The Browns signed offensive lineman Matt McCants on Monday.
McCants, 6-foot-5 and 309 pounds, will enter his fifth NFL season in the fall.
Drafted by the New York Giants in 2012 in the sixth round out of Alabama-Birmingham, McCants has appeared in 30 career games with three starts, all as a rookie.
McCants, 27, was waived by the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 26 during his fourth season with them. The Browns claimed him off waivers from the Raiders two days later but cut him Dec. 9. He finished last season by appearing in two games with the Chicago Bears, who claimed him off waivers from the Browns.To read more or comment...
The NFL could rule on suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's bid for reinstatement into the league in a month or so, ESPN reported Friday.
ESPN's Dan Graziano reported unnamed sources said the expectation is that the NFL will make a decision on Gordon by late April or early May.
An NFL spokesman said the league does not have a comment on the report.
When a banished player like Gordon files for reinstatement, the league usually attempts to gather the necessary information to make a ruling within 60 days of receiving the application, but there is no requirement to deliver a decision in that time frame. Gordon's business manager, Michael Johnson, told ESPN on March 1 his client would apply for reinstatement.To read more or comment...
The Browns have had or will have private workouts with all of this year's top draft prospects.
Top-rated quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina, Deshaun Watson of Clemson, DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame and Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech are included in the group. So is Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, whom the Browns are expected to draft first overall on April 27.
NFL Network reported Friday the Browns have already conducted private workouts with Kizer and Mahomes. Cleveland.com added a workout with Garrett has happened, too.
Neither coach Hue Jackson nor head of football operations Sashi Brown attended the pro days of Trubisky, Watson and Kizer. The Browns sent members of their scouting department to those events, but the organization's top decision makers weren't there because they value private QB workouts more than scripted pro days. So Jackson and Brown will also likely skip Mahomes' pro day March 31.
In addition to working out the top prospects, the Browns are expected to host them for official pre-draft visits to team headquarters in Berea.To read more or comment...
The Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com podcast is back, and the buzz is pro days. Specifically, Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich has been closely watching and analyzing the pro days of quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky and Deshaun Watson.
After talking about the importance of pro days, and the Browns' involvement in them, Nate offers and explanation for why the team might be preferring Trubisky over Watson. All of the reasons make sense, so if you disagree, let us know why in the comments.
This video could be the proverbial smoking gun indicating who head coach Hue Jackson prefers:
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The Browns are still seeking help at safety after another one declined to join them in free agency.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting safety Bradley McDougald struck a one-year, $2 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, NFL Network reported.
McDougald, who's from the Columbus area, visited the Seahawks last week. He also visited the Browns on Monday.
Then he chose the Seahawks' offer instead of the Browns' offer, even though he'll presumably be a backup behind standout safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas in Seattle and would have been a virtual lock to start for the Browns.
The Browns also pursued former Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson when free agency kicked off two weeks ago. But Jefferson told the Monday Morning Quarterback website he signed with the Baltimore Ravens despite the Browns and New York Jets offering him $1.5 million more per season than the Ravens did.To read more or comment...
The Browns hosted tight end Kellen Davis on a free-agent visit Tuesday, a person familiar with the meeting confirmed.
ESPN first reported the visit.
Davis spent the 2013 offseason with the Browns, but they cut him a week before the regular-season opener.
Davis, 31, spent the past two seasons with the New York Jets. He started seven of the eight games in which he appeared last season without recording a catch.
In nine NFL seasons with the Jets, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears, Davis has compiled 53 catches for 579 yards and 13 touchdowns.To read more or comment...
The Browns have made a statement during the pre-draft process: They value private workouts with prospects more than scripted pro days.
Although the Browns were represented by scouts Tuesday at North Carolina's pro day to watch quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and other players, neither coach Hue Jackson nor head of football operations Sashi Brown was part of the team's contingent in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The franchise, though, has had and will continue to have private workouts with the top draft prospects. The group includes top-rated quarterbacks Trubisky, a Mentor native, and Deshaun Watson of Clemson. Jackson and Brown were absent from Watson's pro day last week, but the organization was represented there, too.
All 32 NFL teams were at Trubisky's pro day, but no head coaches showed up, according to the News and Observer. John Lynch of the San Francisco 49ers and Kevin Colbert of the Pittsburgh Steelers were the only general managers in attendance, per NFL Network.To read more or comment...
The Browns could turn to safety Bradley McDougald to address a dire need on their defense.
The organization recently hosted McDougald on a free-agent visit, a person familiar with the meeting confirmed Monday. ESPN first reported the rendezvous.
McDougald, a Columbus native, has been a full-time starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the past two seasons.
He started all 16 games last season and compiled 91 tackles, 10 passes defensed and two interceptions. He started 15 of the 16 games in which he appeared in 2015 and tallied 87 tackles, four passes defensed and two interceptions. He started five of his 15 games in 2014 and racked up 50 tackles, seven passes defensed and an interception.To read more or comment...
The Browns added competition for incumbent kicker Cody Parkey by signing Brett Maher on Monday.
Maher spent the past three seasons in the Canadian Football League, playing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Ottawa Redblacks and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He made 41-of-50 field goals last season for Hamilton.
Maher, 27, has never appeared in an NFL regular-season game. He signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent from Nebraska in 2013 and also spent time with the Dallas Cowboys.
Parkey, 25, made 20-of-25 field goals and 20-of-21 extra points last season for the Browns.To read more or comment...
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney doubled down on the claim he made in January that the Browns forgoing national championship-winning quarterback Deshaun Watson in April's draft would be akin to passing on Michael Jordan.
"Some of the media folks got mad at me because I said if you pass on him you’re passing on Michael Jordan. But I don’t know how to articulate the type of greatness that’s inside of him," Swinney said Thursday during Clemson's pro day, according to the Charlotte Observer. "And for me that’s what Michael Jordan represents because that’s what I grew up with.
"I’m sure when Michael Jordan was coming out of North Carolina his 3-pointer wasn’t very good. And he probably had some flaws, whatever, when you start poking holes on him. But it’s who he was, that will, that drive. You can’t coach that and that’s what I want to make sure I articulate. This guy is brilliant between the ears and he’s special in his heart."
All 32 NFL teams were represented at Clemson's pro day, but neither coach Hue Jackson nor head of football operations Sashi Brown were part of the Browns' contingent.To read more or comment...