New York Jets have most salary-cap space at $90 million

Erik Drost

Erik Drost

With three major trades on Friday, the Cleveland Browns let it be known that they intend to be taken seriously. Trades, including the four the Browns agreed upon (Dorsey will also send defensive tackle Danny Shelton and a 2018 fifth-round choice to the New England Patriots for a 2019 third-round pick), can not be completed until then.

The Cleveland Browns haven't been relevant in the National Football League playoff race since 2002, but general manager John Dorsey is making sure the team stays relevant in the headlines throughout the 2018 offseason. Tim Benz says the Landry acquisition was a great haul, but the several other deals haven't quite moved the needle enough.

Coming into the offseason, Cleveland entered the week with a league-high $114.4 million in salary cap space and a league-high 12 selections in the upcoming NFL Draft.

A deep, talented, Super Bowl-ready roster could add the final piece: a franchise quarterback.

The Bills now own five picks in the top 65 of this year's draft: No. 21, No. 22, No. 53, No. 56 and No. 65.

And for the crowd saying the Browns still need to draft a quarterback first overall: Dorsey is so meticulous at finding the right quarterback that he surrendered two first rounders so the Kansas City Chiefs could trade up and get Patrick Mahomes past year.

They could also unload their No. 4 pick for an NFL-proven talent.

Barkley, a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, lit up the NFL Combine last weekend in Indianapolis.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay called Barkley an "exception-to-the-rule" running back, a position rarely considered for the first pick.

Well, not really. They are not that close, but they are making moves. McCarron might prefer to start for the longer term, while Taylor arrives with only one year left on his contract.

A starting quarterback. A three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.

A quiet Friday afternoon was turned upside down when the Cleveland Browns made a decision to start making some serious trades. If Cleveland is set on getting their quarterback in the draft, then the logical plan would be to build around the quarterback and give him weapons and playmakers to work with. More importantly, he's taken them away from needing to do it with the first overall pick - which can now be used on Saquon Barkley.

Tampa Bay also re-signed backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who appeared in six games last season. Free agency hasn't even started yet, and with over $80 million in cap space still available, Cleveland clearly has the power to sign more high-profile talent before the draft comes around next month.

Cousins might not be the game's best QB, but adding him could make the Vikings the new favorite to win it all in 2018. Kizer was sent to Green Bay to back up Aaron Rodgers.

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