The Cleveland Browns are said to love Damarious Randall, but the safety might hold off on extension for potentially a bigger payday in free agency.
The Browns recently picked up Randall’s fifth-year player option and the defensive back can be a free agent at the end of the season.
Fans who got excited about the mention of an extension may have to curb their enthusiasm, because as ESPN Cleveland Browns’ analyst Tony Belives said, the two sides probably already had preliminary discussions prior to the report.
Grossi speculated back in June that Randall’s side may have “tapped the breaks” on contract talks because of the money given to safeties in free agency, as covered here June 14.
He was asked about the extension now that Training Camp is right around the corner and the long-time scribe didn’t seem optimistic, via TheLandonDemand (subscription).
“I think the Browns love Damarious Randall, but I think they’re getting the vibe he feels there’s a pot of gold in free agency… I think the Browns have gotten the vibe that it’s going to be a little hard to not only sign him, but turnaround and think of Myles Garrett, Baker Mayfield and stuff like that, so I think that’s where they are at. They are talking, but I think it’s not going to go very far.”
Grossi pointed how the team’s decision to spend a draft pick on a safety, Sheldrick Redwine, as well as the trade for former Chiefs’ safety Eric Murray. Redwine sets the Browns up for the future, while Murray is nice insurance to have on the roster.
The upcoming offseason will see the Browns forced to make tough decisions regarding contracts because of those aforementioned looming Mayfield and Garrett deals.
Joe Schobert is in the final year of his rookie contract. Will the Browns try to extend him?
What about Jarvis Landry? It seems like the veteran just got here, however the Browns have a potential out should they not want to pay the receiver his estimated $13 million in base salary. If the Browns cut Landry, only $4.5 million would be counted as dead money, as opposed to this year, when $18.5 million would be dead cap.
Perhaps training camp will be the last hurrah for any kind of extension, because once the season gets rolling, I think it gets less likely Randall re-sign as games fly off the calendar and he gets ever so closer to free agency.