Browns starting defensive end Desmond Bryant announced today via Twitter that he has received medical clearance to return to football after undergoing a cardiac ablation Dec. 6 at the Cleveland Clinic.
“Everybody has been asking about my health,” Bryant tweeted. “The doctor gave me full clearance, and I am currently preparing for a very successful 2014 season!”
Everybody has been asking about my health. The doctor gave me full clearance and I am currently preparing for a very successful 2014 season!
Asked about Bryant’s announcement, a team spokesman said, “He continues to make excellent strides toward a full recovery.”To read more or comment...
The Browns have struck a deal on a contract extension with kicker Billy Cundiff, the team confirmed this afternoon.
Cundiff will sign a one-year contract worth $1.02 million, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported today. Cundiff was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the market opens at 4 p.m. Tuesday, but the Browns have secured his services for another season.
Cundiff, 33, played all 16 games last season as Phil Dawson’s replacement. Dawson spent 14 seasons with the Browns before the previous regime of former CEO Joe Banner and ex-General Manager Mike Lombardi let him walk in free agency. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers.
Last season, Cundiff made 21-of-26 field goals (80.8 percent) with one blocked. He was 2-of-4 on attempts of 50 yards or longer. Cundiff missed his lone game-winning attempt, a 58-yard try Dec. 8 on the road against the New England Patriots. He made all 32 extra-point kicks.To read more or comment...
The Browns have extended a contract tender to inside linebacker Craig Robertson as an exclusive-rights free agent, a team spokesman confirmed.
Exclusive-rights free agents are players with fewer than three accrued seasons. They don’t have negotiating power and must stay with a team if they’re tendered.
So Robertson will return to the Browns for the 2014 season after serving as a full-time starter last year. According to the collective bargaining agreement, his salary for the upcoming season will be $570,000, and he’ll become a restricted free agent next year.
Robertson, 26, started the 14 games in which he appeared last season and missed the other two with a sprained knee. Despite ex-Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s hopes that Robertson would prove to be his “ace in the hole,” he struggled.To read more or comment...