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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

A source he "trusts" who is "very well-connected" and "very often right" told MMQB's Peter King the Browns won't take Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 1 overall pick.

It should be a breath of fresh air for Cleveland fans; analytically, Allen barely belongs in the first round let alone in conversation for the No. 1 pick. King published a mock draft in his MMQB article, and sent USC QB Sam Darnold to the Browns at No. 1. We agree and also expect Cleveland to take Darnold.
Apr 23 - 2:23 AM

Browns GM John Dorsey said during his pre-draft press conference he thinks "hand size is important" when looking for a quarterback.

It's possible foreshadowing as the Browns have continuously been linked to Wyoming QB Josh Allen, who has the largest hand size among quarterbacks in this year's class, with the No. 1 overall pick. "You'll laugh at me when I say it, but I think hand size is important,'' Dorsey said. "Hand size in November and December, when it's snowing, raining, it's getting muddy...We all know the elements in Cleveland are going to play a role." Dorsey also went out of his way to acknowledge the Browns are making sure Sam Darnold, who fumbled 21 times in 24 starts at USC, has adequate hand size to hang on to the football in AFC North stadiums late in the season. "You worry about that sometimes," he said. Cleveland has reportedly "considered" drafting a quarterback with both the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks.
Apr 20 - 11:14 AM

The Ringer's Kevin Clark reports the Browns have "considered" drafting a quarterback with both the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks.

It is highly unlikely this actually happens, but that does not mean it is a bad idea. The success rate of even first-round quarterbacks is shockingly low, but taking two of the top quarterbacks would give Cleveland a decent shot at landing one long-term starter. If both pan out, they would also have a valuable trade chip to acquire future assets. That said, developing one quarterback is difficult enough, and it would be a challenge to find enough practice reps for Tyrod Taylor and two rookies. Still, the fact the Browns have even considering an out-of-the-box idea like this is a good sign.
Source: The Ringer
Apr 19 - 11:57 AM

Senior Bowl director Phil Savage expects the Browns to draft Josh Allen with the first-overall pick.

"If you asked me that a week ago, I’d give you a different answer, but with Tyrod Taylor in place, I think they have time to develop behind the scenes," Savage said. "In that division, in that environment weather-wise, I think it could be Josh Allen when it’s all said and done." Savage hasn't been the GM in Cleveland for 10 years but does have connections to the team. With Taylor locked in as Cleveland's starter, Allen's perceived upside may be distancing him from Sam Darnold.
Apr 18 - 5:27 PM

According to Sports Illustrated's Ben Baskin, Penn State RB Saquon Barkley's agents don't want him to be picked by the Browns.

Barkley is represented by Roc Nation, which is headquartered in New York City, and the firm prefers Barkley is picked No. 2 by the Giants, landing the star running back smack-dab in the media capital of the world. According to Baskin, Barkley's agents have gone as far to advise Barkley to refuse to play in Cleveland, but Barkley "never considered" those demands. He's said he's willing to play wherever, including Cleveland. The Browns are an extreme long shot to take Barkley No. 1, but if he slips past the Giants at No. 2, there's a chance Cleveland would snag him at No. 4.
Apr 18 - 11:27 AM

Broncos claimed CB C.J. Smith off waivers from the Browns.

The Browns almost traded Smith to the Seahawks last month but the deal was nixed after he failed his physical. Smith spent most of last year on Cleveland's practice squad and will need to show well in camp to crack the Broncos' 53-man roster.
Apr 13 - 4:52 PM

Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich reports the Browns have terminated TE Gavin Escobar's contract.

Cleveland waived six others including WR Larry Pinkard and RB Kelvin Taylor. Escobar was always a long-shot to make the Browns' final 53 but his future continues to trend downward following another unsuccessful roster stint. A 2013 second-round pick by the Cowboys, Escobar spent training camp last year with the Chiefs before landing on the Ravens' roster for two games.
Apr 12 - 2:43 PM

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