Player News - Browns

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Browns EVP Sashi Brown wouldn't rule out suspended WR Josh Gordon being welcomed back to the team.

"We’re not in position at wide receiver to turn down a guy like Josh if we feel he’s settled himself," Brown said. It goes against what coach Hue Jackson has preached since Gordon was hit with another suspension last year. At the time, Jackson said, "We need to close that chapter right now." Gordon doesn't turn 26 for another two weeks and was a mega-talent the last time he was on the field full time, producing an 87-1,646-9 line in 2013. The Browns are in the market for playmakers, and Gordon fits the bill. By most accounts, Gordon has his life on track.
Mar 29 - 12:08 PM

Coach Hue Jackson said the Browns need more out of their tight ends in 2017.

"That position needs to upgrade, whether we do that with the guys that are there and continue to get better, or if there's somebody in the draft than can come in and help our football team," Jackson said. Jackson's eyes "lit up" when reporters asked him about Alabama TE O.J. Howard on Tuesday. Viewed as the top tight end in a loaded draft at the position, Howard is in play for the Browns at No. 12 overall if Howard falls that far. Gary Barnidge had a career 2015, but predictably fell back to Earth last year. He failed to top 42 yards in each of the last nine games.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 10:04 AM

Coach Hue Jackson said 2016 first-rounder Corey Coleman is now seen as "the guy" as the Browns' No. 1 receiver following the departure of Terrelle Pryor.

"He's got to go do it now, because he’s now seen as the 'the guy,' so he needs to go play and play well," Jackson said. "We see the potential of what he can be and what he will be and he’s doing the work right now that it takes to get there." Jackson seems confident Coleman will rebound in Year 2 following a down rookie season. Coleman started hot with a monster 5-104-2 against the Ravens in Week 2, but he broke his hand in practice the next week and missed six games. He failed to top 41 yards in any of the final eight contests, and ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi suggests the cold weather affected Coleman mentally. Coleman is a strong buy-low candidate in Dynasty.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 9:52 AM

Former first-rounder Cameron Erving will head into Browns offseason practices as a right tackle.

Erving, the 19th overall pick in 2015, has bounced all over the offensive line early in his career, getting reps at center, guard, and right tackle. He started the first 15 weeks at center last season before manning right tackle in the finale. Erving figures to compete with Shon Coleman on the right side. Last year's starting right tackle Austin Pasztor remains unsigned as a free agent.
Mar 28 - 10:02 PM

Browns re-signed DL Jamie Meder to a one-year, $615,000 contract.

A 2014 UDFA, Meder was an exclusive rights free agent. Meder started 15 games last season, playing 721 snaps. He aligned primarily at nose tackle, but also saw some time at end. Despite the versatility and 2016 starting job, Meder isn't a core piece for the rebuilding Browns. He turns 26 next month.
Mar 28 - 2:28 PM

Browns signed OT Matt McCants, formerly of the Bears.

A 2012 sixth-rounder by the Giants, McCants has appeared in 30 career games, making three starts as a rookie. He spent time with the Raiders, Browns, and Bears last season and will compete for a reserve job this summer.
Mar 27 - 11:04 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson claims he is preparing as if Brock Osweiler will be on the team this season.

"Obviously, he's a player on our team and we're going to treat him just like we do all of our other quarterbacks until he's not," said Jackson. It's classic coach-speak and really doesn't mean much of anything. Assuming the Patriots hold on to Jimmy Garoppolo, the Browns should select a quarterback early in the draft, possibly as soon as 12th overall. The Browns have shopped Osweiler, but releasing him is the more likely outcome. He's not long for Cleveland.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 26 - 1:11 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports "it’s doubtful" the Browns give suspended WR Josh Gordon another chance.

It falls in line with coach Hue Jackson's stance on Gordon. The Browns are expected to shop Gordon if he gets reinstated, but could ultimately release him. Gordon’s status should be known before OTAs.
Mar 25 - 8:54 PM

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


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