd like to get it done (early) because it's not something I want to worry about."

Guard Tre' Johnson, who missed all but the first three games this season after being placed on injured reserve, said he is anxious for a chance to return. The unrestricted free agent has not heard whether the Browns are interested in having him back. After undergoing his 11th surgery to repair an injured knee, the Browns might be worried that the former Pro Bowl
guard is at the end of the line.

"I'm not at the end yet," said Johnson. "I still have at least five years ahead of me. I know I'll play next year. I'm working hard, and this isn't as serious an injury as I've had in the past. I should be back at 100-percent in the next couple of months. If I'm not back here, I'll be somewhere else, because I know I can help any team in the National Football League. I can help any running game. I may not be the same (physically) as I was a few years ago, but I'm smarter. I know more, and I can be even better."

Butch Davis said on Monday that he had not yet spoken with Johnson or the team's doctors, but he did not close the door on his possible return. Earlier in the year he questioned whether Johnson would even want to return and go through the rigors of another long rehabilitation.

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