Of of the advantages, then, is they are able to pursue signing players who charge around that much per season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis is said to be on the trading block right now, largely due to his $16 million base salary due now and each of the next three seasons. According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, the Browns are showing some interest in acquiring Revis by way of a trade.
Naturally, the first thought of any Steelers fan here is going to be how not fun the thought of facing a secondary that includes both Joe Haden and Darrelle Revis is. But perhaps the more gnawing feeling is the one that may lead you to believe the pick the Browns are looking to swap is the one they acquired by dealing a fourth round pick in 2013 to division rival Pittsburgh, who used it to select safety Shamarko Thomas.
Granted, Cleveland has the cap space, and for anyone who doesn't, it's an absolutely ridiculous contract to take on, not to mention the end result of one of the worst trades in NFL history (Tampa Bay gave up a first and fourth round pick for the rights to pay Revis $16 million on a 4-12 team).
As always, though, take reports made this day and over the next few days with a few grains of salt. The Jets scored big on a deal to send Revis and his contract out of town last year, there's very little chance any team would be short-sighted enough to make that deal again.
Except maybe the Browns. Stay tuned on that one.