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Free agent WR Rishard Matthews will visit the Browns and Cardinals.

Cleveland will host Matthews on Monday and the Cards will follow that up with a workout the following day. It's the first visits the free agent's scheduled since hiring Drew Rosenhaus as his agent. Now relying on someone else to manage his negotiations, Matthews will likely land with a suitor soon. The Browns make a lot of sense given coach Hue Jackson's reported plan to reduce rookie Antonio Callaway's snaps moving forward.
Oct 6 - 12:38 PM

Patriots acquired WR Josh Gordon from the Browns in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft.

If Gordon is active for ten games in New England, the fifth-rounder will be the only pick changing hands. If Gordon is active for fewer than ten games, the Pats will get back a 2019 seventh-rounder from the Browns. Gordon had an MRI on his hamstring and it "came out fine," per NFL Network. He'll be in play to contribute as soon as Week 3 at Detroit, although Gordon will obviously need more time to fully grasp the Patriots' complex offense. More will be known about Gordon's projected immediate playing time as the week moves along, but this is one of his best-case scenario landing spots from a fantasy standpoint. By Week 5, the Patriots should be able to field an 11-personnel configuration of Gordon, Julian Edelman, and Chris Hogan at wide receiver and Rob Gronkowski at tight end. The rich get richer.
Sep 17 - 4:18 PM

Browns waived K Zane Gonzalez.

UDFA "Greg Joseph" is the Browns' new kicker. The Browns had no choice with a kicker who was just 2-of-5 on field goal attempts so far this season. Gonzalez missed back-breaking kicks in each of the Browns' first two games. Gonzalez is a rough 17-of-25 (68 percent) as an NFL kicker. It could be a while before he gets a second chance.
Sep 17 - 2:09 PM

Free agent K Cairo Santos is working out for the Browns on Monday.

Blair Walsh will also work out for Cleveland on Monday. The Browns are fully expected to make a change at kicker after Zane Gonzalez missed two extra points and two field goals in Week 2 including a potential game-tying attempt in the final seconds. Dan Bailey is also available, but he might be looking for a better situation.
Sep 17 - 9:10 AM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Browns are "still not certain [free agent Dez Bryant] wants to play football."

Bryant to the Browns should once again be a hot topic with Cleveland deciding to move on from Josh Gordon, but Anderson's report suggests the Browns are not actively pursuing the former Cowboy. For what it is worth, Anderson was also told, presumably by someone close to the receiver, Bryant wants to play football and "actually loves [GM John Dorsey], [coach Hue Jackson], and the team in general." It is unlikely this is the last we hear of a possible Bryant, Browns connection.
Sep 15 - 8:28 PM

Bills signed DE Nate Orchard, formerly of the Browns, to a one-year contract.

Orchard was one of the main characters on this summer's Hard Knocks featuring the Browns but was ultimately part of final cuts. The 2015 second-round pick has never developed as a pass rusher but gets a change of scenery.
Sep 10 - 7:47 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports the Browns will check back in with free agent Dez Bryant following Week 1.

Veteran salaries guarantee Week 1, so the Browns would have to pay Bryant his full salary no matter what if he was on the roster then. Signing him after the opener removes some of that risk, which might make it easier to find a deal. With Josh Gordon back in the fold, the Browns do not have a pressing need a receiver.
Sep 6 - 8:47 AM

Bucs claimed DE Carl Nassib off waivers from the Browns.

A head-scratching cut by Cleveland, Nassib unsurprisingly lands quickly on his feet. A versatile defensive end who can also kick inside, Nassib was the 65th overall pick in the 2016 draft. He has 5.5 sacks through two years.
Sep 3 - 4:47 PM

Browns waived DE Carl Nassib.

Browns also waived Jamie Meder, C Austin Reiter, LB Jermaine Grace and CB Jeremiah McKinnon. Nassib, the No. 65 overall pick in the 2016 draft, was graded poorly across the board by Pro Football Focus in his rookie year and struggled last season, too. With numerous others available to play competently on the opposite side of Myles Garrett, Nassib was expendable. There's still a chance he lands on Cleveland's practice squad.
Sep 2 - 3:25 PM

Browns waived DE Nate Orchard.

The No. 51 overall pick of the 2015 draft, Orchard never developed as a pass rusher. He was caught on this year's season of Hard Knocks lamenting that he was "allergic" to sacks. The Browns evidently agreed.
Sep 1 - 4:28 PM

Browns waived RB Matt Dayes, LB B.J. Bello, DL Caleb Brantley, TE Devon Cajuste, OL Christian DiLauro, OL Spencer Drango, DL Daniel Ekuale, DL Zaycoven Henderson, RB Dontrell Hilliard, WR Blake Jackson, DB Mike Jordan, DB Montrel Meander, DL Nate Orchard, DB Tigie Sankoh, WR Da’Mari Scott, LB Brady Sheldon, DB Simeon Thomas and P Justin Vogel.

The No. 252 overall pick of the 2017 draft, Dayes was active for all 16 games as a rookie, but touched the ball just nine times. The Browns have since gotten much deeper at running back. It's unclear if Dayes is a serious practice squad candidate.
Sep 1 - 4:23 PM

Browns waived TE Devon Cajuste.

Cajuste is a noted journeyman who has been bouncing around the league the last three years. He became a household name on this season of Hard Knocks with the Browns. A spiritual wizard of sorts who loved his crystals and drew loud "Cajuuuuuste!" chants from the fans, Cajuste simply wasn't cutting it on the field. He needs a lot of work as a blocker and is a relatively average athlete. Perhaps he'll find a spot on a practice squad, maybe even in Cleveland.
Sep 1 - 3:51 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are "expected to inquire about" acquiring holdout Raiders DE Khalil Mack.

It's general language, and something we would expect most teams to "inquire about." It's still notable the Browns are one of the first names out there. Pairing Mack with second-year pro Myles Garrett would give the Browns a truly ferocious defensive line. The possibility that Mack gets dealt increases every day.
Aug 31 - 6:53 PM

Browns released WR Jeff Janis.

Janis appeared in all 16 games for the Packers each of the past three seasons but could not crack the rebuilding Browns' 53-man roster. Janis caught three balls for 47 yards in the preseason. The NFL is simply never going to be as high on Janis as "football Twitter." It's a shame. Janis' special teams ability should get him a look elsewhere.
Aug 31 - 3:52 PM

Browns released LB Mychal Kendricks.

In a statement, GM John Dorsey indicated Kendricks told the team of the legal situation he was facing before he was signed, but he did not give them all of the facts, or at least suggested the facts had since changed. Kendricks has been charged by federal investigators for insider trading. Considering owner Jimmy Haslam's legal history, this should create an awkward situation inside the Browns' organization. Of course, there is so much awkward unprofessionalism in Cleveland that it probably won't even cause a blip.
Aug 29 - 8:47 PM

ProFootballTalk reports the Browns offered free agent Dez Bryant less than $5 million on a one-year deal.

It obviously wasn't enough to get a deal done. Bryant is reportedly waiting for a better fit and could remain unsigned going into the regular season. The Browns have moved on from Bryant with Josh Gordon back.
Aug 24 - 7:23 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns aren't expected to sign free agent Dez Bryant.

Bryant talks are on the back burner after Josh Gordon reported to training camp. The sides were reportedly never close to a deal. With 19 days until Week 1, Bryant is running out of time to sign.
Aug 18 - 5:14 PM

Coach Hue Jackson said Josh Gordon returning doesn't take the Browns off the possibility of signing free agent Dez Bryant.

Bryant left his Browns visit without a contract. Cleveland may not have ruled out signing him, but there isn't a need for Bryant behind Gordon, Jarvis Landry, and Antonio Callaway. Bryant may look for a better fit elsewhere.
Aug 18 - 3:21 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports free agent WR Dez Bryant left his Browns visit without a contract.

However, the door is "not closed." There's incentive for both sides to get a deal done—Bryant needs a job while the Browns are desperate for receiver depth with Josh Gordon MIA. Dez is reportedly seeking a one-year "prove-it" deal.
Aug 17 - 1:49 PM

Dez Bryant and his agent, Kim Miale, are still reportedly talking to the Browns about a contract.

Bryant and Miale stayed in Cleveland overnight and will meet with the team again Friday afternoon. Even so, Cabot states the deal might not get done today. The Browns need a body at receiver, but Bryant's declining athleticism only mucks up Cleveland's receiving corps for fantasy once (if?) Josh Gordon returns. The Browns could potentially open Week 1 at home with Jarvis Landry, Gordon, and Bryant as their top three receivers.
Aug 17 - 11:34 AM


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