The Cleveland Browns did not get better on Friday. It’s otherwise been an offseason of good vibes and solid additions for a team that in the span of one year has moved away from its rancid past and into a window of contention, but the Browns cut Sheldon Richardson and made an already thin defense worse.

The Browns are good, especially on offense. They have a strong (and young) core and are attractive to proven free agents, as evidenced by their recent additions of safety John Johnson III and edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 pick in 2014. Cutting Richardson was strictly about finances as they trim about $11 million from their salary cap, freeing them to spend that money over the next 15 months on contract extensions.

The first rule of first-world problems, which the Browns now have, is that they’re almost always about money.



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