A look at some salary cap numbers

December, 27, 2013
12/27/13
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As the season winds down, it seems a good time to provide some facts about the Cleveland Browns' salary cap situation.

-- The Browns used $113.5 million of this season’s salary cap.

-- Which means $24 million went unused.

-- The team used $4.17 million of its cap space on quarterbacks, 4.34 percent of the total cap and 59.34 percent below the league average.

-- No running back used more than $775,000 of the cap -- and that was Chris Ogbonnaya.

-- The receiver who cost the most under the cap was Davone Bess, $2.68 million; he’s ninth on the team in cap space.

-- Gary Barnidge used the most salary cap space among tight ends, $1.4 million.

-- While the Browns were 70.6 percent below the league average in cap spending at running back and 51.1 percent below the league average at wide receiver, they were 25.8 percent above the average on the offensive line.

-- That’s partly because they have 11 linemen under contract, and because Joe Thomas costs $11.4 million under the cap.

-- The total cap space used for the offense: $39.03 million, 28 percent below the league average.

-- Defensively, the four top players under the cap are Joe Haden at $9.09 million, Paul Kruger at $8.2 million, Ahtyba Rubin at $7.474 million and Desmond Bryant at $7.5 million.

-- Signing bonuses have a lot to do with some of those figures. Bryant was given $5 million and Kruger $6 million to sign their contracts.

-- Barkevious Mingo's salary cap figure is $2.97 million, more than Jabaal Sheard, Phil Taylor and T.J. Ward.

-- The Browns are using more than the league average at every position but safety.

-- Total spending on the defense under the salary cap: $54.825 million, nine percent above the league average.

-- Heading into 2014, the Browns have $95.7 million in cap space committed to players, which means they have $40 million in cap space to use on roster bonuses, draft picks, free agents and restructured deals.

-- The biggest candidates for new deals this offseason: Haden and receiver Josh Gordon. The biggest roster bonuses due players: $4 million to D’Qwell Jackson, $1.7 million to John Greco.

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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