Former Browns backup offensive lineman Oniel Cousins signed a one-year contract today as an unrestricted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Cousins, 29, will reunite with Buccaneers offensive line coach George Warhop, who held the same job with the Browns from 2009-13. Cousins wasn’t expected to return to the Browns.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Cousins spent the past three seasons with the Browns. He has been a backup right tackle for the vast majority of his career, but he started four games at right guard last season because Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston were sidelined with ankle injuries. ProFootballFocus.com ranked Cousins 71st out of 81 NFL guards last season.
The Browns claimed Cousins off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens in 2011. Cousins, a third-round draft pick of the Ravens in 2008, has started nine of the 60 games in which he has appeared during his six-year career.To read more or comment...
The Browns filled a major need today by signing free-agent running back Ben Tate. The team announced the move via Twitter.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing an unnamed source, first reported that Tate received a two-year deal. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the two-year contract is worth about $7 million.
Tate visited the Browns on Thursday and on Friday before finally striking a deal this afternoon. He’ll be expected to become the team’s featured back next season.
"Let's do this Cleveland!! #DawgPound," Tate tweeted after the news broke.To read more or comment...
Houston Texans free-agent running back Ben Tate is in town tonight visiting the Browns, a Browns spokesman confirmed.
If Tate strikes a deal with the Browns, he could become their featured back next season. The Browns could also draft a running back in May.
Tate, 25, has been linked to the Browns since September, when the organization traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for first-round pick in the 2014 draft. He is considered a good fit for new Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's running game, which is predicated on a zone-blocking scheme.
Last season, Tate started seven of the 14 games in which he appeared. He sat out the final two games with cracked ribs.To read more or comment...
The Browns signed former Arizona Cardinals tight end Jim Dray as an unrestricted free agent today, the team announced.
Dray, 27, spent the past four seasons with the Cardinals. Last season, he started 15 games and tallied career highs with 26 catches, 215 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
ProFootballFocus.com ranked Dray 62nd out of 64 tight ends last season. He did not drop a pass, according to the website, but it gave him negative grades as a receiver and in run blocking and pass protection.
In 2010, the Cardinals drafted the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Dray in the seventh round out of Stanford University. He has started 18 of the 55 games in which he has appeared, compiling 33 catches for 302 yards and two touchdowns.To read more or comment...
Cincinnati Bengals restricted free-agent wide receiver Andrew Hawkins has signed an offer sheet with the Browns, so the Bengals have five days to match it.
NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported today that the Bengals are now unlikely to match the offer after rethinking their position.
Apparently, the Bengals have changed their minds a few times.
When Hawkins originally agreed to the deal with the Browns Tuesday night, NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reported a Bengals source said the team wasn’t likely to match the offer. Then on Wednesday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Bengals planned to match the offer after all. This afternoon, Breer reported the structure of the offer sheet has caused the Bengals to flip-flop again.To read more or comment...