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Don't Worry, Be Happy

The spin we're starting to see from the team in the press was countered by a stoic Tim Couch at the I-X Center yesterday. You know the deal, dawgs, <A HREF="http://www.brownstng.com/browns/news/btng_newswire.asp">click here for the newswire</A>, or click the title for my uninformed takes on the day's events.

Today's newswire is largely consumed by two types of stories.

The first type, illustrated by the story in this morning's Plain Dealer, is that of current Browns offering their somewhat-more-calming views on the recent cuts of veteran starters. According to Tony Grossi's story, Kenard Lang views it as the extension of a larger scheme: "Coach Davis obviously has a plan. To be candid, I don't think he would try to intentionally hurt this football team."

I would hope not.

In other words, "Coach Knows Best". Come to think of it, that sounds like a better name for that TV show that Davis does during the season. Still, it's good to hear that the entire team isn't in the state of mortal panic hinted at by coverage earlier this week.

The other news in the second type of story is somewhat more alarming. No, not the news that Davis didn't tell Couch that he is next year's starter, although that is considered a headline in some of the papers. The alarming news is that the Browns haven't even approached Couch about restructuring his contract.

When I read that this morning, my eyes started blinking involuntarily, and my jaw actually dropped, leaving my mouth hanging more wide open than usual.

In my opinion, not starting down this path with Couch and Brown back in February was a mistake. Not starting these required steps by early March borders on unforgiveable.

While the Browns are clearly not in the position to spend big money on the free agent market, limiting their flexibility by not being pro-active in restructuring these deals is, at best, a confusing strategy.

Do the Browns expect to be in a better negotiating position with Couch and Brown after the draft? Are they hoping to get another team to swallow the contracts? Do they expect to be in a better negotiating position when the free agent pool becomes even more shallow? Do they expect media pressure to become greater on Couch and Brown to restructure over the next several months?

If the stories reported today are true, I have to admit that I am truly baffled by the team's inaction. Over 20% of the team's available room under the cap is taken up by two players whose professional accomplishments don't reflect that level of contribution to the team's success.

Yesterday, I read an article by a Bengals fan on their site that offered that he felt uncomfortable with two linebackers earning 10% of that team's salary cap. One of those players is Takeo Spikes. If that is alarming, then this situation would be enough to make the average Cincy fan's head explode.

The Browns salary cap situation is not sustainable, now or in the future. Why haven't we seen any action? If not now, when?

- , Bernie's Insiders Webmaster


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, Bernie's Insiders Webmaster

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Today's newswire is largely consumed by two types of stories.

The first type, illustrated by the story in this morning's Plain Dealer, is that of current Browns offering their somewhat-more-calming views on the recent cuts of veteran starters. According to Tony Grossi's story, Kenard Lang views it as the extension of a larger scheme: \"Coach Davis obviously has a plan. To be candid, I don't think he would try to intentionally hurt this football team.\"

I would hope not.

In other words, \"Coach Knows Best\". Come to think of it, that sounds like a better name for that TV show that Davis does during the season. Still, it's good to hear that the entire team isn't in the state of mortal panic hinted at by coverage earlier this week.

The other news in the second type of story is somewhat more alarming. No, not the news that Davis didn't tell Couch that he is next year's starter, although that is considered a headline in some of the papers. The alarming news is that the Browns haven't even approached Couch about restructuring his contract.

When I read that this morning, my eyes started blinking involuntarily, and my jaw actually dropped, leaving my mouth hanging more wide open than usual.

In my opinion, not starting down this path with Couch and Brown back in February was a mistake. Not starting these required steps by early March borders on unforgiveable.

While the Browns are clearly not in the position to spend big money on the free agent market, limiting their flexibility by not being pro-active in restructuring these deals is, at best, a confusing strategy.

Do the Browns expect to be in a better negotiating position with Couch and Brown after the draft? Are they hoping to get another team to swallow the contracts? Do they expect to be in a better negotiating position when the free agent pool becomes even more shallow? Do they expect media pressure to become greater on Couch and Brown to restructure over the next several months?

If the stories reported today are true, I have to admit that I am truly baffled by the team's inaction. Over 20% of the team's available room under the cap is taken up by two players whose professional accomplishments don't reflect that level of contribution to the team's success.

Yesterday, I read an article by a Bengals fan on their site that offered that he felt uncomfortable with two linebackers earning 10% of that team's salary cap. One of those players is Takeo Spikes. If that is alarming, then this situation would be enough to make the average Cincy fan's head explode.

The Browns salary cap situation is not sustainable, now or in the future. Why haven't we seen any action? If not now, when?

- , Bernie's Insiders Webmaster

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