SI’s “Ranking Teams by Off-Season Outlook:” Cleveland Browns Last

January 26, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Team Rice wide receiver Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns (12) catches a pass against Team Sanders cornerback Tim Jennings of the Chicago Bears (26) and linebacker Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens (55) during the fourth quarter of the 2014 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Team Rice defeated Team Sanders 22-21. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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? 

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  • Josh Hart

    Now, it should be higher than it was a few days ago. Instability so far for sure, but I like this FO look, and trust it more, than the previous. The nation laughs at this franchise, and who wouldn’t? They’ve been a joke for too long. If they start winning games, the perception will change.

  • Letterman007

    Have to agree with Josh, winning cures a lot of evils and if this front office doesn’t mess this up, we should start the winning this year! They have been right calling this organization a farce, as it has been since we’ve come back into the league. But things will be turning around, especially since Haslam got rid of the dead weight in the front office!!

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