CLEVELAND -- From the perspective of disgruntled Cleveland Browns fans, the 'Perfect Season Parade' was a success. An estimated crowd of between 2,500 and 3,200 showed up to voice their displeasure with the state of the franchise, while raising $14,000 for charity in the process.
The Browns players, however, failed to see it that way. Earlier on Saturday, second-year defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah took to Twitter to denounce Cleveland fans who attended the parade. Later in the day, Ogbah's teammate, defensive tackle Danny Shelton, took his criticism a step further, stating that not only were the "fans" at the parade disrespecting the Browns, but that their actions could ultimately hurt the franchise in free agency.
"There are players on this team who want to play and win for the Browns and The Land," Shelton, who is entering his fourth season with the team, wrote. "Parading around isn't encouraging a change, it's more so encouraging players to avoid the opportunity to play here. 1-31 isn't what we want to be known for but we won't stop fighting to win here."
According to Over The Cap, the Browns are expected to have the second-most cap space in the NFL this coming offseason with approximately $110,849,880. New Cleveland general manager John Dorsey has already stated on multiple occasions that the team would take an aggressive approach in the market when looking to add players to the team.
Whether or not the parade will have a more negative effect on the Browns in free agency than their 1-31 record over the course of the past two seasons remains to be seen. The Browns, for their part, released a statement to WKYC on Saturday regarding the parade, saying:
“We greatly appreciate the passion of all our fans and we apologize to them for not making 2017 an enjoyable season. We certainly hear them and understand their frustration. Obviously, we want the same thing as our fans; winning results. We are committed to doing everything we can to improve and build them the type of team they most certainly deserve.”
To re-live the footage of the 'Perfect Season Parade,' check out WKYC.com.