Browns Create Cap Space by Restructuring Jack Conklin's Contract

Devon Platana
The Cleveland Browns have created some cap space by restructuring Jack Conklin's contract.
The Cleveland Browns have created some cap space by restructuring Jack Conklin's contract. / Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns head into the offseason following a disappointing display during the 2021 NFL season. While the Browns already had plenty of cap space to spend during March's free agency period, it doesn't hurt to have some extra cash.

ESPN's Field Yates reported on Saturday that the Browns and right tackle Jack Conklin have agreed to restructure his 2022 contract. The deal will give Cleveland an extra $4 million in cap space to work with.

Jack Conklin Contract

Conklin was originally slated to earn $12 million in non-guaranteed money, however, Yates said he'll now see $8 million in guaranteed salary plus $4 million in incentives.

A two-time All-Pro tackle, Conklin was held to just seven games during the 2021 due to a right knee injury. There's sometimes uncertainty surrounding knee injuries, so his knee deal will at least guarantee him most of his old contract if he suffers a setback.

Nevertheless, a healthy Conklin makes the Browns a better team. He only allowed two sacks on 999 offensive snaps during the 2020 NFL campaign, which is the type of protection that QB Baker Mayfield needs if Cleveland wants to succeed next season.

With Conklin's deal restructured, Spotrac lists the Browns as having approximately $28.8 million in cap space to work with this offseason. If general manager Andrew Berry plays his cards right, Cleveland could make some noise going forward.

The Browns currently have +2800 odds (T-No. 15) to win Super Bowl LVII next season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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