Player News - Browns

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns are expected to make CB Jamar Taylor available for trade if they draft a corner early.

DC Gregg Williams blamed a lack of talent at corner for his inability to construct a competent pass defense last season, and new GM John Dorsey responded by bringing in three corners during free agency and trading for Damarious Randall, who is expected to play safety in Cleveland but can also help out at corner. Those additions put the future of Taylor and SCB Briean Boddy-Calhoun in question, and those questions will get louder if Cleveland adds another corner in the draft. Both Taylor and Boddy-Calhoun are quality players who should be easy to move if the Browns put them on the block.
Apr 24 - 10:42 AM

Browns re-signed DT Jamie Meder.

He had been a restricted free agent. The 27-year-old earned high marks from ProFootballFocus as a run-stopper despite seeing only 178 snaps last season. He sat out the Browns' final six games with a high-ankle sprain.
Apr 19 - 1:35 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson confirmed that Tyrod Taylor will serve as the Browns' starting quarterback in 2018.

Whichever quarterback the Browns select at No. 1—Jackson said there's no clear consensus yet—will begin as Taylor's backup. It looks like Jackson has learned his lesson after throwing an ill-prepared DeShone Kizer into the fire last season. Josh Allen, who is probably the biggest project of the four top quarterbacks in this year's draft, would be well-served taking a red-shirt year in 2018.
Apr 17 - 2:53 PM

Browns CB Howard Wilson (knee) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Wilson missed his entire rookie year after going down at minicamp. The Browns should move him slowly given his history of knee issues. Wilson will compete for a roster spot behind E.J. Gaines, Jamar Taylor, and T.J. Carrie.
Apr 14 - 7:20 PM

Browns signed Jarvis Landry to a five-year, $75.5 million extension through 2023.

ESPN's Josina Anderson was the first to report the impending deal. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the contract includes $47 million guaranteed, and Landry is now the fifth-highest paid receiver in the league based on average salary. It is a shocking price to pay for a volume-based player who never elevated Miami's passing attack past mediocre, but Landry at worst can be a reliable safety blanket for whichever quarterback Cleveland selects with the No. 1 overall pick.
Apr 12 - 11:10 AM

Browns agreed to terms with WR Jeff Janis, formerly of the Packers.

New Browns GM John Dorsey obviously has intel on Janis with both being former Packers. Janis was a 2014 seventh-rounder with off-the-charts measurables, but he never got much of a fair shake in Green Bay. He had a monster 2015 Divisional Round playoff game against Arizona, catching seven balls for 145 yards and two touchdowns, but Janis did most of his "damage" in the preseasons. He has six career preseason touchdowns to go with 17 catches for 308 yards. Janis looks to be no more than the No. 4 receiver in Cleveland but has proven to be an excellent special teams gunner chasing down kickoffs and punts.
Mar 30 - 12:34 PM

Browns re-signed LB Tank Carder.

Carder missed all of 2017 with a torn right ACL. Although he's made just two career starts, Carder had been penciled in as the Browns' middle linebacker last summer. He will fight for a reserve/special teams role this season.
Mar 26 - 2:48 PM

Browns signed QB Drew Stanton, formerly of the Cardinals, to a two-year contract.

Stanton's agent first reported the deal by congratulating his client on social media. Stanton joins a crowded quarterback committee that now consists of the recently acquired Tyrod Taylor, Cody Kessler, and Kevin Hogan. It's likely Kessler or Hogan don't make it out of camp with Cleveland considering the Browns are fully expected to add another quarterback to their roster via the No. 1 or No. 4 pick in April's draft.
Mar 25 - 7:18 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson doesn't view Tyrod Taylor as a "bridge quarterback."

"This is the starting quarterback on our team," said Jackson. "There are no 'bridge' players. This guy walks in having more wins than a lot of people in this building. Hopefully, that will rub off on the rest." This is coachspeak, but Taylor looks entrenched as the Week 1 starter. With Cleveland expected to draft a quarterback first overall, Taylor is going to have a short leash.
Mar 24 - 7:05 PM

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

The Browns hosted free agent QB Drew Stanton on Thursday.

Stanton, 34 in May, would add a veteran presence to a Cleveland quarterback room that lacked it last season after Hue Jackson encouraged Josh McCown to go into retirement and become a coach, leading to his release. The Browns' current quarterback depth chart reads Tyrod Taylor > Cody Kessler > Kevin Hogan.
Mar 22 - 5:45 PM

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

2016 third-rounder Shon Coleman will get the first crack at the Browns' left tackle job.

The rest of the line is set with LG Joel Bitonio, C J.C. Tretter, RG Kevin Zeitler, and new RT Chris Hubbard, but the Browns are trying to replace retired LT Joe Thomas. Coleman has played right tackle his first two seasons and became a full-time starter last year, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 68 tackle out of 83 qualifiers. The draft isn't believed to be strong at tackle.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 21 - 10:29 AM

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

Browns coach Hue Jackson stated Thursday that Tyrod Taylor will be his starting quarterback for 2018.

"He's going to be the starting quarterback," said Jackson. "There is no competition." DeShone Kizer was the NFL's youngest starting quarterback in league history last year, yet Jackson benched him repeatedly. It sounds like Taylor will have a longer leash, although the pressure to play quarterbacks drafted No. 1 overall is always immense. We expect the Browns to draft a quarterback first.
Mar 15 - 4:46 PM


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