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Are the Cleveland Browns Progressing or Regressing?

New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo runs onto the field for an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

In a free agency class that could feature Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garoppolo and 60+ million in cap space, the Browns might have taken themselves out of that as well as they figure out if Kizer is or is not their guy.

The rest of the picks with the exception of kicker Zane Gonzalez features a bunch of guys that could see time in situational roles with a chance to start with injury or with improvement next season.

As the roster neared this seasons beginning, more controversial decisions happened. The inevitable cut of Brock Osweiler and his 16 million dollar contract happened.

It appears as if the front office wanted to absorb as much of that hit as possible so veterans Joe Haden and Greco were cut and Erving was traded to Kansas City to help offset the money.

While I agree with getting anything possible for the underwhelming Cam Erving, the cuts of Haden and Greco were a little disappointing. While Haden’s contract was so bad that nobody would trade for him and his play was going downhill the last two seasons with injury, he was still a former Pro Bowl corner at a position the Browns were very thin at.

If he had a bounce back year, the team could have retained another building block and veteran leader the team lacked. Similarly with Greco, as the team moves towards progressing with Kizer, the line needs to do a better job of protecting him than they did with all the QBs last year.

Greco was a versatile lineman that can play multiple positions and with Coleman being an unknown at RT, and Bitonio and Tretter being injury plagued, Greco could have stepped in multiple positions and was a previous starter.

For just three million dollars with 60 million in cap room still, the front office looks cheap with some of these moves by getting rid of these players instead of letting them just play out the year and chopping them next year.

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While a pharmacy major at Toledo by day, Brandon Urasek is now making his mark in the journalism scene specializing in fantasy football and all things Cleveland sports. A five time fantasy football league champ and two time runner-up in ten tries, Brandon strives to help people with their lineups each week in both personal and weekly fantasy leagues in addition to covering the other various Cleveland teams. Follow Brandon on twitter @burasek10

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