Fantasy Football News & Views
Browns | Cleveland to look at Terrelle Pryor? Sun Feb 18, 12:28 PM
Washington Redskins impending free-agent WR Terrelle Pryor likely will receive interest from the Cleveland Browns this offseason, in the opinion of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
|Footballguys view: Pryor's one year with Washington did not go well. He appeared in only nine games, snaring only 20 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown. That's a far cry from the 1,000-yard season he had with the Browns in 2016. Going back to Cleveland makes a lot of sense.|
Terrelle Pryor player page
Browns | Cleveland meeting with Vontae Davis Fri Feb 16, 02:45 PM
Free-agent CB Vontae Davis (Colts) is meeting with the Cleveland Browns Friday, Feb. 16, according to a source. He is expected to meet with more teams next week.Link to story
Vontae Davis player page
Browns | Cleveland likely to pursue AJ McCarron Thu Feb 15, 08:11 PM
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent QB AJ McCarron is expected to receive interest from the Cleveland Browns in free agency, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.Link to story
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Browns | Joe Thomas on track for Week 1 Mon Feb 12, 12:37 PM
Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas (triceps) is on track to be ready for the start of the 2018 season if he decides to continue his playing career.Link to story
Browns | Two could compete for LT if Joe Thomas retires Sat Feb 10, 01:27 PM
Cleveland Browns OTs Shon Coleman and Spencer Drango could compete for the starting left tackle next season if OT Joe Thomas decides to retire, in the opinion of ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi.Link to story
Browns | Cleveland wants to meet with Baker Mayfield Fri Feb 9, 04:01 PM
The Cleveland Browns have requested a private visit with Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: The Browns could end up selecting Mayfield with the no1 or no4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. He was impressive at the Senior Bowl earlier this year and is the favorite QB of Browns draft consultant (and former Washington GM) Scot McCloughan.|
Browns | Duke Johnson captured team record in '17 Fri Feb 9, 12:57 AM
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson finished with 74 catches for 693 yards, setting a new franchise record for receptions in one season by a running back. In addition, he logged 82 carries for 348 yards (4.2 per rush) on the ground. Overall, he had seven total touchdowns -- four rushing and three receiving.
|Footballguys view: Johnson makes fantasy owners happy in PPR leagues where he has RB2 or flex appeal on a weekly basis. The backfield is going to look different in Cleveland next year with Isaiah Crowell set to hit the open market. No matter who the Browns put in place to be their primary ball-carrier, Johnson is rock solid as a receiving weapon out of the backfield. His role should continue at the same pace in 2018.|
Browns | Sam Shade joins coaching staff Wed Feb 7, 06:29 PM
The Cleveland Browns have named former NFL S Sam Shade as their new assistant special teams coach.Link to story
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Browns | Cleveland high on Baker Mayfield? Mon Feb 5, 07:42 PM
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is high on Cleveland Browns consultant Scot McCloughan's draft board. McCloughan has already endorsed Mayfield as his top quarterback in this year's draft class, describing the polarizing signal-caller as a 'shorter Brett Favre.'
|Footballguys view: The Browns have the no1 and no4 pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. They will secure two of the best players in this draft if they keep those picks. While Mayfield may be seen as a mid- or late-first round pick, the Browns may want to scoop him up in the top five. With teams like the Broncos (no5) and the Jets (no6) behind them, the Browns may want to just secure Mayfield's services and start grooming him as the quarterback of the future.|
Browns | Cleveland won't pursue Kirk Cousins? Sun Feb 4, 09:40 PM
The Cleveland Browns are not likely to be serious contenders to sign Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cabot believes the Browns are more likely to select a quarterback with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and pursue a lower-tier quarterback in free agency.Link to story
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Browns | Scot McCloughan hired Sun Feb 4, 10:37 AM
The Cleveland Browns have hired former Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan as a personnel consultant, according to multiple sources.
|Footballguys view: McCloughan matches GM John Dorsey in his "football guy" mentality and has clear ideas about the 2018 draft class. Washington did seem to be going in the right direction from a personnel standpoint when McCloughan was playing a big role, although he has recently expressed some hesitation to put Kirk Cousins on a pedestal and might slow down momentum to make a big move for him.|
Browns| Cleveland signs three players Wed Jan 31, 01:12 PM
Free-agents TE Devon Cajuste (Packers), CB Denzel Rice (Texans) and OL Christian Schneider (Packers) were signed by the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, Jan. 31.
|Footballguys view: Cajuste is a TE/WR tweener who can make outstanding plays on the ball in flight. He could stick this summer.|
Devon Cajuste player page
Browns | Cleveland made push for Alex Smith Tue Jan 30, 11:31 PM
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith, who was - in principle - traded to the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, Jan. 30, was reportedly also a target of the Cleveland Browns, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Browns are going to be mentioned in connection with every top draft quarterback and every quarterback that could start on the free agent or trade market. They are still one of the least desirable destinations despite the copious amounts of money and playing time available for the team.|
Alex Smith player page
Browns | Cleveland works out Leodis McKelvin Tue Jan 30, 06:38 PM
Free-agent CB Leodis McKelvin (Eagles) worked out for the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, Jan. 30, according to a source.Link to story
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Browns | Joe Thomas wants Kirk Cousins Sun Jan 28, 10:36 PM
Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas said he wants the front office to use cap space to sign Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins.
|Footballguys view: New offensive coordinator Todd Haley would be a good fit with Cousins (or potentially available Alex Smith), and they should make a strong bid for Cousins. The problem is whether Cousins would want to play for Cleveland are dealing with the Washington organization.|
Kirk Cousins player page
Browns | Baker Mayfield an option at No. 1? Fri Jan 26, 09:55 PM
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is a 'strong candidate for the top pick' after his performance at the Senior Bowl, according to a source, and the source said Mayfield 'fits with the mentality' of Cleveland Browns general John Dorsey.Link to story
Browns | Todd Haley will call plays Fri Jan 26, 02:32 PM
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley will be calling the plays next season, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
|Footballguys view: Haley's playcalling in Pittsburgh was mostly lauded and thought of as successful. Jackson's offenses have been uneven at best, and barely functional at worst, so this can't be a bad thing for the Browns skill players' fantasy outlook next season.|
Browns | Todd Haley among three Browns hires Wed Jan 24, 10:38 AM
Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was named offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, Jan. 24. The Browns also hired special teams coordinator Amos Jones and running backs/associate head coach Freddie Kitchens.
|Footballguys view: Haley ended his time in Pittsburgh in a disappointing way with bizarre playcalling in the Divisional Round against the Jaguars. He had a frosty relationship with Ben Roethlisberger, but working with the Browns quarterback (whoever that is) will be different. While Roethlisberger is the seasoned veteran, the Browns are likely to have a young (rookie?) quarterback under the guidance of Haley in 2018.|
Browns | Josh Allen welcoming of Cleveland Tue Jan 23, 09:27 AM
Wyoming QB Josh Allen said he wants to be the guy that turns around the Cleveland Browns. 'To think about that and to put yourself in that situation and in those shoes, you gotta love that as a quarterback and you gotta love that as a football player and competitor,' Allen said. 'This is something that can really be set in stone forever, if you're the guy that can help turn this Cleveland Browns team around. I know they've got the youngest team in the NFL, they've got the most cap space, the most high draft picks, brand new GM who has done a lot of good things in his past.'
|Footballguys view: Allen is saying all the right things at the Senior Bowl. He sounds like a franchise quarterback, and he's certainly built like a franchise quarterback. If the Browns were able to trade for Alex Smith (Chiefs), then drafting Allen would make sense as he'd get time for much-needed development.|
Browns | Cleveland talking with Todd Haley Sun Jan 21, 12:43 PM
The Cleveland Browns are talking with former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley about their offensive coordinator position, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Haley has had success piloting both run and pass first offenses and would be a good choice to maximize the pieces the Browns have amassed, with the addition of a hand-picked quarterback this year. The wild card would be how his personality would fit with Hue Jackson, because Jackson is also an offensive coach.|
Browns | Sean Ryan unlikely to call plays if OC Sat Jan 20, 06:36 PM
Houston Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan interviewed for the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator position but probably would not be allowed to call plays if he is hired because of his lack of experience. Ryan has indicated that he wants to call plays if he is the offensive coordinator.
|Footballguys view: If Ryan was hired, then head coach Hue Jackson would call plays. If Ryan wants to call plays and Cleveland doesn't want him to do that, it doesn't sound like a great fit for either side. The Browns hired former Bengals OC Ken Zampese to coach the quarterbacks in 2018.|
Browns | Joe Thomas will decide on future by free agency Sat Jan 20, 04:55 PM
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas indicated that he will inform the Browns on his playing future before the start of free agency.
|Footballguys view: Thomas underwent surgery in October (triceps) and he's been considering retirement. Reports indicate Thomas would be healthy in time for training camp if he wants to return for his 12th season.|
Browns | Nick Moody works out Sat Jan 20, 04:34 PM
Free-agent LB Nick Moody (Redskins) worked out for the Cleveland Browns this week.Link to story
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Browns | Cleveland talks with Tommy Robinson Fri Jan 19, 06:22 PM
Louisiana State running backs coach Tommy Robinson interviewed for the Cleveland Browns running backs coaching position Friday, Jan. 19, according to a source.Link to story
Browns | Cleveland expected to hire Amos Jones Thu Jan 18, 06:53 PM
The Cleveland Browns are expected to hire Arizona Cardinals special teams coordinator Amos Jones as their new special teams coordinator, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Nowhere to go but up! While special teams was the least of their issues, field position is important so the change can only help.|
Browns | Joe Thomas' triceps on the mend Thu Jan 18, 10:06 AM
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas (triceps, knee, back) is on track to be cleared for football activities in June or July following triceps surgery. Thomas said knee and back injuries are of greater concern, though.
|Footballguys view: We wonder how much Thomas has left in the tank. It would be a shame to see an All-Time great player never play in the Super Bowl or even on a good team. But we respect Thomas for staying in Cleveland when a lot of other players got out.|
Browns | Joe Thomas' future remains unclear Thu Jan 18, 01:23 AM
Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas (triceps) said that he was not ready 'to make a decision one way or the other just yet' in regards to continuing his playing career or retiring. Thomas made the remarks Wednesday, Jan. 17, while attending the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards.Link to story
Browns | Ben McAdoo interviewing for Browns OC Tue Jan 16, 10:40 AM
Former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo is interviewing with the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, Jan. 16, for their offensive coordinator position.
|Footballguys view: Mike Mularkey, former Titans head coach, is also in the mix for this job. McAdoo is not an inspiring hire after his offenses with the Giants were massive disappointments...especially with the talent therein. The Browns don't have anywhere near that level of talent on offense, giving McAdoo (or whoever takes that job) less to work with.|
Browns | Mike Mularkey expected to be OC candidate Mon Jan 15, 12:49 PM
The Cleveland Browns are interested in former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey as a possible offensive coordinator candidate, according to a source.Link to story
Browns | Curtis Luper interviewing with Browns Mon Jan 15, 11:47 AM
Texas Christian University co-offensive coordinator Curtis Luper is interviewing for the Cleveland Browns running backs coach position Monday, Jan. 15.
|Footballguys view: Luper has been a coach in the college ranks for some time. As a player, Luper played running back at Oklahoma State behind Hall of Famers Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders.|
Browns | Gavin Escobar to Browns Mon Jan 15, 10:23 AM
Free-agent TE Gavin Escobar (Ravens) signed a Reserve/Futures deal with the Cleveland Browns Monday, Jan. 15.
|Footballguys view: A second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft (Cowboys), Escobar has bounced around the league a bit during his short career. He's a huge target, measuring in at 6'6" but Escobar has never paid off on that potential as a pass catcher. His career high in catches and yards came in his rookie season, nine catches for 134 yards. As you can see, that's not much...about what someone like Travis Kelce could do in one game.|
Gavin Escobar player page
Browns | Cleveland has talked with Brock Olivo Sat Jan 13, 08:33 PM
The Cleveland Browns have interviewed former Denver Broncos special teams coordinator Brock Olivo for their special teams coordinator position.
|Footballguys view: Olivo's special team unit in Denver was atrocious this year and he was removed after only one season. There was some buzz about him getting interesting from college teams as a head coach.|
Brock Olivo player page
Browns | Stan Watson let go Sat Jan 13, 10:04 AM
The Cleveland Browns parted ways with special teams quality control coach Stan Watson Friday, Jan. 12.Link to story
Browns | Several Browns coaches let go Fri Jan 12, 02:23 PM
Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach David Lee, running backs coach Kirby Wilson and assistant special teams coach Shawn Mennenga were fired Friday, Jan. 12.
|Footballguys view: The Browns are undergoing multiple assistant changes as they look to get things turned around in 2018. There's only one direction to go after a winless season, and that's up. Browns head coach Hue Jackson told ClevelandBrowns.com "At the end of each season, you have to evaluate everything. The coaching staff is obviously a big part of that process and it starts with me. The truth of the matter is, we need to improve in every area. These are difficult decisions and for the coaches we've decided to part with, we thank them."|
Browns | Ken Zampese to coach QBs Fri Jan 12, 12:28 PM
Updating a previous report, the Cleveland Browns hired former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese Friday, Jan. 12, to coach the quarterbacks.
|Footballguys view: The initial thought was that Zampese would be the offensive coordinator for the Browns, but instead he's going to be the quarterbacks coach. With the Browns set to select a quarterback with the no1 or no4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Zampese will be working to make whoever that selection is the Browns franchise quarterback.|
Browns | Al Saunders to receive new role Thu Jan 11, 06:08 PM
Cleveland Browns wide receivers coach Al Saunders will receive an advisory role on the coaching staff after the team hired Adam Henry as their new wide receivers coach.Link to story
Browns | Cleveland hires Adam Henry Thu Jan 11, 06:07 PM
The Cleveland Browns have hired New York Giants wide receivers coach Adam Henry as their new wide receivers coach.Link to story
Browns | Cleveland sign six to futures deals Thu Jan 11, 05:22 PM
The Cleveland Browns signed DT Ricky Ali'ifua, LB Max Bullough, OG Joseph Cheek, DT Jeremy Faulk, RB Kelvin Taylor and S Corey White to Reserve/Future contracts. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.Link to story
Corey White player page
Max Bullough player page
Kelvin Taylor player page
Browns | Two players signed by Browns Thu Jan 11, 12:29 PM
Free-agents RB Kelvin Taylor (Falcons) and LB Max Bullough (Texans) were signed to Reserve/Future contracts by the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Jan. 11.Link to story
Max Bullough player page
Kelvin Taylor player page
Browns | Ryan Grigson let go Wed Jan 10, 06:40 PM
The Cleveland Browns parted ways with executive Ryan Grigson Wednesday, Jan. 10.
|Footballguys view: Grigson was fired as the Colts GM about a year ago, but then he latched on with the Browns for the 2017 season. They're going in a completely different direction in the front office with their new GM John Dorsey leading the way. Grigson may find it difficult to find a new gig.|
Browns | Eliot Wolf coming to Cleveland Wed Jan 10, 12:37 PM
Green Bay Packers executive Eliot Wolf was hired by the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, Jan. 10, as assistant general manager. Wolf received a four-year contract.
|Footballguys view: Wolf's father (Ron Wolf) was a legend with the Green Bay Packers, yet the team didn't give him the GM job when Ted Thompson moved on to a different position. He has previous working experience with Browns GM John Dorsey from their time with the Packers.|
Browns | Alex Smith linked to Browns Tue Jan 9, 09:18 AM
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith could be an option for the Cleveland Browns after the Browns hired general manager John Dorsey, in the opinion of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Dan Labbe. Dorsey was the Chiefs' general manager when he acquired Smith from the San Francisco 49ers.
|Footballguys view: The move would make a lot of sense for both sides. Smith is under contract for one more year with the Chiefs, but he could be traded away so Kansas City can begin the Patrick Mahomes era. The Browns have the no1 and no4 overall picks in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. One of those picks should be used on a quarterback like Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold. If Smith was added, he could help groom a young passer like one of those incoming rookies.|
Alex Smith player page
Browns | Ken Zampese a candidate for OC job Mon Jan 8, 02:01 PM
Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese is interviewing for the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator position Monday, Jan. 8, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Zampese was fired as the Bengals OC early in the 2017 season, but he's got strong ties with Browns HC Hue Jackson and this looks to be his top landing spot. He was supposed to interview with the Broncos for their QB coach opening (which Mike Sullivan got), but the Browns OC seemed to be his most likely destination.|
Browns | Uncertain future for Corey Coleman? Fri Jan 5, 12:31 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman faces an 'uncertain future' with the team after a second straight season of 'unmet expectations,' according to ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi.
|Footballguys view: A first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Coleman has only played in 19 games over two seasons. The QB play with the Browns doesn't help, but Coleman has not been consistent when he's on the field. Cleveland has his rights three more years if they want, but there's already speculation that they could put him on the trade block.|
Corey Coleman player page
Browns | Joe Schobert was a tackling machine Thu Jan 4, 12:49 AM
Cleveland Browns LB Joe Schobert tied for the NFL lead in tackles during the 2017 season with 144.Link to story
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Browns | Alonzo Highsmith joining Browns Tue Jan 2, 04:09 PM
Former Green Bay Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith Sr. is joining the Cleveland Browns as vice president of football operations, according to a source.Link to story
Browns | CLE interested in Alonzo Highsmith Tue Jan 2, 11:15 AM
Green Bay Packers executive Alonzo Highsmith Sr. will interview with the Cleveland Browns about their assistant general manager role Tuesday, Jan. 2.Link to story
Browns | Sean Ryan has Cleveland's interest Tue Jan 2, 11:02 AM
Houston Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan has been requested for an interview by the Cleveland Browns for their offensive coordinator post, according to sources.Link to story
Browns | Eight Browns sign Reserve/Future deals Mon Jan 1, 04:43 PM
Cleveland Browns WR C.J. Board, LB Austin Calitro, CB Trevon Hartfield, WR Bug Howard, RB Joshua Rounds, OT Victor Salako, CB B.W. Webb and WR Kasen Williams were signed to Reserve/Futures contracts.
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Washington in 2015, Kasen Williams began his pro career with many questions. A failed physical got him released from the Bengals after he signed as a UDFA. The Seahawks picked him up for rookie minicamp where he could compete to impress. He spent some time active for the Seahawks, but most of his two-plus years have been spent on the practice squad. He had a great preseason for Seattle in 2017 but failed to make the 53-man roster. The Browns scooped him up and now further invest in his potential. Monitor him in super deep dynasty leagues only.|
B.W. Webb player page
Kasen Williams player page
Browns | Owners confirms Hue Jackson's return Sun Dec 31, 05:05 PM
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson will return to the team next season, according to owner Jimmy Haslam. Haslam said he told general manager John Dorsey that Jackson will be the head coach in 2018.
|Footballguys view: This move will be questioned because of how poorly the Browns have played under Jackson's guidance. DeShone Kizer's development was a misadventure and Jackson will now be trusted to oversee the rookie year of their likely first-round, if not #1 pick.|