Player News - Browns

Date: Team: Pos:

Cody Kessler believes he improved his arm strength this offseason.

Coach Hue Jackson agrees, saying Kessler "is stronger" and his "ball has more zip on it." Arm strength is never going to be a calling card for Kessler, but being able to force the ball into tighter windows and throw a better deep ball certainly will not hurt. Kessler is the favorite in the Browns' quarterback battle.
May 25 - 8:46 AM

Browns hired former Colts GM Ryan Grigson as Senior Personnel Executive.

Grigson was fired in January after a disastrous five years with the Colts. He's reuniting with VP of Player Personnel Andrew Berry, over whom Grigson was the boss in Indy. The Browns had an opening after national scout Lake Dawson left for Buffalo. While his hire will undoubtedly be poorly received, Grigson adds a veteran scouting presence to an unproven front office.
May 24 - 7:01 PM

Brock Osweiler says he expects to be the Browns' starter.

"My expectation is always to start," Osweiler said. "But once again that's not my decision. I want to play and I want to help this team win, but I know there's a lot of work that needs to go into that." Osweiler has been working with the second-team offense at OTAs, but rotated in with the starters. The Browns quarterback competition should carry deep into training camp.
May 24 - 6:11 PM

Isaiah Crowell is present for the start of OTAs.

Playing on a one-year tender, Crowell skipped voluntary workouts, and there were rumblings he would skip OTAs as well. He is back in the fold now and will attempt to prove he is worth an extension. Crowell is owed $2.75 million this year.
May 23 - 1:15 PM

The Browns will move Christian Kirksey to weak-side linebacker in new DC Gregg Williams' 4-3 scheme.

Demario Davis will align at middle linebacker with Jamie Collins manning the strong side. Kirksey was an IDP monster in 2016, tallying 148 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Kirksey was exposed frequently in pass coverage, however, and it remains to be seen whether he will maintain a three-down role under Williams. For what it is worth, Kirksey said the Browns have indicated they are interested in signing him to an extension, suggesting they think he can be a full-time player.
May 22 - 4:52 PM

Browns claimed OL Chris Barker off waivers from the Patriots.

The Browns cleared a roster spot for him by cutting DT Gabe Wright. Barker has appeared in six career games but none since 2015. Given the strength of Cleveland's offensive line, Barker will be hard-pressed to crack the 53-man roster.
May 19 - 4:10 PM

Browns signed sixth-round DT Caleb Brantley to a four-year contract.

Brantley fell to Round 6 after facing allegations of misdemeanor battery, though the case was dismissed. As a rookie, he'll look to carve a role behind NT Danny Shelton. The Browns have agreed to terms with five of their eight draft picks. QB DeShone Kizer, TE David Njoku and S Jabrill Peppers remain unsigned.
May 19 - 3:49 PM

Browns signed No. 1 overall pick DE Myles Garrett to a four-year, $30.4 million contract.

The deal is fully guaranteed and comes with a standard fifth-year team option. It also includes a $20.25 million signing bonus. The surefire top player in this year's draft, the Browns made an easy call by taking Garrett No. 1 despite heavy rumors they were considering Mitchell Trubisky. Garrett is a game-wrecker off the edge, and new DC Gregg Williams has developed defensive linemen really well.
May 19 - 12:18 PM

Browns fourth-round CB Howard Wilson (fractured kneecap) will avoid surgery, and could return "mid-season."

It's a relief for a player who previously tore his ACL at Houston, but 2017 will likely still end up a redshirt campaign. The Browns have too many young players they need to get onto the 53-man roster, and Wilson can spend 2017 stashed on the PUP list.
May 18 - 1:52 PM

Browns signed third-round DL Larry Ogunjobi to a four-year contract.

Ogunjobi was extremely productive at UNC Charlotte, setting school records in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks, and QB hurries en route to first-team All-Conference USA honors as a senior. Ogunjobi tested as the second best defensive lineman (SPARQ) at the Combine, running a sub-5.00 forty at 305 pounds. The Browns are committed to adding production and athleticism with their draft picks.
May 18 - 1:42 PM

The Browns have talked to Jason McCourty about moving to safety.

It's no surprise given the Browns' weak depth chart at safety. McCourty will start out at corner, but he could end up working at multiple spots during the offseason program. Coach Hue Jackson did say he wants McCourty to settle into one position before the start of the season.
May 17 - 7:30 PM

The battery case against Browns sixth-round DT Caleb Brantley has been dismissed.

Brantley was expected to be a Day 2 pick but tumbled to the sixth round when a battery case was brought against him the week before the draft. He allegedly knocked a woman unconscious, but had claimed self defense. Brantley has drawn some comparisons to Patriots DT Malcom Brown as a scheme-versatile lineman who can push and plug.
May 17 - 1:26 PM

Browns signed seventh-round K Zane Gonzalez to a four-year contract.

Gonzalez will compete with incumbent Cody Parkey for the Browns' kicking gig. Diagnosed with OCD, Gonzalez is a legitimate perfectionist. He is the NCAA D-1 leader in career field goals made (96) and points (494).
May 17 - 1:02 PM

Browns agreed to terms with CB Jason McCourty, formerly of the Titans, on a two-year, $6 million contract.

The deal includes $2 million guaranteed. The Browns were McCourty's first visit after he was cut by the Titans last month. Going on 30, McCourty was limited to four games by groin issues in 2015, but bounced back as a mid-range starter in 2016. Cleveland offers excellent opportunity for playing time, as the rebuilding Browns have questionable veteran depth and surprisingly little young secondary talent for as many draft picks as they've had the past two seasons. Drafted by Jeff Fisher in Tennessee, McCourty will be reuniting with DC Gregg Williams, whom he played for in 2013.
May 16 - 5:14 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said Brock Osweiler has "done a good job" this offseason.

"He's been great in the room with the guys," Jackson continued. "We're going to continue to allow him to do that and see what he has to show for us." The end of those comments do not suggest Osweiler has a chance at the starting job, but it makes sense for the Browns to see what he can offer. Cody Kessler appears to be the favorite to open the season as the starter at this point.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 12:20 PM


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