J.C. Tretter wants to return to the Cleveland Browns next season.
The Cleveland Browns got some good news on Thursday when during a media scrum, team-leader and prolific center-piece of the offensive line J.C. Tretter has announced that he intends on returning to the team in 2022 after some speculation he may hang up his cleats following the conclusion of the 2021 season.
Tretter, who’s turning 31 in February, was a player that some thought might retire after this year. He’s incredibly smart having gone to Cornell, and with his role as the NFLAPA President, Tretter could easily find his way into a highly profitable field that didn’t include getting his head kicked in every week.
Tretter still has a year left on his deal after the 2021 season ends, which could be terminated for just a $1.6 million cap penalty, saving the Browns upwards of $8+ million. This is where things may get a bit sticky for Tretter and Browns fans.
J.C. Tretter is a player that could be cut by the Cleveland Browns
The Browns have a lot of free agents, and not so much much in terms of cap space at the moment to re-sign them all while also bringing back some key players. To close ou the 2021 season the Cleveland Browns will have just under $10 million in cap space, but to start the 2022 season the team will have nearly $40 million in cap space. That’s before the possibility of the cap rising heading into the 2022 season.
With key free agents like M.J. Stewart, Jadeveon Clowney, and David Njoku all looking for bigger deals after solid-to-strong seasons, that $40 million will disappear fast. It all but guarantees the Browns won’t be making a move at quarterback unless the team allows all three to walk, while also re-structuring Jarvis Landry’s contract and cutting someone like Tretter.
It would be a dang shame to see Tretter get cut due to cap reasons, as the team has let go of franchise favorites like Joe Schobert and Joe Haden for similar reasons but that could be the way the Cleveland Browns are going in 2022.