The Cleveland Browns are coming off a 1-15 season, but a flurry of offseason trades, free-agency moves and draft picks has flipped the depth chart heading into the 2017 season.
Cleveland will build around No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett on defense, and the offense added a new quarterback in DeShone Kizer to the mix. Second-year coach Hue Jackson, general manager Sashi Brown and chief strategy office Paul DePodesta have a vision, and it will be interesting to see how that looks this season.
Paying that foursome will be challenging in and of itself, but adding capable support players around them poses a real problem as the cap stays stable over the next few seasons Cheap NCAA Jerseys but their salaries rise either through new contracts or eight percent annual raises. It is entirely possible that ownership will buy in to this core’s ability to contend, but it would come with hefty luxury tax bills starting as soon as 2018-19 and continuing until at least 2020-21 unless the league landscape changes abruptly Cheap NFL Jerseys Good Quality during that time.
That approach also put more pressure on general manager Dennis Lindsey to either retain George Hill or find a similarly capable point guard quickly because Utah missed the 2016 playoffs in no small part because of their lack of a capable player at the position. Lindsey answered by trading for Ricky Rubio, but will that be enough? Considering Hayward has only made the postseason twice in his career, he could expect playoff appearances as a baseline for a potential suitor.
That brings Utah’s other major challenge into focus: long-term expenses. Lindsey and a strong Jazz front office have done a wonderful job drafting Hayward, Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors and Rodney Hood while also adding quality veteran depth around them, but eventually those draft successes become substantially costlier (Incidentally, I wrote about this inevitability with the Jazz in October 2015).