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Cleveland Browns 2021 free agency outlook

The Browns head into 2021 free agency coming off an 11-5 season. We break down their free agents, cap space, and more.

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns will look to keep the success rolling after finding themselves in the playoffs in 2020. To be a consistent contender the next few years, the Browns will need to make smart decisions in free agency. Cleveland has 26 free agents in 2021 highlighted by defensive players with edge rusher Olivier Vernon, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, linebacker B.J. Goodson and safeties Andrew Sendejo and Karl Joseph.

Lost revenue due to COVID-19 will impact every team, but with so many free agents the likely drop in the league wide salary cap number could make things difficult. The 2020 number was around $198 million, while the 2021 number could drop to $180.5 million according to Over The Cap, but is subject to change.

Franchise/Transition Tag possibilities

Vernon is an interesting case as he put together a solid 2020 season on the opposite side of Myles Garrett after struggling the season prior. He finished this past year with nine sacks but just as he was about to hit the free agency market, Vernon ruptured his Achilles in the final game of the regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There was speculation Cleveland would place the franchise tag on linebacker Joe Schobert last season, but the Browns let him walk and he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cleveland may not use its franchise tag again this offseason.

Salary cap

Estimated 2021 cap space: $17,936,157

2021 transactions

Free agent signings


Free agent departures




Notable unrestricted free agents

Browns 2021 Free Agents

Pos Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
Pos Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
WR KhaDarel Hodge* Browns
WR Rashard Higgins Browns
WR Marvin Hall Browns
WR Taywan Taylor Browns
WR JoJo Natson Browns
LT Kendall Lamm Browns
LG Anthony Fabiano* Browns
EDGE Olivier Vernon Browns
DT Vincent Taylor Browns
IDL Larry Ogunjobi Browns
LB Tae Davis* Browns
LB B.J. Goodson Browns
LB Malcolm Smith Browns
LB Elijah Lee Browns
CB Tavierre Thomas* Browns
CB Terrance Mitchell Browns
CB Kevin Johnson Browns
S Andrew Sendejo Browns
S Karl Joseph Browns
K Cody Parkey Browns

* Denotes Restricted Free Agent (RFA)

Salary cap

Estimated 2021 cap space: $XXXXXXXXXXX

Franchise/Transition Tag possibilities: