Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Tuesday after practice. Below is a transcript provided by the team.
On terminating Phil Taylor’s contract: “Just given the depth that we had in that room, we knew we were going to have to make some difficult choices. I think you can group Kitch (DL Ishmaa’ily Kitchen) in along with Phil. When we were wherever Phil was and kind of in his state of rehab, he was well on his way to being back but just given the current circumstances of us needing to trim the roster down and where he was and how we felt about the room, we just felt it was the right decision for all involved.”
On the Browns paying Taylor guaranteed money factoring into the decision: “It’s something that we’re obviously very well aware of, but did not factor that in. When we talk about the roster, the contractual stuff to me is a secondary thing. You want to say with the 75 we want to move and then to the 53, I don’t think it’s very prudent to let the contractual stuff, especially given where we are financially. I don’t think you want that to be a factor in it.”
On DL Jamie Meder playing inside or end: “We cross-train our guys to play all those spots. I think Pete’s (vice president of communications Peter John-Baptiste) the one that put him as an end (laughter). He lets me know, ‘Oh, by the way, we put a depth chart out.’ I don’t even know other than just looking at the names, as far as guys, where they are. We might even list guys as left end and right end so I’ll direct that question to Pete.”To read more or comment...
Quarterback Johnny Manziel said doctors consulted by the Browns about an elbow issue that dates back to his freshman or sophomore year at Texas A&M have not mentioned surgery for the problem that will sideline him from the final two preseason games.
Manziel seemed confident that what he described as "elbow/forearm soreness, just some tendinitis" will not be an issue during the regular season.
"It kind of comes and goes," Manziel said Tuesday. "In the off-season, it’s really not usually much of a problem. OTAs wasn’t much of a problem, and then, as we get into camp, it’s a little bit of a grind. We are throwing every day. As I get a little bit more rest, it gets back to normal."
He appreciated that coach Mike Pettine and trainer Joe Sheehan wanted to shut him down and give him a break.To read more or comment...
The Browns terminated the contract of defensive lineman Phil Taylor in a surprising move as the team trimmed its roster to 75 players before Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline.
Taylor, a first-round draft pick (21st overall) in 2011, had been limited throughout training camp because he underwent two surgeries on his right knee last year.
But most observers expected Taylor to make the team partly because the Browns picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, guaranteeing his base salary of $5.477 million once he was on the roster at the beginning of the league year.
On Tuesday, Browns coach Mike Pettine called the money owed to the 6-foot-3, 335-pound Taylor "a secondary thing."To read more or comment...
Travis Coons, a University of Washington product signed by the Browns on Dec. 30, has apparently won the kicking job over Carey Spear.
Spear, a Vanderbilt graduate, was born in Mayfield Heights, Ohio and grew up in Highland Heights, Ohio. He was among those not at practice as the Browns made cuts to reach the roster limit of 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Coons went 1 for 1 on field goals, hitting a 41-yarder, and 3 for 3 on PATs through the first three preseason games. Spear was 2 of 2 on field goals, connecting from 47 and 36 yards, and 4 for 4 on extra points.
Browns coach Mike Pettine will address the media after the cut deadline.To read more or comment...
The Cleveland Browns are in the midst of roster cut downs. This week Nate Ulrich takes a look why cuts will be harder for the Browns this season, with the release of veteran defensive tackle Ishmaa'iy Kitchen being evidence. What could that mean for fellow defensive linemen Billy Winn or Jamie Meder? We also take a look at the secondary where rookie Charles Gaines may have played himself a spot on the 53-man roster.
We close this week's show breaking down potential moves to made on the offense, among them the seventh offensive lineman, the quarterback situation if the team could be monitoring moves other teams make at running back.To read more or comment...
The Browns placed third-string quarterback Connor Shaw (right thumb) and backup offensive right tackle Michael Bowie (shoulder) on season-ending injured reserve.
The team also put rookie cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee), rookie tight end Randall Telfer (foot) and backup running back Glenn Winston (knee) on the reserve/non-football injury list.
The moves were made Tuesday because all NFL teams must trim their rosters to 75 players before 4 p.m. The Browns reduced their roster to 79 players with the aforementioned transactions. A league source said the organization has also cut third-string nose tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen.
Ekpre-Olomu, a seventh-round draft pick, Telfer, a sixth-round selection, and Winston will be eligible to return to practice anytime between Weeks 6-11. Once a player returns to practice from the reserve/non-football injury list, he must be activated within three weeks or he will remain on the list for the rest of the season.To read more or comment...
The Browns have released nose tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, a Kent State University product and Youngstown native who spent the past three seasons with the team.
A source familiar with the situation confirmed the move Tuesday morning, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Browns have yet to announce it.
The Browns' decision to cut Kitchen is notable because he appeared in 40 games for them, but it shouldn't come as a surprise.
Kitchen, 27, is listed on the depth chart as the third-string nose tackle behind Phil Taylor and rookie Danny Shelton, the 12th overall draft pick. So it was rather obvious Kitchen would likely become a victim of the numbers game.To read more or comment...