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NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
24Bademosi, Johnson CB6-02007/23/19904Stanford
91Barnett, Calvin DT6-231710/7/19911Oklahoma State
82Barnidge, Gary TE6-62509/22/19858Louisville
63Barton, Karim G6-331512/13/19911Morgan State
89Bates, Phil WR6-12209/20/19891Ohio U.
11Benjamin, Travis WR5-1017512/29/19894Miami (Fla.)
75Bitonio, Joel G6-430510/11/19912Nevada
82Bowe, Dwayne WR6-22219/21/19849Louisiana State
62Bowie, Michael T6-43329/25/19913Northeastern State (Okla.)
95Bryant, Armonty DE6-42655/20/19903East Central (OK)
92Bryant, Desmond DE6-631012/15/19857Harvard
59Carder, Tank ILB6-22351/18/19894Texas Christian
15Cone, Kevin WR6-22163/20/19884Georgia Tech
4Coons, Travis K6-11942/6/1992RWashington
0Cooper, Xavier DT6-3293//RWashington State
34Crowell, Isaiah RB5-112251/8/19932Alabama State
56Dansby, Karlos ILB6-325111/3/198112Auburn
26Desir, Pierre CB6-11989/8/19902Lindenwood
20Draughn, Shaun RB6-020512/7/19873North Carolina
81Dray, Jim TE6-525512/31/19866Stanford
0Erving, Cameron T6-53138/23/1992RFlorida State
50Eubanks, Darius ILB6-22227/12/19913Georgia Southern
70Fua, Sione DT6-13106/15/19885Stanford
18Gabriel, Taylor WR5-81672/17/19912Abilene Christian
21Gilbert, Justin CB6-020211/7/19912Oklahoma State
39Gipson, Tashaun FS5-112058/7/19904Wyoming
77Greco, John G6-43183/24/19858Toledo
23Haden, Joe CB5-111954/14/19896Florida
10Hartley, Garrett K5-81955/16/19867Oklahoma
82Hartline, Brian WR6-220011/22/19867Ohio State
16Hawkins, Andrew WR5-71803/10/19865Toledo
84Housler, Rob TE6-52503/17/19885Florida Atlantic
93Hughes, John DE6-23204/27/19884Cincinnati
47Hughlett, Charley LS6-42515/16/19901Central Florida
40James, Kendall CB5-111806/29/19911Maine
0Johnson, Duke RB5-92079/23/1993RMiami (Fla.)
58Kirksey, Chris ILB6-22358/31/19922Iowa
67Kitchen, Ishmaa'ily DE6-13308/24/19884Kent State
99Kruger, Paul OLB6-42702/15/19867Utah
5Lanning, Spencer P5-112005/21/19883South Carolina
30Leonhard, Jim (FA) FS5-818810/27/198211Wisconsin
6Lewis, Thad QB6-221911/19/19873Duke
55Mack, Alex C6-431111/19/19857California
2Manziel, Johnny QB6-021012/6/19922Texas A&M
12McCown, Josh QB6-42137/4/197913Sam Houston State
60McDaniel, Jacobbi DT6-029310/8/19891Florida State
68McDonald, Nick C6-43056/27/19874Grand Valley State
79McDonald, Andrew T6-63109/8/19882Indiana
74McQuistan, Paul (FA) G6-63154/30/198310Weber State
66Meder, Jamie DT6-23064/12/19911Ashland
51Mingo, Barkevious OLB6-424010/4/19903Louisiana State
15Moore, Marlon WR6-01909/3/19876Fresno State
42Nelson, Robert DB5-91752/16/19902Arizona State
0Orchard, Nate DE6-32501/5/1993RUtah
69Painter, Vinston T6-430910/11/19892Virginia Tech
31Pellerin, Micah DB6-019211/23/19882Hampton
96Pough, Keith OLB6-32252/5/19901Howard
33Poyer, Jordan CB6-01914/25/19913Oregon State
53Robertson, Craig ILB6-12342/11/19884North Texas
72Schwartz, Mitchell T6-53206/8/19894California
62Seymour, Ryan C6-43052/7/19902Vanderbilt
9Shaw, Connor QB6-12109/19/19911South Carolina
0Shelton, Danny DT6-2339//RNo College
83Smith, Rodney WR6-52203/11/19903Florida State
87Smith, Andre TE6-52709/26/19883Virginia Tech
54Solomon, Scott LB6-326211/5/19884Rice
 Sonie, Varmah DB5-91667/8/19901Northern Iowa
1Spear, Carey K5-91941/5/1992RVanderbilt
94Starks, Randy DT6-330512/14/198312Maryland
98Taylor, Phillip DE6-33354/7/19885Baylor
4Thigpen, Tyler QB6-12164/14/19847Coastal Carolina
73Thomas, Joe T6-631212/4/19849Wisconsin
67Tupou, Christian DT6-23005/7/19892USC
28West, Terrance RB5-92251/28/19912Towson
31Whitner, Donte SS5-102087/24/198510Ohio State
38Williams, Tramon DB5-111913/16/19839Louisiana Tech
36Williams, K'Waun DB5-91837/12/19912Pittsburgh
90Winn, Billy DE6-43004/15/19894Boise State
41Winston, Glenn RB6-22204/29/19892Northwood
57Yount, Christian LS6-12507/8/19885UCLA
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12Gordon, Josh WR6-32254/13/19913Utah
 
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Vinston Painter
News
The battered Browns list three injured players on their inactive list for their Sunday game at Carolina, including Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder). Also hurt and out are fellow corner K'Waun Williams (hamstring) and tight end Gary Barnidge (rib).

The healthy scratches are wideout Rodney Smith , running back Glenn Winston and offensive linemen Vinston Painter and Andrew McDonald.

Xavier Cooper
No Updates
Tyler Thigpen
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Bills quarterback Tyler Thigpen saw his first action of the season in Week 15 against the Seahawks. He came on for starter Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter and completed 3 of 5 passes for 30 yards in the 50-17 loss.
Danny Shelton
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Browns first-round draft pick Danny Shelton is a nose tackle that many analysts have rated as a two-down player in the NFL. Shelton would like it known that he can stay on the field, however. 

"I play two down, three down, four down, if there's a five down, I'll play it," Shelton said, per Ohio.com. "Honestly, it doesn't matter about my weight or whatever. I'm going to be that guy who is going to outwork people. I'm going to be that guy who breaks stereotypes, negativity. I'm going to bring the positive energy."

Nate Orchard
No Updates
Phillip Taylor
News
The worst news for the Browns is that tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) is out Sunday against Houston and could be done for the season, and defensive tackle Phillip Taylor (knee) is out for the year. But aside from special teams player Johnson Bademosi (concussion) being ruled out for the game against the Texans, the team is relatively healthy.

An exception could be safety Tashaun Gipson (concussion), who is questionable. The probables are defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist), wideout Andrew Hawkins (thigh/knee), linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and defensive tackle Billy Winn (toe).

Micah Pellerin
News
The Cowboys have promoted cornerback Micah Pellerin from their practice squad. He will be active for the Sunday night clash against the Giants.

Pellerin has played in five career games, but none this season.

Travis Benjamin
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With wideout Josh Gordon facing a one-year suspension, the Browns are dangerously thin at receiver entering 2015. ESPN.com notes the Browns have two returning slot receivers in Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel and "an undersized situational receiver" in 5-10 Travis Benjamin.

Miles Austin is scheduled for unrestricted free agency after catching 47 passes for 568 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games. Tight end Jordan Cameron also is set to be an unrestricted free agent.

Hawkins, a 5-7, 180-pounder, led the team with 63 grabs for 824 yards, with two touchdowns. Cleveland failed to add a wideout in last year's draft but almost certainly must address the position in the 2015 draft.

Duke Johnson
No Updates
Garrett Hartley
News
Browns new placekicker Garrett Hartley received no opportunities upon his arrival in Week 15, but knocked down both chances Sunday at Carolina.

Hartley booted a 43-yarder to tie the game early in the second quarter and added a 31-yarder late in the third. He also nailed his lone extra point attempt.

Paul McQuistan
News
The Browns have terminated the contract of offensive lineman Paul McQuistan, who appeared in 14 games with one start in 2014. 

A 10-year NFL veteran, McQuistan was taken in the third round by the Raiders in the 2006 NFL draft. McQuistan has also spent time with the Jaguars and Seahawks. With Seattle, McQuistan earned 40 starts in 48 games played from 2011-2013. 

Travis Coons
News
The Titans waived kicker Travis Coons to make room for newly-signed Ryan Succop, reports the Tennessean.
Glenn Winston
News
The battered Browns list three injured players on their inactive list for their Sunday game at Carolina, including Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder). Also hurt and out are fellow corner K'Waun Williams (hamstring) and tight end Gary Barnidge (rib).

The healthy scratches are wideout Rodney Smith , running back Glenn Winston and offensive linemen Vinston Painter and Andrew McDonald.

Thad Lewis
News
Released by the Texans this week, quarterback Thad Lewis signed with the Browns, reports Yahoo Sports. Lewis, 27, also was with Cleveland in 2011 and 2012.

He's played in seven games over five seasons, throwing for 1,296 yards and five touchdowns against four interceptions.

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Shaun Draughn
News
The Browns have re-signed exclusive rights free agent running back Shaun Draughn and punter Spencer Lanning on Friday, per the team's official website.
Kendall James
News
The Chargers have waived guard Jeff Baca from their active roster and cornerback Kendall James from their practice squad.

Baca was released by Dallas in mid-November and played in just one game for San Diego.

Paul Kruger
News
The Browns have cleared all their probables for the Sunday game against Indianapolis. That group includes linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and Paul Kruger (illness), as well as center Nick McDonald (ankle/knee).

Nick McDonald
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The Browns have cleared all their probables for the Sunday game against Indianapolis. That group includes linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and Paul Kruger (illness), as well as center Nick McDonald (ankle/knee).

Josh McCown
News
The Browns are not done just yet in their search for quarterback talent, according to ESPN.com. Cleveland is reportedly looking to add at least one more quarterback through the draft or free agency.

The Browns made their signing of Josh McCown to a three-year deal official last week, but appear to want another to go along with him and Johnny Manziel.

Spencer Lanning
News
The Browns have re-signed exclusive rights free agent running back Shaun Draughn and punter Spencer Lanning on Friday, per the team's official website.
Josh Gordon
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The Browns reportedly told wide receiver Josh Gordon in writing multiple times he was late for team meetings or functions, according to Cleveland.com.

The NFLPA has filed a grievance on Gordon's behalf to receive the game check he would have been paid if not suspended, approximately $48,564. Other than the game check, the suspension prohibited Gordon from playing his game of the season and prevented him from being able to hit unrestricted free agency.

Injury
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Robert Nelson
News
The Browns listed cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder) and linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee) as questionable for Sunday’s game at Carolina. Haden was able to practice Friday on a limited basis.

Also listed as questionable are Gary Barnidge (ribs), Marlon Moore (knee), Robert Nelson (hamstring) and Jabaal Sheard (foot).

The Browns ruled K’Waun Williams (hamstring) and Tashaun Gipson (knee) as out. Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (illness) is the only player listed as probable.

The Browns are 3 ½ point underdogs to the Panthers.

Charley Hughlett
News
Quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder) and cornerback Justin Gilbert, who is being disciplined, headline the inactives posted by the Browns for their Sunday game in Baltimore. Also hurt and out are defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and tackle Ryan Seymour (hamstring).

A trio of healthy scratches include long snapper Charley Hughlett, offensive lineman Andrew McDonald and wideout Phil Bates.

John Greco
News
Browns coach Mike Pettine said Thursday offensive lineman John Greco will likely start at center and offensive lineman Paul McQuistan will start at right guard Week 7 at Jacksonville. The starting lineup along the offensive line is undergoing changes in the wake of center Alex Mack's leg injury. 
Carey Spear
News
The Eagles trimmed their roster to 76 players Saturday, as they announced the waiving of 14 players.

Among those waived are: wide receivers Kadron Boone and B.J. Cunningham; tight ends Emil Igwenagu and Blake Annen; offensive lineman Michael Bamiro, Karim Barton and Donald Hawkins; linebacker Jake Knott; defensive backs Daytawion Lowe and Davon Morgan; defensive linemen Joe Kruger, Frances Mays and Alejandro Villanueva; and kicker Carey Spear.  

The team still has to make one more cut before Tuesday. 

Calvin Barnett
News
Justin Gilbert
News
Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil is optimistic that second-year corner Justin Gilbert will improve his play in 2015, according to the team's official website.

“I know he's working hard,” O’Neil said. “I'm looking forward to getting him back and see where he's at two weeks from now. I'm very optimistic for Justin in Year 2.”

Head coach Mike Pettine spoke about how Gilbert has been working out with teammate Joe Haden this offseason.

“We’ve gotten very positive feedback on how his offseason is going,” coach Mike Pettine said at last month’s owners meetings. “And like every other player, we are very much looking forward to getting him in town in April and we’ll see the progress that he’s made. I thought it was great of him to go seek out Joe. I know Joe works hard in the offseason down in Miami. It was good to see it.”

Gilbert, the eighth overall draft pick last season, finished his rookie year with 29 total tackles and one interception.

Chris Kirksey
News
Browns rookie linebacker Chris Kirksey managed a breakthrough game Sunday at Jacksonville despite the team's lopsided loss.

Kirksey led the team with a career-best seven solo tackles and registered one of their two sacks. It was his first sack since the season opener.

Cameron Erving
News
Browns first-round pick Cam Erving began his college career on the defensive line, but when Florida State asked him to switch to the offensive line, Erving had to watch tape to learn the new position. 

The NFL player he chose to model proper offensive line play was his new teammate in the NFL, Browns tackle Joe Thomas

"Man, he’s just a consistent player," Erving said, per ClevelandBrowns.com. "He’s just one of those guys where you watch his sets and you try and see what he does – his stance, his steps, his technique, how he uses his hands. It was a great example to look at. Joe Thomas is going to be a Hall of Famer one day."

Donte Whitner
News
Mike Pettine has expressed good news on the injury and illness front for the Browns.

He said that linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee), who has missed the last three games, is on the verge of returning, and that safety Donte Whitner (illness) has returned to practice. Pettine added that tight end Gary Barnidge (ribs) is getting closer to a comeback and he's optimistic that free safety Tashaun Gipson (knee) will be back to game action at some point this season.

Tramon Williams
News
Former Packers cornerback Tramon Williams agreed to a three-year deal with the Browns, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is for $21 million, per NFL Network.

Williams will vie with second-year pro Justin Gilbert for the starting spot opposite Joe Haden. Williams, 32, has spent his entire eight-year career with Green Bay, racking up 28 interceptions and 115 passes defensed.

Johnson Bademosi
News
The Browns have reportedly re-signed safety Johnson Bademosi and inside linebacker Craig Robertson, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

Bademosi totaled 12 tackles in 14 games last season while Robertson made 99 tackles with two interceptions and one touchdown in all 16 games.

Tank Carder
News
The Browns list a whopping 16 players on their Friday injury report, but half are probable for the Week 17 battle in Pittsburgh, including All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas (back). The other offensive players among them are running back Willis McGahee (knee) and tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe).

The four defensive probables are linebackers Paul Kruger (illness) and Tank Carder (shoulder), safety Jordan Poyer (toe) and safety T.J. Ward (shoulder, illness). Punter Spencer Lanning (knee) is also probable.

Keith Pough
News
The Browns have officially activated wide receiver Josh Gordon and added him to the 53-man active roster, per the team's official website. In a corresponding move, the team waived linebacker Keith Pough.

Gordon served a 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was arguably one of the top wideouts of the 2013 season, racking up 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. He'll make his season debut on Sunday against Atlanta.

Barkevious Mingo
News
Outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, among the latest in a long list of Browns first-round draft disappointments, is vowing to shed that tag in 2015.

"Next year's going to be a different story," he told ESPN.

Mingo has just three sacks in his last 23 games. He has seven in two seasons. The nearly $7 million he has been paid during that time - not including his signing bonus - is looking like a bad deal. But the super-athletic Mingo believes he can turn it into a good deal by living up to his potential.

First things first. He must play without pain, which is what a labrum injury that required offseason arthroscopic surgery caused in 2014. Mingo anticipates being "pretty close to all go" in workouts.

"Just waiting on final word from the trainers," he said. "As a competitor, you're going to always say you feel good. You can have a broken leg and I'm good enough to play. I felt like for the most part last year I was good enough to play. After the games, it was a different story. ... The season's over, now I have a lot of rest and got it fixed."

Mingo did manage to contribute to 42 tackles in 2014 for the second straight season.

K'Waun Williams
News
Four key Browns defenders deemed questionable for the Sunday game in Baltimore are ready to roll. Included are cornerbacks Joe Haden (shoulder) and K'Waun Williams (hamstring). The others are end Desmond Bryant (thumb) and linebacker Jabaal Sheard (foot).

Taylor Gabriel
News
With wideout Josh Gordon facing a one-year suspension, the Browns are dangerously thin at receiver entering 2015. ESPN.com notes the Browns have two returning slot receivers in Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel and "an undersized situational receiver" in 5-10 Travis Benjamin.

Miles Austin is scheduled for unrestricted free agency after catching 47 passes for 568 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games. Tight end Jordan Cameron also is set to be an unrestricted free agent.

Hawkins, a 5-7, 180-pounder, led the team with 63 grabs for 824 yards, with two touchdowns. Cleveland failed to add a wideout in last year's draft but almost certainly must address the position in the 2015 draft.

Jim Dray
News
Rather than play a standout role, Browns wideout Josh Gordon merely led a small group of minor contributors to a Sunday loss against the host Panthers.

Gordon finished with four catches for 45 yards. Also chipping in were tight end Jim Dray and wideout Taylor Gabriel, both of whom caught just one short pass.

Ishmaa'ily Kitchen
News
The Browns announced they tendered qualifying offers to four restricted free agents: safety Tashaun Gipson, linebacker Craig Robertson, defensive lineman Ishmaa'ily Kitchen and special teams ace Johnson Bademosi. Cleveland can now match any offer those players receive.
Armonty Bryant
News
Browns DE Armonty Bryant said he won't be a full participate during organized team activities or the team's minicamp in June, but he expects to be ready for training camp, reports Ohio.com.

Bryant played in five games last season before he tore his ACL and MCL in his knee.

Ryan Seymour
News
The Browns announced they re-signed offensive lineman Ryan Seymour. He appeared in 11 games last season, starting three at center.

Seymour, 25, was a seventh-round draft pick by the Seahawks in 2013.

Dwayne Bowe
News
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is looking to revitalize his career now that he has joined the Browns, reports ESPN. Bowe was cut by the Chiefs in the middle of March.

"I have a chance to revitalize myself," Bowe, 30, told ESPN.com via telephone Tuesday. "Just sit back and watch."

Browns general manager Ray Farmer has familiarity with Bowe from their time with the Chiefs. The two sat down and watched tape from the 2010 season when he racked up 15 touchdown receptions.

"Him knowing what I can do, seeing me in practice, making crazy plays, splitting the safeties, he knows I still can do that," Bowe said. "I couldn't showcase that last year. He was pulling up old plays, saying, 'We are going to use you just like that.' Moving around, going on motion, trying to hit the deep ball, trying to break plays."

The 30-year-old wideout appreciated his time with the Chiefs and he has no regrets.

"It's been up and down, but it's been fun," Bowe said. "I don't regret nothing. People can talk about the NFL and playing wide receiver -- I feel I still have a good four more years in me."

Over his eight-year career, he has totaled 532 receptions for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns.

Billy Winn
News
Five key Browns players designated as probable for their Week 11 game against visiting Houston have received the thumbs-up for action. They are defensive linemen Billy Winn (toe) and Desmond Bryant (wrist), wideout Andrew Hawkins (thigh/knee), center Nick McDonald (calf) and linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder).
Alex Mack
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With Browns center Alex Mack possessing an opt-out clause in his contract after the 2015 season, fellow offensive lineman Joe Thomas said it's not a coincidence Mack has an option to leave the team, reports ESPNCleveland.com.

"I haven't really had any conversations with Alex, but I will say I'm sure there's a reason he put that clause in his contract, because this is going to be an important year for the Browns to prove the things they said to him during the recruiting process, prove they were true," Thomas said. "So I imagine that we're going to have to have a good season, we're going to have to show to Alex that we're moving in the right direction, or I'm sure he'll probably… there's no downside to declaring himself a free agent after this year because worst-case scenario, I guess, he can just resign with the Browns if he wanted. So I wouldn't be surprised if he decides to opt out and become a free agent at the end of the year."

Mack has spent the last the six seasons as the starting center for the Browns. His 2014 season ended after five games when he suffered a broken leg.

Karim Barton
News
The Browns signed quarterback Connor Shaw, linebackers Justin Staples and Keith Pough, offensive linemen Patrick Lewis and Karim Barton, tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi and receiver Charles Johnson to their practice squad.
Rob Housler
News
Free-agent tight end Rob Housler signed a one-year deal Thursday with the Browns, per the team's website. 

Housler, who spent four seasons with the Cardinals, visited with the Falcons and Bengals before agreeing to the one-year deal with Cleveland. Housler's role in the Cardinals' passing game was reduced last year, as he only caught nine passes for 129 yards, but finished his four seasons in Arizona with 1,133 yards. 

Joe Haden
News
Cornerback Joe Haden said that Browns players didn't know that WR Josh Gordon wasn't allowed to drink alcohol.

Gordon's return to the NFL was under the condition that he stay away from alcohol. 

Gordon, Haden and several teammates flew to Las Vegas on a private plane following the regular season. Gordon had several drinks on the flight and was tested by the NFL when the plane landed and was subsequently suspended for the 2015 season

"If I knew he couldn't have a drink, everybody would have tried to ... you know what I'm saying ... it wouldn't have been that," Haden said following Tuesday's OTA, per ESPN. "Josh Gordon, he's a grown man and sometimes you got to know what decisions you make."

Gordon has said he thought the alcohol ban expired at the end of the season. Haden went on to say that he thought the ban was unfair. 

Jim Leonhard
News
Despite having a strong season and landing a starting job in the absence of injured Donte Whitner, Browns safety Jim Leonhard has told the Akron Beacon Journal that he still plans on retiring at the end of the year.

The 32-year-old Leonhard contributed seven tackles, one interception and a sack Sunday in the loss to Indianapolis.

Craig Robertson
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The Browns have reportedly re-signed safety Johnson Bademosi and inside linebacker Craig Robertson, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

Bademosi totaled 12 tackles in 14 games last season while Robertson made 99 tackles with two interceptions and one touchdown in all 16 games.

Terrance West
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Browns general manager Ray Farmer spoke highly of rookie running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, but indicated that Cleveland will look to adding more backs this offseason, per NFL.com. Farmer would not reveal whether he would add through free agency or the draft.

The role of both backs fluctuated during the season, especially after the team released Ben Tate. Crowell ran for 607 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns, averaging 4.1 yards per carry, while West rushed for 673 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 3.9 yards per carry in 2014.

Mitchell Schwartz
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One of the reasons Johnny Manziel was such a spectacular player in college was because he was able to extend a play and throw to a big receiver down the field. Landing with the Browns is a total win for Johnny Football because he'll have Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, Greg Little and Nate Burleson as down-field targets along with Andrew Hawkins as a quick, short-area weapon. Ben Tate rumbling in the backfield doesn't hurt either.

Another impressive factor is the Browns O-line, which has two studs in left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack. If the line can improve from last season (we're looking at you, Mitchell Schwartz), then Manziel will have time to make good throws.

Of all the places he could have gone in the draft, Cleveland's the best fit. Not only should he inject life into the franchise but he should end up starting in Week 1 against the Steelers. Expect Manziel to get taken late in every single seasonal draft as a combo backup Fantasy QB/sleeper who could get some serious trade value. He'll get picked in the middle rounds in dynasty/keeper leagues and should be considered a Top 5 choice in rookie-only drafts.
Andrew Hawkins
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With wideout Josh Gordon facing a one-year suspension, the Browns are dangerously thin at receiver entering 2015. ESPN.com notes the Browns have two returning slot receivers in Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel and "an undersized situational receiver" in 5-10 Travis Benjamin.

Miles Austin is scheduled for unrestricted free agency after catching 47 passes for 568 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games. Tight end Jordan Cameron also is set to be an unrestricted free agent.

Hawkins, a 5-7, 180-pounder, led the team with 63 grabs for 824 yards, with two touchdowns. Cleveland failed to add a wideout in last year's draft but almost certainly must address the position in the 2015 draft.

Gary Barnidge
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The Browns listed 11 players on its final injury report for Week 17 against Baltimore. Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and Ryan Seymour (hamstring) were ruled out, while quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder, bicep) was deemed doubtful for Sunday.

Gary Barnidge (rib), Desmond Bryant (thumb), Joe Haden (shoulder), Andrew Hawkins (thumb), Jabaal Sheard (foot), Ryan Taylor (elbow) and K'Waun Williams (hamstring) were designated as questionable. Marlon Moore (knee) was the only player on the report labeled probable.

Andrew McDonald
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Quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder) and cornerback Justin Gilbert, who is being disciplined, headline the inactives posted by the Browns for their Sunday game in Baltimore. Also hurt and out are defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and tackle Ryan Seymour (hamstring).

A trio of healthy scratches include long snapper Charley Hughlett, offensive lineman Andrew McDonald and wideout Phil Bates.

Desmond Bryant
News
Four key Browns defenders deemed questionable for the Sunday game in Baltimore are ready to roll. Included are cornerbacks Joe Haden (shoulder) and K'Waun Williams (hamstring). The others are end Desmond Bryant (thumb) and linebacker Jabaal Sheard (foot).

Jamie Meder
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The Browns announced several roster moves on Saturday, per FOX Sports Ohio. The team promoted quarterback Connor Shaw and defensive lineman Jamie Meder from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster. In a corresponding move, Cleveland waived linebacker Eric Martin and tight end Ryan Taylor.
Isaiah Crowell
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Browns general manager Ray Farmer spoke highly of rookie running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, but indicated that Cleveland will look to adding more backs this offseason, per NFL.com. Farmer would not reveal whether he would add through free agency or the draft.

The role of both backs fluctuated during the season, especially after the team released Ben Tate. Crowell ran for 607 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns, averaging 4.1 yards per carry, while West rushed for 673 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 3.9 yards per carry in 2014.

Sione Fua
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The Browns announced they put defensive end Armonty Bryant (knee) on injured reserve and signed defensive lineman Sione Fua. Fua was among the Broncos' final preseason cuts.
John Hughes
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The Browns and defensive end John Hughes have reached a deal on a contract extension. Hughes will sign a four-year deal worth $14.4 million in new money, pending a physical, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Media on Friday.

Hughes, 26, was taken in the third round (87th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was limited to only five games (three starts) last season due to an MCL injury. He has tallied 44 tackles and four sacks in his first 36 career games with the Browns.

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Karlos Dansby
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Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby had some choice words for troubled cornerback Justin Gilbert on Monday, according to the Plain Dealer on Monday. Gilbert was demoted on the depth chart by fourth-round pick Pierre Desir because of issues in practice and off the field.

"I don't know if he can make the transition," Dansby said. "It has to be within him. He has to look in the mirror and do that himself. I can only give him the keys. I can't make him drive."

Gilbert. the No. 8 overall selection in this year's draft out of Oklahoma State, has started only two of 14 games this season. He has totaled only 29 tackles and one interception while playing 375 snaps.

"It's tough man, it's tough," Dansby said. "It's not college. In college you have two or three years where you can play around. This is real life. Lot of people out here are fighting for jobs and fighting to feed their families. Justin is trying to make a transition and it's not easy, man, it's not easy. ... One of the hardest things to do at this level is be consistent.

"You'll have a guy come in and play two or three years and be out of the league and you'll never hear from him again. There are so many first-round picks that have done that. Second-round picks that came in for two or three years because they couldn't make the transition and were out of the league."

Rodney Smith
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The battered Browns list three injured players on their inactive list for their Sunday game at Carolina, including Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder). Also hurt and out are fellow corner K'Waun Williams (hamstring) and tight end Gary Barnidge (rib).

The healthy scratches are wideout Rodney Smith , running back Glenn Winston and offensive linemen Vinston Painter and Andrew McDonald.

Randy Starks
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One attribute that defensive lineman Randy Starks is looking to bring to the Browns is leadership. 

Coming from Miami, Starks is hoping to be an outspoken leader to the younger members on the defensive line. Starks added that he doesn't necessarily want to try and assert his authority over the whole defense. 

“I’m not trying to come here and take over the whole defense," Starks said on Sirius XM radio, via ClevelandBrowns.com. "I’m just trying to take care of the defensive line, and that will help take care of the defense itself. Because we have (Karlos) Dansby and Joe Haden to take care of their respective positions.”

Starks recorded 28 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks in 15 games in 2014. In 11 seasons, Starks has only been to the playoffs twice. He's hoping that changes with the Browns. 

“That’s the same thing I told (coach Mike Pettine): I’m trying to win games," Starks said. "I’m trying to get to the playoffs. And we’re on the same page.”

Joel Bitonio
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With the No. 35 pick in the NFL Draft, the Browns selected offensive lineman Joel Bitonio from Nevada.

Bitonio is 6-foot-4, 302 pounds. He was a tackle in college, but he could also play guard for the Browns if needed.

Bitonio started his last 38 games, including 26 at right tackle and 12 at left tackle. According to one stats service, since the beginning of the 2012 season, he gave up only one quarterback pressure and two sacks and was penalized only five times through a span of 2,054 snaps.

He has the chance to compete for a starting job in training camp and could play left guard for the Browns this year.

Jordan Poyer
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The Browns list a whopping 16 players on their Friday injury report, but half are probable for the Week 17 battle in Pittsburgh, including All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas (back). The other offensive players among them are running back Willis McGahee (knee) and tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe).

The four defensive probables are linebackers Paul Kruger (illness) and Tank Carder (shoulder), safety Jordan Poyer (toe) and safety T.J. Ward (shoulder, illness). Punter Spencer Lanning (knee) is also probable.

Michael Bowie
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The Browns placed linebacker Darius Eubanks and offensive lineman Michael Bowie on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Both players had shoulder surgery this month.
Kevin Cone
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The Buccaneers announced several roster moves on Monday, via the team's official website. 

The team signed fullback Lonnie Pryor and defensive end George Uko to the practice squad. They also released wide receiver Kevin Cone and running back Jeff Demps.

Brian Hartline
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The Browns officially announced the signing of former Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline. Hartline agreed to terms on Monday on a two-year deal worth $6 million.

The 28-year-old caught only 39 passes for 474 yards and two scores last season. He registered back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons before his abysmal 2014 campaign.

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Christian Tupou
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With Johnny Manziel (hamstring) sidelined for the season finale and Brian Hoyer's (shoulder, bicep) status up in the air, the Browns signed quarterback Tyler Thigpen, according to CBSSports.com Jason La Canfora on Tuesday.

The team announced the move, waiving fullback Ray Agnew and signed defensive lineman Christian Tupou to the practice squad.

If Hoyer is unable to play, the Browns could turn to Connor Shaw Week 17 against Baltimore. According to La Canfora, Thigpen will be the No. 2 quarterback if Hoyer can't play.

Thigpen played with the Browns in the preseason before getting cut on Aug. 12. He has not made an appearance since 2012 with the Bills, and has not made a start since 2010 with the Dolphins.

Jacobbi McDaniel
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The Browns waived defensive lineman Jacobbi McDaniel and re-signed tight end Gerell Robinson.
Andre Smith
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Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is the most notable player listed as probable on Cincinnati's final injury report for Week 12 against Houston. He joins Wallace Gilberry (back), Terence Newman (knee), Cedric Peerman (hip), Mike Pollak (knee), Andre Smith (ankle) and Kevin Zeitler (calf) on the list.

Meanwhile, Vontaze Burfict (knee) and Margus Hunt (ankle) were the only two players ruled out for the game.

Christian Yount
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The Browns have listed nine players on the injury report Week 1.

Both Paul McQuistan and John Hughes have been ruled out for the contest. Defensive lineman Desmond Bryant has been listed as doubtful. 

The team did list five players as probable. Cornerbacks Pierre Desir, Joe Haden and Buster Skrine should all be good to go. So will safety Jim Leonhard, linebacker Eric Martin and long-snapper Christian Yount

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Joe Thomas
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Browns first-round pick Cam Erving began his college career on the defensive line, but when Florida State asked him to switch to the offensive line, Erving had to watch tape to learn the new position. 

The NFL player he chose to model proper offensive line play was his new teammate in the NFL, Browns tackle Joe Thomas

"Man, he’s just a consistent player," Erving said, per ClevelandBrowns.com. "He’s just one of those guys where you watch his sets and you try and see what he does – his stance, his steps, his technique, how he uses his hands. It was a great example to look at. Joe Thomas is going to be a Hall of Famer one day."

Phil Bates
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Quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder) and cornerback Justin Gilbert, who is being disciplined, headline the inactives posted by the Browns for their Sunday game in Baltimore. Also hurt and out are defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and tackle Ryan Seymour (hamstring).

A trio of healthy scratches include long snapper Charley Hughlett, offensive lineman Andrew McDonald and wideout Phil Bates.

Darius Eubanks
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The Browns placed linebacker Darius Eubanks and offensive lineman Michael Bowie on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Both players had shoulder surgery this month.
Scott Solomon
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The Browns have placed safety Tashaun Gipson on injured reserve, reports ESPN.

Gipson has been bothered by a knee injury and has not played since Nov. 23. To replace Gipson on the roster, the Browns elevated linebacker Scott Solomon from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. 

Pierre Desir
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Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil was asked during a radio appearance Thursday about which two returning players is he most excited to see next season. His response was outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo and cornerback Pierre Desir.

O'Neil indicated Mingo likely would have made a bigger impact last season, but he injured his shoulder in the first game and played hurt all season. He underwent surgery in February.

“It was so disappointing because I really liked how he was coming on through the preseason and all of training camp,” O’Neil said, per the team's official website. “I see him downstairs every day rehabbing his [tail] off.”

As for Desir, he got reps late in the season and impressed in a limited amount of playing time. The 2014 fourth-round pick wasn't expected to play a down as a rookie.

“I’m really excited about him because he has such a pro mentality,” O’Neil said. “We called on him at the end of the season and he was kind of a guy that we were counting on redshirting the entire year.

“One of the big questions marks about Desir: Was he going to stick his face in the run game? And he showed that he would. And he did a (darn) good job at the line of scrimmage pressing some receivers.”   

Marlon Moore
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The Browns have re-signed wide receiver and special teams contributor Marlon Moore, according to the team's official website on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old veteran was Cleveland's leading kickoff returner, averaging 24.8 yards on his 13 attempts last season. He has not caught a pass since Dec. 29, 2013.

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Connor Shaw
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New Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, introduced at a news conference Thursday, stopped way short of committing to Johnny Manziel as his starting quarterback. "We're not sure if our starting quarterback is in the building or not," DeFilippo said, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Manziel did not impress as a rookie. In five games, including two starts, he completed 18 of 35 throws for 175 yards and no touchdowns with two interceptions. Manziel ran nine times for 29 yards and a score.

Brian Hoyer is about to hit free agency, and undrafted rookie Connor Shaw is the only other quarterback on the roster.

The Browns own the 12th and 19th picks in the first round of this year's draft. They selected Manziel at No. 22 overall last year.

DeFilippo said he's looking forward to working with Manziel and that Manziel will have a "clean slate."

Tashaun Gipson
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Browns coach Mike Pettine said the team is very optimistic they will be able to sign safety Tashaun Gipson to a long-term contract extension, reports the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Gipson was not at the team's voluntary workout program Monday or Tuesday. The Browns have the right to match any offer to Gipson or receive a second-round pick.

Johnny Manziel
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If the Browns trade for Sam Bradford or select a quarterback near the top of the draft, it would likely mean that the team is ready to cut ties with Johnny Manziel

However, the Cowboys, who considered drafting Manziel in the first round last year, wouldn't pursue a trade for the troubled quarterback. 

ESPN's Ed Werder reported that the Cowboys aren't interested in trading for Manziel. The team will stick with Brandon Weeden as backup quarterback.