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Notes: Browns restructure Jerry Jeudy’s contract to clear cap space

Jerry Jeudy is already helping the Browns.

The team restructured the receiver’s contract after officially acquiring him in a trade Wednesday from the Broncos, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram on Friday. The accounting move switches most of Jeudy’s 2024 salary to a bonus, creating about $10 million in salary cap space.

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Jeudy will still make $12.987 million in the fifth and final year of his rookie contract. He was the No. 15 pick of the Broncos in 2020.

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As the Browns have done with many players, they added void years to the end of the contract to spread out the salary cap hit.

The Browns were over the cap as the league year approached but restructured the deals of cornerback Denzel Ward and left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr.

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The move with Ward created $11.359 million, and the Wills’ move $10.44 million. Wills was drafted No. 10 by the Browns in 2020, five picks before Jeudy.

The Browns are likely done with major moves in free agency after re-signing defensive end Za’Darius Smith, defensive tackles Shelby Harris and Maurice Hurst II, punter Corey Bojorquez and offensive lineman Michael Dunn and adding linebackers Jordan Hicks and Devin Bush, quarterback Jameis Winston, defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson, running back Nyheim Hines and tackle Hakeem Adeniji.

They still have options to create more room, either to add talent or to roll over salary cap space to 2025 — quarterback Deshaun Watson ($64 million cap hit, according to spotrac.com), receiver Amari Cooper (nearly $24 million) and running back Nick Chubb ($15.8 million).

DONE DEALS

The Browns announced four player additions that had been previously reported.

Linebacker Devin Bush and tight end Giovanni Ricci were signed as free agents, and punter Corey Bojorquez and Hurst were re-signed.

Bush (5-foot-11, 235 pounds) is entering his sixth season out of the University of Michigan. He was the No. 10 pick of the Steelers in 2019 and played last year with the Seahawks. He’s played 65 games with 51 starts, recording 322 career tackles, four sacks, two interceptions, 13 passes defensed, five fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

Ricci (6-3, 240) is entering his fourth season. He was undrafted out of Western Michigan and has appeared in 36 games with four starts. He has nine catches for 102 yards and has made 18 special teams tackles.

Bojorquez joined the Browns in 2022 and set the franchise season record each of the last two years, 48.5 yards in 2022 and 49.4 last year.

Hurst signed with the Browns as an unrestricted free agent in 2023 and is entering his sixth season. He appeared in 13 games last season before sustaining a torn pectoral and had 22 tackles, 1.5 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.

“STARVING,” he posted on X, formerly Twitter. “WE. ARE. BACK”

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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