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5 Cleveland Browns Who Shouldn’t Be Back In 2014

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5 Cleveland Browns Who Shouldn't Be Back In 2014

5 Cleveland Browns Who Shouldn't Be Back In 2014
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For the first time in a long time, the Cleveland Browns are onto something. Despite their typical 4-12 finish, they showed signs of life this season. At times, the offense almost hummed and the defense finished the year a more-than-respectable eighth against the pass. Sure, there’s still plenty of room for improvement, but for the first time in years, the Browns need slight tweaks this offseason, not big moves.

All those tweaks begin with decisions on who to bring back and who to let go. Cleveland is in a good place when it comes to the cap, but they still need to be smart with how they allocate their money. Just because you get a bonus at work doesn’t mean you should go out and blow it all in one night. The Browns need to make sure that they set themselves up for future success, not just to keep players that they can’t really afford in the long run.

Cleveland also needs to make sure that they are cleaning house with players that are only bringing them down. Whether that’s players who are causing trouble off the field or players who just aren’t living up to their potential on it, they need to be decisive when it comes to making sure their roster is as strong as possible heading into next season.

This is one of those offseasons that will define the team for years to come. The Browns are finally starting to get somewhere, and they need to make sure that they continue to move forward instead of taking a step backwards.

These are the five Cleveland Browns who shouldn’t be back in 2014.

Ben Sullivan is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bensullivan52, "Like" him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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5. Craig Robertson

Craig Robertson
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Craig Robertson lined up as the second inside linebacker in the Browns’ 3-4 defense this year. Solid against the run, Robertson struggled mightily with the coverage assignments that come with the 3-4. The Browns need an upgrade at inside linebacker if they’re going to stick with the 3-4 alignment.

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4. Ahtya Rubin

Ahtya Rubin
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Sixth-year defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin is set to count for $8.18 million against the salary cap for the Browns this year -- a ridiculous number for an interior defensive lineman who produced only 52 tackles and two sacks in 2013. Rubin will be asked to either take a massive pay cut or find himself looking for work somewhere else.

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3. Alex Mack

Alex Mack
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Alex Mack is one of the best interior offensive lineman in the league, but with so much money already allotted to the line, it doesn’t look like the Browns are going to be able to afford to keep him in town. Someone is going to back up the Brinks truck for Mack; the Browns would be wise to let him go and spend the money elsewhere.

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2. Brandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden
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The Browns took a chance on Brandon Weeden two years ago, but now they know what they have. Weeden isn’t terrible, but he isn’t a franchise quarterback either. He should be a backup somewhere, but not in Cleveland. The Browns should move on from the Weeden experiment. After all, it’s not like he’s getting any younger.

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1. Davone Bess

Davone Bess
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Wide receiver Davone Bess has been on a downward spiral since the season ended, and his time with the Browns could be coming to an end. As the league has shown us time and time again, a player can be a total train wreck off the field if they're producing on it -- but not someone who brings in 42 balls for two touchdowns. That guy gets shipped out of town.