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Buster Skrine | Defensive Back

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/26/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 185
College: Chattanooga
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"Several league sources" tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer that free agent CB Buster Skrine will be "highly sought after."
Skrine has maintained an open dialogue with the Browns, but is expected to reach free agency. Capable of manning both the slot and perimeter, Skrine is one of the highlights of an unappetizing corner market. Ideally, Skrine would remain in the slot, but he's still only 26 (in April). His game is projectable. Feb 26 - 8:09 PM

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Free agent CB Buster Skrine is believed to be seeking $6.5 million per year.

It would presumably be a tough price for the Browns to pay after they made Joe Haden a $12-plus million-per-year player last offseason. Skrine's asking price may be a bit aggressive, but we don't doubt he'll get paid as a versatile corner who can play man coverage. Skrine doesn't turn 26 until April.
Feb 20 - 12:18 PM

Coach Mike Pettine said at the Combine that the Browns want to re-sign free agent CB Buster Skrine.

Skrine may have different plans as one of the top young corners on a weak cornerback market. The Browns already have well over $11 million per year committed to Joe Haden. Skrine may command $5-plus million annually.
Feb 18 - 4:12 PM

Free agent CB Buster Skrine told Sirius NFL Radio that he intends on testing the open market.

Although Skrine gave up production playing opposite Joe Haden in Cleveland, he's likely to be viewed as an ascending corner in free agency. He's not yet 26 years old and is capable of playing both perimeter and slot corner. There is some young Brent Grimes to Skrine's game. Grimes also gave up a fairly generous amount of production early in his career with the Falcons.
Feb 12 - 4:01 PM

Browns nickel CB Buster Skrine is recovering from thumb surgery, but expected to be ready for Week 1.

Barring a setback, Skrine will man the slot with Joe Haden and rookie Justin Gilbert lining up outside.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 05:37:00 PM

Browns CB Buster Skrine will focus exclusively on slot corner this season.

Justin Gilbert was drafted eighth overall to plug the revolving door opposite Joe Haden. It puts the 5'9/185 Skrine back in a more natural inside role. Skrine was among the worst every-down corners in the league last year, getting exposed as a weekly matchup to attack by savvy fantasy players.
Wed, May 14, 2014 08:07:00 AM

Browns CB Buster Skrine was forced from Cleveland's Week 17 game against the Steelers with a shoulder injury, and will not return.

Skrine was hurt trying to tackle Le'Veon Bell in the first half. He was ruled out at halftime. With Joe Haden inactive, the Browns are now without each of their top two corners.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 02:42:00 PM

Browns CB Buster Skrine left Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Steelers with a rib injury and did not return.

Skrine is a big piece of the Browns defense because most teams try to avoid Joe Haden. If he can't play against the Jags in Week 13, Chris Owens would likely draw the start.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 10:10:00 AM

Buster Skrine has won the Browns' starting right corner job.

Skrine edged out Chris Owens, who will still play a ton as the Browns' No. 3 corner. It's one of the few holes in an underrated defense as Skrine graded out 78th among 113 corners in ProFootballFocus' rankings last season. Joe Haden is expected to shadow No. 1 receivers, starting with Mike Wallace on Sunday.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 09:36:00 AM

Browns CB Buster Skrine has "held down" the starting job opposite Joe Haden so far in camp.

Skrine is leading a three-way battle that includes Chris Owens and Leon McFadden. He's playing outside in base formations and moving into the slot for nickel sets. But according to ESPN Cleveland, Owens is the one standing out. Both corners will be on the field plenty this season. McFadden has "a long way to go."
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 09:26:00 AM

ESPN Cleveland believes Buster Skrine will "at worst" be the Browns' nickel corner.

Skrine is splitting first-team outside corner reps with Chris Owens at OTAs. Eventually, third-round rookie Leon McFadden will get in the mix. This spot opposite Joe Haden is a major hole for an otherwise sound Browns' defense. Skrine graded out negatively over 745 snaps last year.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Browns DC Ray Horton says CB Buster Skrine has been getting some looks at safety.

"[Skrine] is one of those hybrid players that is playing corner, nickel, penny, safety," Horton said. "He’s a dynamic player that can play more than one position. If you can do that in the Cleveland Browns defense it opens up a versatile attack." The Browns have a gaping hole at free safety, and they're trying anyone and everyone at the position to find the best fit.
Thu, May 16, 2013 06:42:00 PM

The new Browns coaching staff does not envision CB Buster Skrine as a starter.

Ray Horton's staff thinks Skrine "may" have a future as a nickel or dime back, but they're still in the market for a starter opposite Joe Haden. Skrine was stretched in six starts last year, struggling mightily in coverage. He's been better as a slot corner. Skrine has just one interception through 32 career games.
Sun, Mar 17, 2013 02:38:00 PM

Browns CB Buster Skrine will move inside and cover the slot with Joe Haden returning from suspension.

Skrine will be issued the task of covering the Bengals' Andrew Hawkins on Sunday, and that matchup favors Hawkins considerably. Hawkins beat Cleveland for 56 yards and a touchdown on two catches in Week 2, but he saw just three targets. Look for Cincinnati to exploit Cleveland with its speedy slot man this week. Skrine is replacing injured Dimitri Patterson.
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 02:24:00 PM

The Browns believe second-year CB Buster Skrine could develop into a starter this season.

Skrine impressed the Browns' coaching staff at the end of last season and will compete to start opposite Joe Haden. Skrine appeared in all 16 games last year. He's still a long shot to unseat incumbent RCB Sheldon Brown.
Sun, May 27, 2012 09:48:00 AM