Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns punt three-time Pro Bowl selection Andy Lee in trade with Panthers
The Browns have traded punter Andy Lee and a seventh-round draft pick in 2017 to the Carolina Panthers for punter Kasey Redfern and a fourth-round selection in 2018.
The move came three days after coach Hue Jackson chewed out Lee on the sideline during the Browns' 30-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third preseason game and after Panthers starting punter Mike Scifres suffered a knee injury.
Jackson was miffed about Lee merely jogging instead of hustling and attempting to stop Adam Humphries during his 73-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
"[I took issue with] his pursuit," Jackson said after the game. "Let’s be very honest. We’re out there to play. If there’s another guy that has the ball, your job is to go get it. And the second time [he had a chance to pursue a returner] he did that [in the third quarter], so that was improvement. That’s something to build on. The first time he understood in his conversation with me that’s not how we pursue it, and he made amends for that. So on we go."To read more or comment...
The Browns waived nickel cornerback K'Waun Williams on Monday as part of their cuts to 75 players.
All NFL teams must reduce their rosters to 75 players before 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The separation was foreshadowed by a controversy.
On Aug. 16, the Browns suspended Williams for two weeks and fined him over a disagreement about the health of his right ankle. The Browns thought he should have played in the Aug. 12 preseason opener in Green Bay, but he refused. The team said Williams claimed he would retire.
His agent said a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic told Williams on Aug. 17 he needs surgery to have bone spurs removed from the ankle. Williams appealed the suspension and the fine. The Browns contend Williams never mentioned the ankle injury until the day after the exhibition opener.To read more or comment...
Click the link for an updated version of this story: Release of Paul Kruger shocks Browns players; coach Hue Jackson says, ‘There is a performance that we want’
Outside linebacker Paul Kruger became the most recent victim of an aggressive youth movement by the Browns.
Kruger, 30, is the biggest name among the players cut by the franchise Monday morning.
He started all 46 games in which he appeared for the Browns the past three seasons and had been working as a starter throughout this preseason. Rookie second-round draft pick Emmanuel Ogbah or rookie fourth-round selection Joe Schobert could become the new starting outside linebacker opposite Nate Orchard. They also have third-year veteran Cam Johnson and undrafted rookie Jason Neill on the roster.To read more or comment...
Browns starting center Cameron Erving is set to play in the third preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at Raymond James Stadium.
The starters are likely to play into the third quarter.
Erving, the 19th overall pick in last year's draft, suffered a sprained ankle earlier this week when the Browns and Bucs held joint practices. He left Wednesday's session early with an athletic trainer.
Coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday he thought Erving would play Friday, but head of football operations Sashi Brown didn't sound as confident Thursday.To read more or comment...
Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown said Thursday the franchise isn't looking to trade former All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon, but he also conceded Gordon has a price tag like virtually every player in the NFL.
Well, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported the Browns' price for Gordon when other teams inquired about him recently was a second-round draft pick and then some.
"I don't think they're going to wind up dealing Gordon. I don't. They're not shopping him," Garafolo said Friday on the network. "But they did have conversations with teams, and I was told that their price for Gordon was a second-round pick and then some."
If true, the price would be the same as it was three years ago. And it would almost certainly be too steep for any team to pay at this point, given Gordon's off-field history.To read more or comment...