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Browns find value with draft-day deals

Browns find value with draft-day deals

1. Most fans were pleased when the Browns traded the No. 5 pick to the Jets for the No. 17 pick, the No. 52 pick, safety Abram Elam, defensive lineman Kenyon Coleman and backup QB Brett Ratliff. They seemed relieved because it indicated Brady Quinn should get a real chance to start at QB - although the Browns insist there will be a competition between Quinn and Derek Anderson. But as several sharp readers e-mailed me, follow the money.

2. Yes, the money was a big deal. Like most teams, the Browns wanted to trade out of their high picks because the NFL's salary cap is such a mess - the big money goes to highly drafted rookies. That means you spend too much cap room on unproven players. It also can create problems in the dressing room as some veterans will resent top-paid rookies - especially if the rookies don't produce or have a bad attitude.

3. Here's the deal behind the deal: In 2008, the No. 5 pick was Glenn Dorsey, who received $51 million ($23 million guaranteed) for five years. So Mark Sanchez (whom the Jets drafted at No. 5) will receive at least that much, probably more. Meanwhile, 2008 No. 17 pick Gosder Cherilus received $15 million ($8.9 million guaranteed) from Detroit.

4. But the Browns traded down twice more, adding a pair of sixth-rounders, and picked Alex Mack at No. 21. A year ago, the 21st pick was Sam Baker, who was paid $13.5 million ($8 million guaranteed) from Atlanta. So in 2008, the savings between the No. 5 and No. 21 picks was $15 million guaranteed, $37.5 million overall. That is major when trying to manage the cap.

5. Big cap numbers come from highly drafted picks or big-buck free agents. For example, Joe Thomas (No. 3 in 2007) had a $9.5 million (17th highest in the NFL) salary-cap figure in 2008, despite his salary being $4.4 million. It had to do with how his bonus was spread over the cap. Eric Steinbach's cap figure was $9.3 million (20th), but his salary was $3.9 million. Managing the cap is as important as drafting. In the case of Thomas and Steinbach, both are anchors on the offensive line - so they were wise moves.

6. But you can think back at other high picks by the Browns - Tim Couch (No. 1, 1999), Courtney Brown (No. 1, 2000), Gerard Warren (No. 3, 2001) and William Green (No. 16, 2002). None of them produced for as long as you'd expect of a high pick. At least Braylon Edwards (No. 3 in 2005) had one Pro Bowl season in 2007 and has some trade value.

7. When you miss on a high pick, it's a double loss. That player fails to help the team, and his salary eats up so much of the cap that it's hard to find someone to replace the high pick who fails.

8. Of course, if you draft a star at No. 5, then he might be worth the money. Not only did the Browns see no instant stars at No. 5, few other teams did. General Manager George Kokinis and coach Eric Mangini preferred to spend money on solid veterans to help them "change the culture" and teach the players how Mangini wants things done.

9. As the draft continued, the Browns added David Veikune (No. 52) as part of the Jets deal. They believe he can play either inside or outside linebacker. A few readers noticed that after the first day, I dismissed adding a pair of sixth-rounders as the Browns dropped from No. 17 to No. 21. But a few days later, I praised the drafting of sixth-round running back James Davis of Clemson. I hate when I contradict myself within 48 hours, but I hear good things on Davis, the 195th pick.

10. While on the subject of cleaning up my messes, I also wrote that fourth-rounder Kaluka Maiava was a career backup at USC, but the linebacker started as a senior and made second-team All-Pac-10. I do think his impact will be on special teams, where he was the captain of that unit at USC.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 12, 2009

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