SI published their rankings of each team’s off-season outlook. They looked at the team’s draft selections, cap space, who they have as free agents and who their GM is. As expected the Cleveland Browns ranked high for their cap space and draft selections but overall were ranked last.
32. Cleveland Browns
Breakdown: FAs: 2 | Cap: 4 | Draft: 4 | GM: -5 | TOTAL: 5
The Browns have $45.5 million in cap to spend in the new league year, and two first-round picks after fleecing the Colts in the Trent Richardson trade. There’s a lot of talent on defense, and a few real playmakers on the offensive side of things. In other words, everything needed to build a real NFL powerhouse. Unfortunately, a front office that deserves a far lower rating than the one we were able to give it (heck with it; we’re throwing the lowest grade possible at this mess) will almost unquestionably squander these great gifts. Because when your team owner is under federal investigation, and your organization has changed team presidents, general managers and head coaches at a dizzying rate, it’s hard to take anything you do seriously.
So following the firing of Mike Lombardi and the promotion of Ray Farmer the team is given a -5? Obviously this is no attack on Farmer instead its an obvious and state attack on the team’s lack of stability.
How would you rank the team’s off-season outlook? Are you like the locals who love the move or like the national media who is less the impressed? How does this ranking make you feel? Angry? Sad? Frustrated?