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  Browns | DeShone Kizer to work with throwing coach    Sat May 27, 03:02 PM

Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer plans to work with throwing coach Tom House leading up to training camp.

Footballguys view: Kizer needs the work and may be a long way from starting for the Browns. They drafted him with the idea that he could potentially be a franchise quarterback. Kizer is big, athletic and has a strong arm...but he needs work as a passer. Too often his mechanics suffer under pressure, and Kizer has a tendency to give away where he's going with the ball with his eyes. The physical tools are certainly there with the Notre Dame prospect, but he needs more savvy and refinement to his game before he can be a quality starter at the NFL level.

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  Browns | DeShone Kizer being groomed to start?    Fri May 26, 09:27 PM

Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer said he has been glued to head coach Hue Jackson, and Jackson said he has to find out more about Kizer than any of the other quarterbacks on the roster. 'He's not going to get too far away from me, I know that,' Jackson said. 'He's done a good job. He just has to keep getting better. He's improved from day to day.'

Footballguys view: Kizer is big, strong and athletic...but man is he raw as a passer. Too often Kizer will lock onto his initial read and try to press throws in that have no business being thrown. He doesn't read his progressions as quickly as he can, and Kizer seems hesitant at times when he passes. The potential is there...but Kizer needs a year or two of grooming before he'll truly be ready to be a starter.

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  Browns | Cody Kessler has stronger arm    Fri May 26, 09:20 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler increased his arm strength this offseason and said the added strength will allow him to be more aggressive. 'Being able to push the ball down the field and having that confidence and knowing that you can get it there and put a little more on it is something that definitely helps you,' Kessler said.

Footballguys view: Kessler's lack of arm strength was a real negative coming out of USC last year. He's efficient and accurate on underneath routes, but he needs to show that he can hit the long stuff too. Having a stronger arm and improved velocity could help set him apart in the Browns QB competition.

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  Browns | DeShone Kizer works with third-team    Thu May 25, 11:01 PM

Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer worked mainly with the third-team offense during OTAs Wednesday, May 24, but he did rotate in with the starters.

Footballguys view: Kizer may be groomed as the quarterback of the future...but he's got a lot of work to do before the team can trust him as the starter. The rookie from Notre Dame is big, strong and physical as a runner. Kizer has a big arm, but there's little control to his passes on the run and he needs to make better decisions as a passer.

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  Browns | Brock Osweiler eyeing starting gig    Thu May 25, 10:52 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Brock Osweiler worked mainly with the second-team offense Wednesday, May 24, but he said his expectation is to start.

Footballguys view: What else is he supposed to say? Osweiler may not make the 53-man roster if the team wants to go with just Cody Kessler and rookie DeShone Kizer.

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  Browns | Cleveland adds Ryan Grigson to front office    Wed May 24, 10:10 PM

Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was hired by the Cleveland Browns as a senior personnel executive Wednesday, May 24.

Footballguys view: Grigson failed during his five years as GM of the Colts, but he goes to Cleveland to reunite with VP of Player Personnel Andrew Berry. He was Berry's boss in Indy, but now things will be the other way around. Grigson has plenty of experience in the scouting community and that should come in handy for the Browns.

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  Browns | Kenny Britt misses practice    Wed May 24, 06:14 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Kenny Britt (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 24, but head coach Hue Jackson said he expects Britt will be back on the field next week.

Footballguys view: Britt is going to be the top WR for the Browns in 2017 after signing a four-year, $32.5 million contract earlier this year. Coming off the first 1,000 yard season of is career, Britt will have to overcome bad QB play (again) in order to match or best that production.

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  Browns | Corey Coleman shaken up    Wed May 24, 03:09 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (undisclosed) suffered an undisclosed injury during organized team activities Wednesday, May 24, after he landed on the football hard during drills.

Footballguys view: It sounds like Coleman had the wind knocked out of him. Head coach Hue Jackson said Coleman will be fine.

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  Browns | Myles Garrett sitting out workouts    Wed May 24, 02:33 PM

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett (undisclosed) is not participating in organized team activities this week because of a minor undisclosed injury but expects to be a full participant next week.

Footballguys view: Garrett was the top pick in the 2017 NFL draft, and he reminds many in the scouting community of Julius Peppers. He can make an immediate impact for the Browns in 2017.

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  Browns | Ed Reynolds to work with starters    Mon May 22, 07:35 PM

Cleveland Browns S Ed Reynolds will work with the first-team defense at free safety when organized team activities start, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

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  Browns | Cleveland has considered Victor Cruz    Mon May 22, 07:15 PM

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said the team has discussed the possibility of adding free-agent WR Victor Cruz (Giants) but indicated they are not looking to sign Cruz at this time.

Footballguys view: Cruz is getting some interest...just a bit...around the league. We imagine he'll find a new team sometime around training camp.

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  Browns | Christian Kirksey moving to OLB    Mon May 22, 07:14 PM

Cleveland Browns LB Christian Kirksey said he expects to play weakside linebacker in the team's 4-3 defensive alignment.

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  Browns | Cleveland claims Chris Barker    Fri May 19, 04:13 PM

New England Patriots OG Chris Barker was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns Friday, May 19. The Browns also waived DT Gabe Wright.

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  Browns | Caleb Brantley inks deal with Cleveland    Fri May 19, 04:07 PM

Cleveland Browns sixth-round pick DT Caleb Brantley signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, May 19. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: Brantley has the strength to be a force in the middle of the defensive line. He can work outside at end and help contain the run, but he also can move inside to tackle and stack up double teams if need be. The rookie from Florida will work as a rotational player behind Danny Shelton in 2017.

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  Browns | Myles Garrett financials    Fri May 19, 01:54 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett's four-year rookie contract is worth $30.4 million and is fully guaranteed. The deal also reportedly includes a $20.25 million signing bonus.

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  Browns | Cleveland wraps up Myles Garrett deal    Fri May 19, 12:20 PM

Cleveland Browns first-round pick DE Myles Garrett signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, May 19. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: The number one overall pick from Texas A&M reminds many in the scouting community of Julius Peppers because of his size/strength combination. Under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Garrett should be able to wreak havoc off the edge as a rookie.

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  Browns | Larry Ogunjobi signs contract    Thu May 18, 02:16 PM

Cleveland Browns DL Larry Ogunjobi signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Browns| Howard Wilson won't need surgery    Thu May 18, 01:58 PM

Cleveland Browns CB Howard Wilson (knee) will not need surgery on his fractured kneecap as originally thought. His recovery period is expected to be three to four months and he could return to the field by midseason.

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  Browns | Jason McCourty open to playing safety    Wed May 17, 07:40 PM

Cleveland Browns CB Jason McCourty said he will initially play at cornerback but is open to moving to free safety and that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has talked to him about the possibility.

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  Browns | Charges against Caleb Brantley dropped    Wed May 17, 02:41 PM

Cleveland Browns DT Caleb Brantley's battery charge in Florida has been dismissed because of insufficient evidence, according to the Florida State Attorney's Office.

Footballguys view: Brantley could've been a second- or third-round pick but on April 13th, he was involved in a physical altercation with a woman that resulted in the woman being knocked unconscious. On the field, Brantley has a stout frame and can create interior pressure on the passer. He was a rotational player in college (never played in half of Florida's defensive snaps) for the Gators, and that role should continue in the pros.

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  Browns | Cleveland inks Zane Gonzalez    Wed May 17, 01:07 PM

Cleveland Browns seventh-round pick PK Zane Gonzalez signed his four-year rookie deal Wednesday, May 17. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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   Browns | Jason McCourty joining Browns    Tue May 16, 05:31 PM

Free-agent CB Jason McCourty (Titans) will sign a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns.

Footballguys view: McCourty was bothered by groin injuries in 2015 that limited him to four games. Last year he played in 14 games, but he didn't quite look like his old self. McCourty should compete for a role with veterans Joe Haden and Jamar Taylor in the secondary.

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  Browns | Jason McCourty taking physical for Browns    Tue May 16, 09:17 AM

Free-agent CB Jason McCourty (Titans) is taking a physical for the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, May 16, after having dinner with them the previous night.

Footballguys view: Taking a physical suggests the two sides are close to a deal. McCourty was bothered by groin injuries in 2015 that limited him to four games. Last year he played in 14 games, but he didn't quite look like his old self. If added, McCourty would compete for a role behind Joe Haden and Jamar Taylor.

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  Browns | Myles Garrett worked with Bruce Smith    Sat May 13, 09:20 PM

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett watched film with retired DE Bruce Smith, and Garrett said Smith told him that he needed to be faster off the ball. 'Most people wouldn't say that, but he's one of the greatest if not the greatest pass-rusher,' Garrett said. 'If he thinks so and I want to be at his level one day, I got to take his advice and run with it.'

Footballguys view: Garrett has the potential to be an immediate impact player for the Browns. He's strong on the edge, has a super quick spin move to the inside and Garrett has good closing burst to the quarterback. In addition to being a fine pass rusher, Garrett is capable of setting the edge against the run. Working with the former Bills great...and all-time sack leader...will only help Garrett play up to that amazing potential.

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  Browns | Isaiah Crowell may skip voluntary OTAs    Sat May 13, 06:07 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell recently signed his restricted free-agent contract tender, but he was absent from the team's voluntary offseason program prior to the signing and may not return until mandatory minicamp in June.

Footballguys view: This is not really a big deal as the offense will remain the same as Hue Jackson continues as head coach in 2017. Crowell didn't get the extension he wanted, but when it comes to mandatory attendance later this year we'd expect him to show up.

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  Browns | Howard Wilson will undergo surgery    Sat May 13, 05:47 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns CB Howard Wilson (knee) will undergo surgery to repair his fractured kneecap. The team said there will be no timetable for Wilson's return until after the surgery occurs.

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  Browns | DeShone Kizer to see plenty of work    Sat May 13, 05:20 PM

Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer will receive a lot of snaps during offseason workouts because he needs the work, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

Footballguys view: Kizer is far from a finished product. Think of a super raw Daunte Culpepper when considering Kizer's current skill set as an NFL passer. The Browns could develop him into a starting quarterback...perhaps even franchise quarterback level...but it's going to take time.

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  Browns | Cody Kessler to get first snaps    Sat May 13, 05:16 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler will receive the first snaps during drills this offseason because he has earned the right, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Kessler should be considered the favorite to start for the Browns...at least at the beginning of the regular season. He'll compete with Brock Osweiler, while the Browns keep Osweiler that is. DeShone Kizer was drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft, and he could be the team's future at the position. The speed of his development will likely determine how long Kessler has as 'the man' under center.

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  Browns | Howard Wilson suffers serious injury    Sat May 13, 05:15 PM

Cleveland Browns CB Howard Wilson (knee) fractured his patella during practice Friday, May 12, and will miss a significant amount of time, according to head coach Hue Jackson. Jackson said Wilson may need surgery to repair the injury but hopes it is not a season-ending injury.

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  Browns | Jabrill Peppers will be on the field    Sat May 13, 02:03 PM

Cleveland Browns SS Jabrill Peppers has signed his injury waiver and will participate in practice Saturday, May 13.

Footballguys view: Peppers can line up all over the field on defense....and offense too if the team wants to use him that way. The most versatile player in the 2017 NFL draft, Peppers is rangy and aggressive playing in the secondary. He's also got the ability to play some running back or wide receiver as a gadget player due to his incredible athleticism.

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  Browns | Jabrill Peppers does not practice    Fri May 12, 05:14 PM

Cleveland Browns SS Jabrill Peppers did not participate in practice Friday, May 12, because he has not signed his contract and his agent advised him not to sign his practice waiver.

Footballguys view: Not an optimal start for a guy who will have a lot of work to do in order to fit into the myriad roles the Browns have in mind for him. We think it gets resolved sooner than later.

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  Browns | Cleveland signs three rookies    Thu May 11, 09:42 PM

The Cleveland Browns signed CB Howard Wilson, OT Roderick Johnson and RB Matt Dayes to their rookie contracts Thursday, May 11.

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  Browns | Cleveland not writing off Josh Gordon?    Thu May 11, 09:28 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon would be welcomed back if he is reinstated and is able to put his life back together, according to team sources.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon's reinstatement denied    Thu May 11, 11:40 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's reinstatement petition was denied Thursday, May 11. He can reapply this fall.

Footballguys view: Gordon applied for reinstatement in March, but the league is not going to let him in just yet if at all. He needs to show that he's serious about getting back to the field if he wants to play in the NFL again. Gordon hasn't been a fantasy factor since 2013...and he's unlikely to ever get back to that level even if he's reinstated at some point.

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  Browns | Isaiah Crowell signs tender    Wed May 10, 07:53 PM

Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell signed his one-year tender offer Wednesday, May 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Reports indicate a few teams were interested in Crowell, but he was tendered at the second-round level...and no team was willing to pay that price if they signed him away from the Browns. He's back with the team to be their lead back in 2017, and Crowell could be in line for the first 1,000 yard season of his career. In 12 team PPR leagues, Crowell is getting drafted at RB19 (4.12) at this time.

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  Browns | Coach happy with Corey Coleman    Sat May 6, 05:04 PM

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he is happy that WR Corey Coleman has taken a leadership role among the wide receiver group this offseason.

Footballguys view: The Browns moved some WRs around this offseason, adding Kenny Britt in free agency and letting Terrelle Pryor (Washington) move on. Coleman has the speed to take the top off the defense, but Lord only knows who is going to be throwing him the ball. Coleman's current ADP reflects the questionable QB situation, and he's going off the board at WR40 (9.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Browns | Cody Kessler top option for now    Sat May 6, 04:52 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler appears to be the leading candidate for the starting quarterback at this point since he is the only quarterback on the roster with any experience in head coach Hue Jackson's offense.

Footballguys view: That would make the most sense at this time. Kessler is expected to compete with QBs Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer for the job. We'd be shocked if Osweiler makes the 53-man roster, and Kizer is seen as a potential franchise QB....with a lot of work to go. Kessler is efficient as a passer, but he's not a player fantasy owners are going to be clamoring for.

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  Browns | Cleveland not expected to add another QB    Sat May 6, 11:47 AM

Cleveland Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown told WKNR 850 AM he does not anticipate the team signing another quarterback. The Browns added second-rounder DeShone Kizer in the draft and already have Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler and Kevin Hogan on the roster.

Footballguys view: They don't need to add another quarterback! They already have one or two too many. The battle in Cleveland may not draw much fantasy interest as nobody is really excited about drafting guys like Cody Kessler or Brock Osweiler. However, we will be monitoring the progress of DeShone Kizer in dynasty leagues. He's got the potential to be the franchise QB the Browns have been searching for ever since they came back into the league in 1999.

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Cody Kessler player page


  Browns | DeShone Kizer eager to learn    Thu May 4, 10:47 PM

Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer is 'very coachable,' according to head coach Hue Jackson, and Kizer said he is confident he can become a more accurate thrower.

Footballguys view: Kizer is far from a finished product, and it's a good sign that he's eager to learn because he's got a lot to work on. He's big, athletic and has a good arm. However, Kizer tends to lock onto his initial targets and does not get rid of the ball as quickly as he needs to in the pros. He'll compete to be the Browns starter this year along with Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler.

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  Browns | Taylor McNamara joins Browns    Thu May 4, 02:14 PM

Undrafted free-agent TE Taylor McNamara (Southern California) was signed by the Cleveland Browns Thursday, May 4.

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  Browns | Cleveland not pressuring DeShone Kizer    Tue May 2, 07:42 PM

Cleveland Browns rookie QB DeShone Kizer will be given time to adjust to the NFL and will not feel pressure to take over the starting job right away, according to executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown. 'He's a young man and he's going to have a long time that he's with us and in this league,' Brown said. 'If things go the way I'm sure he's planning on [them going] and the way we hope it goes, we don't have to rush it.'

Footballguys view: That's the smart move. Kizer has a big arm and the athleticism to keep plays alive with his feet, but he needs a lot of work when it comes to making quick/precise decisions. The rookie has the upside to be a quality starter and does remind some in the scouting community of Daunte Culpepper....a raw version of Culpepper. The Browns should have Cody Kessler as their top QB with Brock Osweiler competing for a backup spot (for now). Kizer needs some time to get up to speed and develop.

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  Browns | Brett Maher waived    Tue May 2, 07:05 PM

Cleveland Browns PK Brett Maher was waived Tuesday, May 2.

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  Browns | More concerns about Caleb Brantley    Sun Apr 30, 08:19 PM

Cleveland Browns DT Caleb Brantley's former college coach told NFL teams to 'stay away' from Brantley even if he went undrafted, according to a source.

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  Browns | Caleb Brantley not a lock for roster    Sat Apr 29, 04:39 PM

Cleveland Browns DT Caleb Brantley is not guaranteed a roster spot because of the battery charge he is facing in Florida. Executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said the team is still investigating the incident and could release Brantley.

Footballguys view: Brantley is a talented player but this domestic incident is still under investigation. He has been alleged with striking a woman in the face and causing her dental damage. We're a bit surprised he was drafted at all.

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  Browns | DeShone Kizer in the mix for starting job    Sat Apr 29, 09:44 AM

Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer will get the opportunity to compete for the team's starting quarterback job with QBs Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan and Brock Osweiler, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

Footballguys view: Kizer has a big arm and he's mobile, but he's raw as a decision maker. When he does go to throw, Kizer is not afraid to challenge a defense deep but he's got a tendency of locking onto his target. Kizer should also work on speeding up his delivery. The Browns don't have a great group of quarterbacks, but they've worked diligently to build a good offensive line and that's going to help any passer taking snaps in 2017.

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  Browns | Cleveland selects Larry Ogunjobi    Fri Apr 28, 09:43 PM

The Cleveland Browns selected DT Larry Ogunjobi with the 65th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.

Footballguys view: Ogunjobi will be an impact player on the pass game, but can be inconsistent. You don't get his best every game, so until he can find that consistency, his ceiling is a little limited. The Browns are doing work this draft and Ogunjobi's upside is a risk worth taking.


  Browns | Cleveland selects DeShone Kizer    Fri Apr 28, 08:47 PM

The Cleveland Browns selected Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.

Footballguys view: The Browns finally get their quarterback and this is the pick they didn't trade to get. If possible, sitting him a year is the way to go given some of his decision-making and the meltdowns he's had late in games with it all on the line. That said, we think his leadership has been hammered a bit hard in the pre-draft process and think he has what it takes to succeed.


  Browns | Gary Barnidge cut    Fri Apr 28, 03:23 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge was released Friday, April 28.

Footballguys view: Not an elite tight end, we still think Barnidge will get plenty of interest and could be very productive in the right situation.

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  Browns | Cleveland turning focus to AJ McCarron?    Fri Apr 28, 02:54 PM

The Cleveland Browns have 'touched base' with the Cincinnati Bengals in regards to trading for QB AJ McCarron, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, who acknowledged talks do not 'sound like they've gotten too far'.

Footballguys view: Sounds like maybe the Browns aren't super confident in Brock Osweiler after all. They'll keep kicking tires, but we have no idea how good McCarron will be so they can't be interested in giving up much for him.

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  Browns | Gary Barnidge to be released    Fri Apr 28, 02:01 PM

Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge has been informed he will be released, according to a source.

Footballguys view: With David Njoku around, it seems like the Browns don't need Barnidge. He should see some interest and will be a nice productive option for some tight end needy team.

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