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These 20 Browns players currently hold the highest salary cap hits in 2024

Quarterback Deshaun Watson has a salary cap hit that nearly triples the next member of the Cleveland Browns in 2024.

It is important to remember these numbers are extremely malleable. Last year, general manager Andrew Berry and the Browns restructured a handful of contracts to clear cap space, and they will do that again this year as well. Starting with their starting quarterback.

Berry has been among the most aggressive general managers in the NFL during his time with the Browns, and this offseason will be no different. But that starts with clearing cap space as the team currently sits $19 million in the red. Who are the biggest candidates beyond Deshaun Watson to see their contracts restructured? Look at the top of their cap hits. The majority of them will likely see their numbers reworked and their base salary converted to bonuses.

Here are Cleveland’s top-20 salary cap hits as they get set for free agency, the 2024 NFL draft, and the new league year.

QB Deshaun Watson: $63.977m

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WR Amari Cooper: $23.776

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CB Denzel Ward: $23.498m

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DE Myles Garrett: $20.169m

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RB Nick Chubb: $15.825m

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OT Jedrick Wills: $14.581m

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OG Joel Bitonio: $12.135m

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OT Jack Conklin: $12.023m

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OG Wyatt Teller: $11.610m

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TE David Njoku: $9.645m

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DT Dalvin Tomlinson: $6.502m

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CB Greg Newsome II: $4.056m

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DE Ogbo Okoronkwo: $4.030m

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C Ethan Pocic: $3.964m

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S Juan Thornhill: $3.784m

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S Grant Delpit: $3.676m

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DE Za'Darius Smith (void): $3.077m

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K Dustin Hopkins: $3.040m

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TE Jordan Akins: $2.015m

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LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah: $2.061m

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Story originally appeared on Browns Wire