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E.J. Gaines | Defensive Back | #28

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/23/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 185
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 6 (188) / LAR
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Browns signed CB E.J. Gaines, formerly of the Bills, to a one-year, $4 million contract.
He also visited the Jets and Cardinals before coming to his decision. In Cleveland, Gaines will be reunited with DC Gregg Williams, who coached him during his time in Los Angeles. The 26-year-old should fill the vacancy left by Jason McCourty, who was dealt to New England last week. Cleveland has remade its secondary this offseason by adding T.J. Carrie, Terrance Mitchell, Damarious Randall and now Gaines. Mar 23 - 1:44 PM

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Free agent CB E.J. Gaines is scheduled to visit the Jets on Thursday and Browns on Friday.

He already met with the Cardinals. The top young free agent cornerback left on the market, 26-year-old Gaines has primarily played zone coverage to this point. He spent time with Browns DC Gregg Williams in St. Louis and flourished as the Bills' No. 2 corner under Sean McDermott last season.
Mar 22 - 1:07 PM

The Cardinals will host free agent CB E.J. Gaines on Saturday.

Gaines was previously connected to the Texans, but they signed Aaron Colvin and Tyrann Mathieu. In Arizona, Gaines would upgrade on the revolving door of No. 2 cornerbacks the Cards have trotted out across from Patrick Peterson for the past half-decade. Gaines has a lengthy injury history, but he just turned 26 years old and was a difference maker for the Bills' 2017 pass defense.
Mar 17 - 11:54 AM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports free agent CB E.J. Gaines is on the Texans' "radar."

The Texans have already been linked to fellow free agent Malcolm Butler on Monday, and Houston was mentioned as a possibility for Trumaine Johnson by CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora on Sunday. It's clear the Texans want to upgrade their secondary. Gaines just turned 26 but has health questions.
Mar 12 - 6:30 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci doesn't envision the Bills re-signing free agent CB E.J. Gaines after signing CB Vontae Davis on Monday.

Gaines was acquired from the Rams along with a second-round pick in the Sammy Watkins trade ahead of last season. The pick was the real draw for Buffalo, but Gaines has proven to be an effective cover man when on the field. "When on the field" are the key words, however, as Gaines has missed 26 games to injury the past three seasons. He battled knee and shoulder issues last year and missed all of 2015 with a Lisfranc issue. Still just 26, Gaines is one of the more talented corners set to hit the open market and should land a multi-year deal.
Feb 26 - 8:21 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott has declared RCB E.J. Gaines (knee) "ready to go" for Week 17.

Banged up for much of 2017, Gaines missed Week 16. His presence against the Dolphins will be a plus as the Bills try to sneak into the AFC playoffs.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 01:18:00 PM

Bills CB E.J. Gaines (knee) is practicing Thursday.

He also got in a limited session Wednesday. According to Joe Buscaglia, Gaines is "moving around a lot better" this week. He has a shot to return on Sunday.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 12:08:00 PM

Bills CB E.J. Gaines suffered a knee injury in Week 15 against Miami.

He was ruled out in the second half. This could be a potentially serious injury. Shareece Wright replaced Gaines opposite Tre'Davious White.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 03:42:00 PM

Bills CB E.J. Gaines (hamstring) practiced on Thursday.

He also got in a limited session on Wednesday, putting him on track to play this week. Gaines suiting up would be a big boost for the defense with the Saints coming to town.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 12:03:00 PM

Bills CB E.J. Gaines (hamstring) is not practicing Tuesday.

He was also listed as a DNP on Monday. With the Bills playing on Thursday night, Gaines looks like he will miss his second game in a row. It is an upgrade for Josh McCown's matchup.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 12:07:00 PM

Bills CB E.J. Gaines (hamstring) is out for Week 8 against the Raiders.

Gaines has seemingly been hurt most of the year but has been able to play through most nagging issues. It's a big loss for Buffalo's top-end pass defense. Gaines has yet to allow a touchdown, and quarterbacks have a 50.5 passer rating throwing into his coverage. Shareece Wright will see more snaps. It's a massive upgrade to Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Derek Carr.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 10:43:00 AM

Bills CB E.J. Gaines (hamstring) did not practice Thursday.

It is his second missed session in a row, suggesting he will not play Sunday against the Raiders. Shareece Wright should get the start in his place.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 12:01:00 PM

Bills CB E.J. Gaines (hamstring) is considered day to day.

Gaines was ruled out in the second half Sunday. Hamstring injuries can be particularly tricky for corners, who have to constantly stop and start. Gaines has been having a solid first season in Buffalo, but fighting through injuries, notably a shoulder issue.
Mon, Oct 23, 2017 01:17:00 PM

Bills CB E.J. Gaines is done for the day in Week 7 with a hamstring injury.

It's a big loss for Buffalo, as Gaines has played well across from Tre'Davious White when healthy this season. The Bills may have to turn to Shareece Wright.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 03:04:00 PM

Bills CB E.J. Gaines (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 5.

Gaines had been trending toward not playing after Buffalo signed a corner Saturday. It's a huge upgrade to Andy Dalton and the Bengals pass offense. Shareece Wright should pick up most of the snaps opposite Tre'Davious White.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 12:05:00 PM

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