Coates is one of three receivers added to the Browns’ roster after the conclusion of the preseason. The others are waiver additions — Kasen Williams from the Seattle Seahawks and Reggie Davis from the Atlanta Falcons.
Coates, a 2015 third-round draft choice by the Steelers, had an inconsistent two years in Pittsburgh. He played with two broken fingers last season and was stuck with a label of dropping catchable passes. He acknowledged that but wants to show the Steelers they made a mistake by giving up on him.
It’s just a good time to start over, Coates said. You go somewhere new, you see new faces, so it’s always an opportunity and you have to take advantage of it.
Carr’s $25 million per year is a significant amount but represents less than 15 percent of the $167 million salary cap. It will also only count $15.6 million against the Oakland Raiders’ cap in 2017.
Four years ago, Eli Manning’s $20.85 million cap hit was close to 17 percent of the New York Giants’ $123 million salary cap.
The fear in giving a player like Cousins a blockbuster deal is that committing so much money to one player would inhibit Washington’s ability to build an adequate roster elsewhere. But the fast rise of the salary cap has made burdensome contracts a problem of the past.
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Even if the team was on the hook for $26 million per year, that would be 15.6 percent of the salary cap in 2017 and would dip once the cap inevitably rises higher next year.