Player News - Browns

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Browns LT Joe Thomas (triceps) expects to be cleared by July.

That means he should be ready for training camp if he decides to return for his 12th season, something the tackle says is still up in the air. "Had a lot of time to think and spend some time with the family, but not ready definitively to make a decision one way or the other just yet," Thomas said. "I think there are some days you go back and forth." Thomas added the triceps injury will not play a big role in his decision, but lingering back and knee issues could cause him to call it quits. Despite last year's struggles on offense, the Browns have the makings of a top-shelf offensive line, but the unit would take a massive hit if Thomas decides to hang 'em up.
Jan 18 - 9:41 AM

Browns signed TE Gavin Escobar to a reserve/future contract.

A 2013 second-round pick by the Cowboys, Escobar is one of the many tight ends of the future Jason Witten has vanquished. Escobar spent training camp last year with the Chiefs before landing on the Ravens' roster for two games. He is a long-shot to crack the final 53 in Cleveland.
Jan 15 - 11:01 AM

Browns hired ex-Bengals OC Ken Zampese as QBs coach.

Zampese interviewed for the Browns' OC gig, but he'll instead coach quarterbacks. It's an important job in Cleveland, however, as the Browns are expected to use the No. 1 or 4 overall pick on a signal caller. Coach Hue Jackson needs to develop whoever that pick is, and Zampese is going to play a big part.
Jan 12 - 9:20 AM

Browns signed RB Kelvin Taylor, CB Corey White, LB Max Bullough, DL Ricky Ali’ifua, DL Jeremy Faulk and OL Joseph Cheek to reserve/future contracts.

A 2016 sixth-rounder, Taylor has never appeared in a regular season game. He took the rock 18 times for 58 yards (3.22 YPC) last preseason.
Jan 11 - 4:32 PM

Browns hired ex-Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf as assistant GM.

Wolf, 35, is an up-and-comer in the front office part of the sport and has interviewed for numerous GM jobs in recent years. He had turned most of them down in order to come back to Green Bay in hopes of eventually replacing Ted Thompson and follow in his father's, Hall of Famer Ron Wolf, footsteps as a Packers GM. But once Wolf was passed over in Green Bay in favor of Brian Gutekunst last week, Wolf was looking to leave. The Raiders also expressed interest, but Wolf will go to Cleveland to work as GM John Dorsey's righthand man after Dorsey was in Green Bay from 2000-2012.
Jan 10 - 11:06 AM

The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Michael Gehlken reports the Raiders will interview Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf for a job in Oakland's front office.

35-year-old Wolf was passed over for the Packers' GM job in favor of Brian Gutekunst and appears to be looking at outside jobs. He's currently in Cleveland interviewing to possibly join ex-Packers front office man John Dorsey. In Oakland, another ex-Packers executive, Reggie McKenzie is running the show. Wolf's dad, Ron, worked with McKenzie and Jon Gruden in Green Bay.
Jan 9 - 9:01 PM

Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf will interview for a position in the Browns' front office Tuesday.

He also has an offer from the Raiders. Wolf was passed over for the Packers' general manager job, and it looks like he is ready to move on to pastures new. New Browns GM John Dorsey worked in the Packers' front office for two decades, and he has already stolen away ex-Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith this January. It is likely Wolf follows Highsmith to Cleveland. A respected evaluator who will almost certainly land a general manager job at some point, Wolf would be a great hire for the Browns.
Jan 9 - 9:19 AM

Ex-Bengals OC Ken Zampese is interviewing for the Browns' offensive coordinator vacancy on Monday.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport explicitly reports Zampese is being interviewed for the OC job, though the Cleveland Plain Dealer says that's not necessarily the case. Fired after two disastrous weeks in Cincinnati in September, Zampese wouldn't exactly be a flashy hire as coach Hue Jackson tries to raise his offense out of the abyss. Jackson and Zampese worked together in Cincinnati from 2012-15. The Browns will interview Texans QBs coach Sean Ryan on Wednesday.
Jan 8 - 1:52 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi characterized Corey Coleman's future with the Browns as "uncertain."

Coach Hue Jackson's initial first-round pick in Cleveland, Coleman was selected 15th overall in 2016. He has missed 13 of a possible 32 games to a pair of broken hands. When on the field, Coleman has produced just one 100-yard game, with two of his five career touchdowns coming that afternoon. Coleman is now facing an off-field matter stemming from a 2016 New Year's Eve incident and ended 2017 on a horrible note with an awful dropped pass to seal the Browns' 0-16 season. Coleman is under team control for three more years but could be on the block.
Jan 5 - 10:30 AM

Corey Coleman is being sued by Adam Sapp for damages resulting from an alleged assault on New Year's Eve in 2016.

Coleman was not criminally charged for the incident, but his brother, Jonathan Coleman, and another man, Jared Floyd, did face charges -- Floyd pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault while Coleman's first trial ended with a hung jury. Sapp is seeking at least $25,000 for medical costs as well as punitive damages. The receiver has denied any involvement.
Jan 4 - 10:43 AM

Packers will interview director of football operations Eliot Wolf for their general manager vacancy on Thursday.

Wolf is one of the top in-house candidates to replace Ted Thompson along with VP of football administration Russ Ball, director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst, and senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith. Interviewed for the Colts and 49ers jobs last offseason, Wolf should have options if he is passed over by the Packers.
Jan 4 - 9:30 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Browns coach Hue Jackson is interested in adding ex-Bengals OC Ken Zampese to his staff.

Reporter Mary Kay Cabot believes Jackson is targeting his ex-Bengals staffmate as a position coach. Zampese has also been linked to the Broncos' QBs coach opening.
Jan 2 - 7:42 PM

Browns signed WR Kasen Williams, WR C.J. Board, WR Bug Howard, LB Austin Calitro, DB Trevon Hartfield, CB B.W. Webb, RB Josh Rounds, and OL Victo Salako to reserve/future contracts.

Following an outstanding preseason with the Seahawks, the Browns claimed Williams off waivers in early September. He played in seven games for the Browns, catching nine passes for 84 yards, before landing on the practice squad in November.
Jan 2 - 10:28 AM

Browns WR Rashard Higgins caught 3-of-4 targets for 68 yards and two touchdowns in the team's Week 17 loss to Pittsburgh.

It as a productive finish to an otherwise abysmal year. Higgins somehow lasted as the Browns’ slot receiver for almost the entire season despite managing a 24/244/0 receiving line on 46 targets heading into Week 17. He was the NFL’s least efficient slot man in the NFL’s most bonehead-designed offense. Higgins will be competing for a roster spot in 2018. Ideally, new GM John Dorsey would bring in a superior slot receiver talent to give his next quarterback a higher-percentage interior safety valve.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:30:00 PM

Seth DeValve missed his lone target in the Browns' Week 17 loss to Pittsburgh.

As the Browns couldn’t figure out how to get both David Njoku and DeValve on the field together – instead opting for the negative-Expected Value of Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis snaps – Njoku and DeValve spent the entire season in a near-even timeshare. A high-end SPARQ athlete with underrated playmaking ability, DeValve wrapped his sophomore campaign with a 33/395/1 receiving line. As Njoku is still clearly the future, DeValve figures to play a reduced 2018 role barring a light bulb flipping on in the Browns’ offensive coaching room.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:08:00 PM


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