Player News - Browns

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According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, Josh Gordon is expected to hear back from the league about his reinstatement application by late April or early May.

Gordon applied for reinstatement on March 1 and should learn his fate around the same time as the NFL Draft. Substance abuse issues have kept Gordon off the field since 2014. Browns coach Hue Jackson has washed his hands of Gordon, making it unlikely he'll be back with Cleveland even if he's reinstated. Gordon turns 26 in April.
Mar 24 - 1:24 PM

Free agent KR Josh Cribbs has retired.

Cribbs has been out of the league since 2014. He was one of the greatest kick returners of all-time in his prime, ranking third in yards (11,113) and fifth in touchdowns (11). Cribbs spent the final two years of his career with the Jets and Colts, but will officially retire with the Browns.
Mar 22 - 4:17 PM

Browns claimed WR James Wright off waivers from the Bengals.

Wright has 18 career catches, 13 of which came last season. He played for coach Hue Jackson in Cincinnati. He'll compete for one of the rebuilding Browns' final roster spots.
Mar 14 - 4:21 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports "at least three teams have inquired about" Browns restricted free agent RB Isaiah Crowell.

Crowell was tendered at the second-round level, making it unlikely he's tendered an offer sheet elsewhere. Crowell had a wildly uneven, but ultimately productive 2016. The former UDFA just turned 24 in January. He should lead the Browns' backfield in 2017.
Mar 13 - 2:16 PM

Bengals waived WR James Wright.

A seventh-round pick in 2014, Wright looked to be carving out a role before a knee injury derailed his career. He did manage 13 catches in 13 games last season, but getting waived at this point in the offseason is not a great sign for his future.
Mar 13 - 12:43 PM

According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the Texans decided to move on from Brock Osweiler following a halftime altercation with coach Bill O'Brien in Week 17.

Osweiler's tiff with O'Brien had been mentioned in passing, but apparently it was the deciding factor in Houston's decision to find a new quarterback. Tom Savage started against the Titans in Week 17 but was ruled out in the second quarter after suffering a concussion. Osweiler lashed out at O'Brien after he was told that he'd be finishing the game, ripping O'Brien for using him only because he had to. As the conflict escalated, Osweiler accused O'Brien of holding him hostage after O'Brien blocked him from walking away. Eventually the two had to be separated. It's common for stories to leak out like this after a messy divorce, but clearly Osweiler was never right for Houston.
Mar 12 - 12:53 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini called Brock Osweiler a "name I'd watch" in the Jets' quarterback search.

The Browns are holding out hope they can trade Osweiler, but that's not going to happen. When Osweiler is inevitably released, the Jets could theoretically sign him for the $775,000 minimum with Cleveland covering the rest of his $16 million salary. New York's quarterback alternatives include Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick, Matt McGloin and potentially Trevor Siemian should the Broncos make him available. Cincinnati's A.J. McCarron has also been linked to the Jets.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 12 - 8:51 AM

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are looking to trade Brock Osweiler for a third-round pick.

The Browns are willing to throw in a fifth-rounder and are open to paying half of Osweiler's salary. Per Cabot, if the Browns can't find a taker, they'll release Osweiler and eat the $16 million remaining on his contract. The Browns are positioning themselves to make a run at Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Cabot's report all but confirms that Osweiler will never play a down in Cleveland.
Mar 11 - 2:08 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns will give Cody Kessler a "chance to start."

This could be Kessler's agent talking. Three days ago, coach Hue Jackson claimed he had no part in Kessler's selection, though he sang a different tune last year. Kessler is presently the only sensible option on Cleveland's roster, but that figures to change by the draft. The Browns won't be entering Week 1 with Kessler and Brock Osweiler as their "top two" quarterbacks.
Mar 10 - 12:49 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns are "trying to shop" Brock Osweiler.

Emphasis on trying. There's been conjecture on what the Browns plan to do with their newly-acquired piece of bad debt, but it doesn't seem like they will give it a chance to start. Osweiler is likely to either be cut or dealt. The smart money is on released, making Osweiler a true NBA acquire-and-buyout acquisition.
Mar 10 - 12:45 PM

Browns claimed C Marcus Martin off waivers from the 49ers.

Martin was atrocious in San Francisco, but he is a 23-year-old former second-round pick with a near-minimum salary. He's worth bringing to Browns OTAs.
Mar 9 - 5:29 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports teams are already reaching out to the Browns about Brock Osweiler.

This sounds like the Browns leaking a report to drum up interest, but it shows the focus of their trade was not the quarterback. Cleveland essentially spent cap space to acquire a second-round pick, and they might end up not having to pay all of Osweiler's $16 million salary if a trade partner is found. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports they are looking to trade Brock and a late-round pick for a 2018 third-rounder, and are willing to eat some of his salary. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns plan to cut Osweiler if they cannot find any takers, which seems like the most likely outcome. Still, this was a great forward-thinking trade for Cleveland.
Mar 9 - 4:36 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Browns are considering releasing Brock Osweiler.

This report comes just 20 minutes after the Browns acquired Osweiler from Houston in a bombshell trade nobody saw coming. It looks like there's a good chance Osweiler will never play a down for Cleveland as the Browns will simply absorb his $16 million salary and move on. Cleveland has all the cap space in the world so the $16 million hit isn't a big deterrent. Perhaps the Browns will package their first-round pick with the 2018 second-rounder they just received from Houston in a trade for Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
Mar 9 - 4:01 PM

Browns acquired Brock Osweiler, a 2018 second-round pick, and a 2017 sixth-round pick from the Texans in exchange for a 2017 fourth-round pick.

This is a straight salary dump the likes of which we normally only see in the NBA. Essentially, the Texans sent a second-round pick to Cleveland in order to get the Browns to take Osweiler's bloated deal off their hands. With zero cap concerns, the Browns can pay Osweiler the rest of the guaranteed money ($16 million) on his contract, give him a shot to win the starting job, and cut him next offseason with no financial ramifications if (when) it does not work out all while landing a second-round pick. It is a no-brainer move for Cleveland. With Osweiler off the books, the Texans look set to make a real run at Tony Romo.
Mar 9 - 3:41 PM

Browns signed RG Kevin Zeitler, formerly of the Bengals, to a five-year, $60 million contract with $31.5 million guaranteed.

Armed with over $100 million in cap space at the start of free agency, the Browns are putting that money to good use. So far they've added Zeitler and J.C. Tretter to an offensive line already featuring Joel Bitonio (who just signed a five-year extension) and future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas. Whoever the Browns decide to play at quarterback this year will be well-protected. This deal makes Zeitler the highest-paid guard in football.
Mar 9 - 2:48 PM


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