Cleveland Browns: Slowly Building a Winning Franchise
For the Cleveland Browns, the road has been a rocky one. Since the NFL reinstated the Browns in 1999, the team has only seen the playoffs one time, 2002. In fact, since then the team has only had two winning seasons. The other came in 2007. However, over the past several months there has been a culture change in Cleveland. One that seems to have an emphasis on building a winner. That is exactly what this team doing.
Heading into the 2018 offseason the Cleveland Browns had over $100 million in salary cap space. Recently hired GM John Dorsey knew he had to use this money to turn this team around. After all, that is, what a General Manager’s job is, winning?
It started with the 2017 Draft. The Browns were able to have three first-round picks. Three picks in which they seem to capitalize on very well. You can even take it back to 2016 when the team selected WR Corey Coleman. Nonetheless, 2017 yielded three number ones, Myles Garrett, Jabril Peppers, and David Njoku. All of which brought their own set of unique skills to the Cleveland Browns.
However, what has happened since is the true testament to winning. The Browns made several trades in less than 2 weeks to not only improve their team but to also clean off some bad contracts. Those trades included added weaponry such as WR Jarvis Landry and QB Tyrod Taylor. Thus giving them some leeway when it comes to the 2018 NFL Draft.
That leads to my next point. Even with all the trades that the Cleveland Browns executed, they still have nine picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. This includes five picks in the top 65. All picks that could continue to aid in building the Browns back into a winner.
It is with this type of mentality and attitude that the successful franchises stay on top. Cleveland may still have a year or two ahead of them, however, they are well on their way. John Dorsey and company have this franchise headed in the right direction, up. Hence, the Cleveland Browns may finally become a franchise that is attractive to more than just the die-hards.
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