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Browns create room on roster for recently reinstated WR Josh Gordon by waiving rookie DB A.J. Stamps

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 26, 2016

The Browns made room on their 90-man roster for recently reinstated wide receiver Josh Gordon on Tuesday by waiving undrafted rookie defensive back A.J. Stamps.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell granted Gordon re-entry into the league on a conditional basis Monday and suspended him for the first four regular-season games of 2016.

An All-Pro selection three years ago, Gordon had been banished since Feb. 3, 2015. He has missed 27 of the Browns' last 32 games because of recurring violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Gordon will join the Browns this week as they begin training camp, which opens Friday.

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Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon reinstated into NFL, suspended first 4 regular-season games

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 25, 2016

Click the link for an updated version of this story: No longer banished, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon receives chance to revive NFL career

Browns former All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated into the NFL on a conditional basis and suspended for the first four regular-season games, the league announced Monday. Below is the news release from the NFL. Check later for more on this story.

Commissioner ROGER GOODELL notified JOSH GORDON of the Cleveland Browns today that he has been reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis.  

Gordon may join the team at training camp and participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities. Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Gordon’s clinical resources in Cleveland, he will be permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games.

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The Fifth Quarter: Browns WR Corey Coleman on coach calling him out: 'It leaves me burning inside'

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 25, 2016

Almost every day I spend covering the Browns at team headquarters, FirstEnergy Stadium or on the road, there are too many news items, notes and observations to fit into the newspaper. So this blog is designed to feature the nuggets that don't appear in print. They're like deleted scenes on a Blu-ray/DVD or the youth football players who ride the pine during the game but get to shine afterward in an extra session often called "The Fifth Quarter."

With training camp set to open Friday, I wrote a preview story about rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman's inspirational journey to the NFL. It's about Coleman persevering despite growing up surrounded by violence, drugs and poverty in a rough Dallas neighborhood and having a father in federal prison.

But Coleman's background wasn't the only fascinating subject he addressed in our interview. He also had an interesting reaction to coach Hue Jackson urging him to get into better shape during rookie minicamp in May. Here is more from Coleman.

Browns rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman felt his competitive spirit ignite when coach Hue Jackson publicly called him out in the spring and challenged him to get into better shape.

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Bears claim former Browns QB Connor Shaw off waivers

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 1, 2016

Former Browns quarterback Connor Shaw was awarded to the Chicago Bears off waivers Friday.

Shaw will reunite with former Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer and former Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains, who's the offensive coordinator of the Bears. The Browns waived Shaw on Thursday.

 "#DaBears let's get to work! God is great!!," Shaw wrote on Twitter.

The Bears weren't the only team pursuing Shaw, who started once in his two seasons with the Browns after signing with them as an undrafted free agent from the University of South Carolina in 2014. Fox Sports and ESPN reported the New Orleans Saints also submitted a waiver claim for Shaw and inadvertently notified other teams about it via email instead of just telling the league office. In the end, the Bears nabbed Shaw.

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Browns waive Connor Shaw, leaving four quarterbacks on roster

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 30, 2016

The crowded quarterback room of the Browns became a little less crammed Thursday when they waived Connor Shaw.

The move leaves four quarterbacks on the roster: Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, rookie third-round draft pick Cody Kessler and Austin Davis. Coach Hue Jackson has said competition in training camp, which opens July 29, would determine the starter. Griffin, who signed a two-year, $15 million in March, is the clear favorite.

Shaw, 24, spent the past two seasons with the Browns after joining them in 2014 as an undrafted free agent from the University of South Carolina. He missed all of last season after suffering a right thumb injury in the exhibition opener and undergoing surgery. As a rookie, Shaw spent 16 weeks on the practice squad before starting the regular-season finale. He completed 14-of-28 passes for 177 yards with one interception and a passer rating of 55.2 in a 20-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

"Thankful for the two years spent in CLE," Shaw wrote on Twitter. "Learned & grew a lot! Ready to see where God guides my family next!"

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Browns have entire 2016 draft class under contract after signing D-end Carl Nassib

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 29, 2016

The Browns have all 14 of their 2016 draft picks under contract after finalizing the rookie deal of defensive end Carl Nassib on Wednesday.

Nassib, a third-round selection (No. 65 overall) from Penn State, received a four-year contract. According to, it's worth $3.23 million and includes a signing bonus of about $890,000.

The Browns finished signing their draft class a month before training camp opens July 29. Rookies are scheduled to report to camp July 25 with veterans slated to do the same July 28.

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Cleveland Browns training camp: Previewing position battles on defense (podcast)

By Dan Kadar Published: June 29, 2016

Cleveland Browns training camp begins at the end of July, but it's never too early to take a look at some of the position battles that could take place.

On the Akron Beacon Journal and podcast two weeks ago, we broke down some of the positions that could be up for grabs on offense. These week Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich turns his attention toward the defense.

Although it's not a competition for a position, could we see a leader emerge on the defense? The natural choice when it comes to leading the Browns defense is cornerback Joe Haden. But with the veteran battling injuries, could a player like defensive lineman Desmond Bryant or cornerback Tramon Williams take a greater leadership role?

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Browns sign fourth-round draft pick Joe Schobert to rookie contract

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 24, 2016

The Browns signed outside linebacker Joe Schobert to his rookie contract, the team announced Friday.

Schobert, a fourth-round draft pick (No. 99 overall) from Wisconsin, received a four-year deal, which is worth $2.97 million and includes a signing bonus of about $634,000, according to

Of the Browns’ 14 picks, only defensive end Carl Nassib, a third-round pick, remains unsigned.

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