1. Cleveland Browns C J.C. Tretter
Cleveland Browns center J.C. Tretter is under contract through the 2022, so there’s no sense of urgency to do anything with him right now.
If anything, Tretter looked like a candidate to be waived after the season. If you’re going to do that, though, you’ve got to make sure you’ve got a replacement ready to go, and the man the Browns drafted to replace Tretter, Nick Harris, looked far from ready to start.
Even looking at the future, an extension for Tretter looks unlikely. He’s in his age 30 season and he’s battled injuries. and he’s earning $9.1 million this season. He’ll earn $7.9 in the final year of his deal.
If the Browns want to keep him for another season, they can make it happen. Chris Hubbard’s $5 million will be coming off the books and obviously, you’d take Tretter over some rando off the street.
During his time in Cleveland, Tretter’s been one prime examples of the mantra the team’s front office and coach Kevin Stefanski preach: “Smart, tough, accountable.”
Some writers have tossed around the idea of Tretter retiring, as he usually plays hurt. I could see him finishing his contract, but I don’t think a new deal will be in the work.