Bentley and the Browns' salary cap

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

There have been several inquiries the past few weeks asking if center LeCharles Bentley's release helps or hurts the salary cap situation of the Cleveland Browns.

The answer is neither. It's a stalemate.

When the Browns restructured Bentley's contract this offseason, they made it a one-year deal worth $605,000. The salary only counted against the cap if Bentley made the team out of training camp.

So, when Bentley asked for his release in June, the Browns neither lost nor gained any cap room. The salary wasn't on the books to begin with unless Bentley made Cleveland's final 53-man roster.