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Browns waived OT Roderick Johnson.

Cleveland traded up to take Johnson in the fifth round at No. 160 overall in last year's draft. The former Florida State Seminole played zero snaps as a rookie. The two-time Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner should get another shot.
Jun 20 - 9:26 AM

Browns released LB Tank Carder.

The move makes room for Mychal Kendricks on the roster. Originally expected to be the starting middle linebacker, Carder missed all of 2017 with a torn ACL. He should latch on somewhere else if he is healthy.
Jun 5 - 8:41 AM

Updating a previous item, LB Mychal Kendricks denies he signed a deal with the Browns.

On Sunday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Kendricks agreed to join the Browns. "No, it’s not accurate," Kendricks told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I don’t know who the (bleep) said that. That (bleep) is (bleep)." Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz reports Cleveland remains the favorite, but the two sides have yet to reach a deal.
Jun 3 - 7:01 PM

Free agent Mychal Kendricks visited the Browns on Friday.

The former Eagle visited the Raiders and Vikings earlier this week. Linebacker isn't the Browns' biggest need but coach Hue Jackson said the team is not in the business of turning down "good football players." Kendricks is expected to make his decision by the end of the week. His younger brother Eric plays middle linebacker for Minnesota.
Jun 1 - 1:40 PM

Free agent LB Mychal Kendricks has left his Vikings visit without a contract.

Kendricks' brother Eric featured prominently in the Vikings' recruiting efforts, but he's still slipping out without a deal. Kendricks will next visit the Raiders. If he escapes Oakland, it will be to Cleveland. Kendricks hopes to have a decision by the end of the week.
May 29 - 7:39 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz reports free agent LB Mychal Kendricks will visit the Vikings, Raiders and Browns this week.

Schultz also reports Kendricks is expected to choose a new home this week. They're Kendricks' first-known visits since he was cut loose last week. The Browns have by far the most cap space of the three suitors, while the Raiders have by far the least. The Vikings offer the best combination of money and contention. Kendricks' brother Eric also plays in Minnesota.
May 29 - 4:23 PM's Mike Silver reports the Browns offered the Eagles the No. 35 overall pick for Nick Foles before eventually trading for Tyrod Taylor.

Per Silver, the Eagles consulted Foles, who said he wished to remain in Philadelphia. The sides later reached a reworked contract that gave Foles 2018 incentives and the option to leave in 2019. It's nice to see a team do right by a player, but the Eagles should have sold high on their Super Bowl hero. As it is, he's excellent quarterback insurance as Carson Wentz completes his recovery from a torn ACL.
May 22 - 6:51 PM

Cardinals acquired CB Jamar Taylor from the Browns in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2020.

The Browns were shopping Taylor in the lead-up to the draft but found no takers on draft weekend. Cleveland completely overhauled at cornerback this offseason, adding Denzel Ward with the No. 4 overall pick after signing Travis Carrie, E.J. Gaines, and Terrance Mitchell in free agency. Taylor and fellow 2017 starter Jason McCourty, who was dealt to the Patriots, were the odd men out. Taylor was a second-round flop in Miami but rebounded for the Browns the past couple seasons. He figures to take over as the starter opposite Patrick Peterson in Arizona.
May 18 - 12:58 PM

Browns head coach Hue Jackson reaffirmed Friday that Tyrod Taylor will be Cleveland's starting quarterback.

"I am not going to back off of this and we can keep writing this narrative, Tyrod Taylor is the starting quarterback of this football team," Jackson said. "That will not change." Jackson continued that Taylor has demonstrated "what it is like to be a starting quarterback in the NFL" and that that is something Mayfield "doesn’t know" and thus "has a long way to go". It's the second time in the last week that Jackson has confirmed Taylor, who has only one year remaining on his current deal, will be the team's starter in Week 1.
Source: Browns Zone
May 5 - 10:24 AM

Browns head coach Hue Jackson said OC Todd Haley has 'total autonomy' of Browns' offense this season.

Jackson added that he has trust in Haley because Haley "is one of the best in the business." Jackson, who called all plays for the Browns during their 1-31 stretch over the last two seasons, implemented his new approach almost immediately as he was seen working with Cleveland's defensive backs at Friday's rookie minicamp. Tyrod Taylor is slated to start Week 1, but even rookie Baker Mayfield should benefit when given a chance now that Jackson is taking a hands-off approach to Cleveland's offense.
May 5 - 9:49 AM

Browns waived RB Darius Jackson.

Cleveland also waived LB Dominique Alexander with a failed physical designation. A 2016 sixth-round pick, Jackson made some noise in the preseason a couple years ago, but he has yet see any action in the regular season. Jackson landed on injured reserve with a knee injury last year.
May 3 - 11:07 AM

Chiefs acquired TE Randall Telfer from the Browns in exchange for LB Dadi Nicolas.

Former sixth-rounder Telfer played 300 snaps last season and was asked to block on 235 of them. He has just five career catches. Nicolas was a sixth-round pick last year who didn't play a snap as a rookie.
May 2 - 2:44 PM

Browns head coach Hue Jackson confirmed Tyrod Taylor is the team's starting quarterback.

Cabot continues that Jackson said he'll resist the temptation to throw Baker Mayfield in "too soon". Although Jackson has confirmed Taylor's status as Cleveland's Week 1 starter numerous times throughout the offseason, it's likely Taylor will be given a short leash. The former Bills QB has only one year remaining on his current deal and will likely give way to the No. 1 overall pick sooner rather than later this upcoming season.
Apr 28 - 4:35 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer expects the Browns to select Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield at No. 1 overall on Thursday.

Joining the growing chorus expecting Mayfield to be the first player off the board, reporter Mary Kay Cabot says she believes it's "not a smokescreen." Cabot reported Wednesday that the Browns were down to Mayfield and Wyoming's Josh Allen. They've apparently made up their mind, or more likely, finally leaked the name they decided on long ago. We will find out in roughly five hours.
Apr 26 - 2:52 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there is "mounting belief" among league executives and coaches the Browns will select Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reported on Wednesday the Browns were down to Mayfield or Wyoming QB Josh Allen, and it sounds like they are leaning Mayfield. Of course, there is no reason for the Browns to tell the truth, and it seems like GM John Dorsey is keeping everyone else out of the loop. Thankfully, all the rumors end and smokescreens dissipate tonight.
Apr 26 - 8:31 AM

Sam Darnold went No. 1 to the Browns in NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock's 2018 Mock Draft.

Mayock has the highest Mock Draft accuracy score among all "big media" draft analysts over the last five years. Mayock releases just one mock each draft season, and this year's came out Wednesday night. Mayock has the Giants taking Saquon Barkley at No. 2, the Jets taking Baker Mayfield at 3, the Browns taking Bradley Chubb at 4, and the Broncos grabbing Quenton Nelson at No. 5. Mayock then has the Bills trading up to draft Josh Allen at No. 6.
Apr 25 - 11:02 PM

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns "have cooled" on USC QB Sam Darnold "in recent days."

Many in the national media have pegged Darnold as the top choice for the Browns for much of the draft season, but word out of Cleveland is the Browns have "narrowed" it down to Baker Mayfield or Josh Allen at No. 1 overall. Darnold is widely considered the best overall passing prospect in this class, but the Browns front office has many Mayfield supporters, and the perceived upside of Allen is a big draw. If Cleveland passes on Darnold, teams will be scurrying to take him.
Apr 25 - 10:31 AM

Sources tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot that the Browns are believed to be down to Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield or Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 1 overall pick.

Per those sources, the Browns have "cooled" on USC QB Sam Darnold in recent days for whatever reason. This falls in line with what some around the Browns have been saying for about a week now, as radio host and ex-Browns DB Dustin Fox reported last week that Cleveland was down to Mayfield and Allen. NBC's Dan Patrick reported the same on Monday. For what it's worth, GM John Dorsey's righthand man Scot McCloughan has said for a while that Mayfield is his No. 1.
Apr 25 - 10:26 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter was told Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is "definitely" in the running to be the No. 1 overall pick.

The Browns are keeping their cards close to the vest, so it is tough to tell what they will ultimately do with the first pick. They have been strongly linked with USC QB Sam Darnold, Wyoming QB Josh Allen, and now Mayfield, who Browns consultant Scot McCloughan has banged the drum for since last year. Even if Mayfield is not taken No. 1, he is expected to come off the board in the first five picks, with the Jets strong suitors at No. 3.
Apr 24 - 8:38 AM

Free agent DB Will Blackmon has worked out for the Seahawks, Browns, Colts, and Falcons.

Released by Washington at final cuts last September, Blackmon spent the 2017 season out of the league. The 33-year-old was effective in 2016, however. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo expects him to land a job after the draft.
Apr 23 - 11:26 AM

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