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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Browns selected Alabama offensive tackle Cheap Jedrick Wills Jersey with the 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday. And in a bit of a twist, the Browns had three of the top four offensive tackles to choose from.

The Browns went with Wills over Louisville’s Mekhi Becton and Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs. Georgia’s Andrew Thomas was picked fourth overall by the Giants.

Wills played right tackle in college, guarding the blind side of left-handed quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He is expected to switch to the left side with the Browns, who signed right tackle Jack Conklin in free agency.

Wills is the first Browns offensive lineman taken in the first round since Cameron Erving (19th overall) in 2015. He’s the earliest pick of an offensive lineman since Joe Thomas (third overall) in 2007.

Now the Browns hope Wills can provide stability at left tackle that has been missing since Thomas’ retirement following the 2017 season.

What grade do you give the pick? Check out the poll below and let us know what you think.

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The Cleveland Browns took the practice field Thursday in preparation for their game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Offensive tackle Cheap Kendall Lamm Jersey returned as a participant after not practicing Wednesday with a knee ailment. Center Cheap J.C. Tretter Jersey and defensive tackle Cheap Sheldon Richardson Jersey did not participate as they deal with knee and back issues, respectively.

The Browns also announced the signing of linebacker Cheap Jermaine Grace Jersey to their practice squad, releasing quarterback Eric Dungey to make room for him. Grace was a member of the Browns before the start of the 2018 season after his first stint with the Atlanta Falcons, who signed him as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Miami.

After the Browns released him, he spent time with a couple teams before going back to the Falcons. In all, Grace has played in 24 regular season games, 17 of them with the Falcons.

Former Browns’ owner Art Modell’s name is coming up again as the Pro Football Hall of Fame released their list of candidates for their Class of 2020 Centennial Slate Finalists. Modell is listed as one of ten contributors that will on the ballot and three of them are going to get in as well as ten of the 20 players and two of the eight coaches. These will be in addition to the group that is elected on a yearly basis.

This would represent easily the best opportunity for Modell to be elected to the Hall of Fame, which has always been a controversial notion because of his actions in moving the team to Baltimore after the 1994 season.

Former Browns linebacker and defensive coordinator Bill Cowher is also a candidate as one of the coaches.

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The Cleveland Browns have one of the best wide receiver groups in the NFL, starring Cheap Jarvis Landry Jersey and Cheap Odell Beckham Jr. Jersey.

The wide receiver class in the 2020 NFL Draft could go down in history as one of the most talented groups ever.

With Rashard Higgins still testing unrestricted free agency, Beckham and Landry both returning to Berea from offseason surgeries and a lack of depth, the Browns could look to cash in on this year’s attractive wide receiver class. Currently, other than Beckham and Landry, the Browns only employ Cheap KhaDarel Hodge Jersey, Cheap Damion Ratley Jersey, and Cheap Taywan Taylor Jersey.

With Hodge and Ratley’s potential still widely unknown, and Taylor a bonafide special teamer, the Browns could very well address the need for a cheap wide receiver in the draft.

Let’s check out what receivers could make the most sense for the Browns. I’ll start with high-end prospects and move into some sleepers.

  1. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma Sooners
    In a draft loaded with receiver talent, let’s start at the top with CeeDee Lamb. The 6-foot-2 receiver out of Oklahoma had a meeting at the combine with the Cleveland Browns, where he disclosed to Browns brass that Cheap Baker Mayfield Jersey was the best quarterback to ever throw him the ball at his time with the Sooners.

Lamb would likely cost the Browns the No. 10 overall pick, a selection that has widely been assumed to be a left tackle. However, if the Browns agree to a trade for Washington’s Trent Williams, or bring in free agent Jason Peters, reuniting Mayfield and Lamb in Cleveland could be a possibility.

Lamb possesses an elite downfield ability for Mayfield as he has an incredible ability to track the football in the air. He has really solid hands and does not drop the football. His speed, hands, and ball skills have even drawn comparisons to Odell Beckham Jr., who the Browns would possibly have to trade away in order to find a role for Lamb.

Even though the Browns met with Lamb, and he has a history with Mayfield, it’s still unrealistic for Cleveland to draft him as high as his talents warrant. Let’s look deeper at this class.

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ABOUT THE FREE-AGENT PERIOD

  1. I absolutely love what the Browns did on offense. If I had to pick three free agents who make sense for the team, it’s right tackle Jack Conklin, tight end Austin Hooper and backup QB Case Keenum.
  2. In his conference call, Hooper said: “Look at the talented roster… it’s one of the most talented entities in all of football.”
  3. Hooper then took a breath and added: “Especially on the offensive side of the ball. The guys on the perimeter with Odell (Beckham Jr.) and Jarvis (Landry). There’s having a talented QB like Baker Mayfield…” Hooper continued to mention the offensive line, the running backs and fellow tight end David Njoku.
  4. Hooper is right, the Browns have really upgraded the offense. That’s especially true if they draft or acquire a starting left tackle. Let’s not forget that the trade for Andy Janovich, as a fullback, is a big deal in the Kevin Stefanski offense.
  5. But what about the defense? That’s my concern. They signed several role players, but they don’t seem to have many impact players on that side of ball beyond Myles Garrett, Sheldon Richardson and Denzel Ward (if healthy).
  6. They signed defensive lineman Andrew Billings to a $3.5-million deal. Profootballfocus (PFF) believes the former Cincinnati Bengal is very underrated: “He has played 600 or more defensive snaps — a sizable amount for a nose tackle… in each of the last two seasons. Unlike a lot of men that large, he has also shown a little bit of juice as a pass rusher over center.”
  7. It’s possible the Browns can have three effective defensive tackles for two spots: Larry Ogunjobi, Sheldon Richardson and Billings. That is a positive.
  8. Right now, Olivier Vernon is the defensive end across the line from Garrett. If healthy, he’s a good player. But I don’t think he’ll stay healthy after missing four, five and six games respectively over the last three years. It seems the injuries keep mounting. It used to be ankle problems. Now, it’s knee trouble.
  9. A key part of ability is availability. It’s why I believe the Browns are shopping for a defensive end rather than pay Vernon $15 million. They have Chad Thomas, a player former GM John Dorsey took in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Dorsey thought Thomas could develop into a starter or at least be a very effective pass rusher off the bench. Thomas had four sacks last season, but was up-and-down. Not sure what the current front office thinks of Thomas.

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  1. A huge key to the Browns defense playing well is Ward. He missed three games as a rookie in 2018 because of a concussion. Last season, he missed four games due to a hamstring injury. For his young career, the Nordonia product has allowed 49 percent of passes thrown in his direction to be completed.
  2. Many fans and media members tend to remember when a cornerback gives up a long gain. Ward has picked off five passes in his career and allowed six TDs. I remember some blown tackles and poor coverage. But the data (profootballreference) shows he is very effective.
  3. Dorsey wanted to nail down the corners of his defense by taking Ward and Greedy Williams in back-to-back seasons. As a rookie, Williams allowed 61 percent of passes in his area to be completed, an 84.5 rating. That was OK for a rookie year. Like Ward, he missed four games last season due to a hamstring injury. Williams didn’t pick off any passes.
  4. The Browns still have veteran cornerback Cheap Terrance Mitchell Jersey, a pretty good player. They signed Cheap Kevin Johnson Jersey, a former first-round pick by Houston in 2016. Johnson was considered a bust by the Texans. He also missed 10 games in 2016 (broken foot) and 15 games in 2018 (concussions).
  5. Last season, Johnson signed with Buffalo and had some success covering slot receivers. He’ll replace departed TJ Carrie in that role. If Johnson stays healthy, that could work. Profootballfocus on Johnson: “He can play either in the slot or out wide. This is a strong depth signing at a cheap price that could end up paying off big if Johnson stays healthy and builds on last season.”
  6. So the cornerback situation is positive, but health is an issue. That’s especially true for Ward, who is a Pro Bowl-caliber talent if he can stay on the field.
  7. The Browns added veteran safeties Karl Joseph and Cheap Andrew Sendejo Jersey. I wish they had a play-making safety. In 2018 when his attitude was positive, Damarious Randall filled that role. Last season, Randall had some injuries. He clashed with former coach Freddie Kitchens. Randall is now a free agent and so far, no one has signed him. I would not bring him back because he also had attitude issues in Green Bay.
  8. Joseph played for the Raiders but his season ended after nine games when he sustained a foot injury that required surgery. He is more of a run-stopping strong safety, not a coverage guy. I’m all for stopping the run, something the Browns rarely do well.
  9. They also signed the 32-year-old Sendejo to help at safety. He could end up being a very important player because they are so young at that position. Another Dorsey draft pick is Sheldrick Redwine, a fourth-rounder in 2019. Maybe he develops into a consistent starter. Too soon to know.
  10. Question marks loom over the linebacker position. Dorsey draft picks Sione Takitaki and Cheap Mack Wilson Jersey are projected starters. They signed BJ Goodson to replace Joe Schobert (who will be missed). Goodson played only 25 percent of the snaps with Green Bay last year.
  11. There is very little risk with any of the Browns free-agent signings on defense. All are on modest one-year contracts: Johnson, Goodson, Joseph, Billings and Sendejo. But there is a reason they were available for those deals, be it injury history and/or lack of production.
  12. The Browns have time and the NFL draft to address some of these holes on defense. Trades also are made during the draft. They clearly put the emphasis on offense during free agency. The goal is to arm Baker Mayfield to grow into a dependable and effective NFL QB.
  13. It’s important to understand the Browns were a 6-10 team, and the problems were deeper than coaching. I was one of many in the media who overrated them last year. This time, I’m pleased with what they’ve done so far, but also more guarded when looking at the big picture of the roster.

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CHRIS HUBBARD’S NEW DEAL

When the Browns signed Chris Hubbard in 2018, they gave him a five-year, $36-million ($15 million guaranteed) deal according to overthecap. He had previously played four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He started only four games in his first three seasons. In 2017, he started 10 games. That was it, 14 games in four years for the offensive lineman.

Dorsey thought Hubbard was growing into at least an average offensive tackle. That sometimes happens to players on the offensive line. Yes, there are immediate starters, but many need a few years to figure out the pro game.

With the Steelers, Hubbard played about 90 percent of his snaps at right tackle. He also played a little guard and center. But his overall experience was limited.

Hubbard was handed the right tackle job with the Browns. It didn’t take long to see he wasn’t a quality starter.

Hubbard was due $7 million (not guaranteed) in 2020. He was not going be paid that after the Browns signed Jack Conklin to a three-year, $42-million ($30 million guaranteed) deal to play Hubbard’s right tackle spot.

Hubbard decided he was willing to stay with the Browns as a backup. The team likes his attitude and thinks he can help out at guard or tackle. So they reworked his contract – he’ll make $2 million in 2020 with a chance for far more if he plays a lot.

The 28-year-old Hubbard could possibly duel with Wyatt Teller for the starting right guard spot. He gives them some depth and it’s a good sign the front office was willing to see value in a player signed by the previous regime who struggled.

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YOAKUM – Damion Ratley broke from the line of scrimmage, put a move on Jordan Moore and hauled in a pass from Wille Hights in the end zone.

“That’s one snow cone,” Ratley barked at Moore.

Ratley’s remark was made in a light-hearted manner, but with a message.

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Ratley wanted to emphasize to the small group of players who had gathered at Bulldog Stadium in the blazing heat to take what they were doing seriously.

Ratley held himself accountable, dropping to the turf for pushups whenever Moore got the better of him or he failed to catch the ball.

“It means a lot,” Jordan Moore said. “Seeing what Cheap Damion Ratley Jersey did just motivates us. What he’s doing now has always been a childhood dream of mine. He did every step we did, the same workout, he went to the same high school, he put on the same uniform. It’s motivation to see him come out here and make me better. You don’t see that everywhere.”

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Ratley, who is about to begin his third season as a receiver with the Cleveland Browns, joined fellow Yoakum graduates Jordan Moore, Josh Moore, Tre Hights, and Willie Hights, Cuero graduate Jordan Whittington, and current Yoakum player Jayden Jones for the workout, which lasted almost three hours.

The players are doing their best to stay in shape while official activities have been suspended because of the COVID-19 virus.

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“We’re trying to make the best of this right here,” Jordan Moore said. “It’s the first time we’ve been all together. To have all of us out here at the same time and making sure we’re better and putting out for 361 means a lot.”

Jordan Moore was actually one of the luckier players. The University of Houston completed all but the final two days of its spring practice.

“I had a real good spring,” he said. “I’m coming off a decent end of the year after I got over that adversity that I went through. I’m ready and I’m hungry. I’m ready to put UH back on the map.”

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Josh Moore and Whittington weren’t as fortunate. Texas was scheduled to begin spring practice Thursday and it has been canceled.

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Whittington, who will be a redshirt freshman, and Moore, who will be a sophomore, were instructed by Texas not to comment, and Ratley chose not to comment.

But the stoppage could be the toughest for Tre Hights, who recently completed his career at TCU.

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“You can always look back and think you could have done things better,” he said. “But I enjoyed the process for sure. I enjoyed my time there and I’m grateful for everything they gave me.”

Tre Hights graduated from TCU in June with a degree is sociology and a minor in psychology.

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He is still taking online classes and hopes to continue playing football, but was dealt a blow when TCU was forced to cancel its pro day.

“I’ve been working out and getting a few calls,” Hights said. “Having no pro day really hurt me. I’ll take whatever route I have to take. I’m also prepared to further my education.”

Tre Hights, who brought his 7-year-old cousin, Trent Hights, to the practice, has already thought about life beyond football.

“The main thing for me is I want to make a difference in the community,” Tre Hights said. “I want to come back to Yoakum and make a difference. There are a lot of young kids, who if I could have helped could have been even better at what they do.”

The players hope to continue with their informal workouts, which often come together at a moment’s notice.

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“It’s really crazy.” Jordan Moore said. “We just text, ‘The field at 12,’” and everyone is out there. That’s the crazy thing about it.”

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The Cleveland Browns are signing quarterback Case Keenum to a three-year deal worth $18 million, including $10 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Keenum’s interest from Cleveland has been well-documented since the beginning. Head coach Kevin Stefanski and Keenum worked together with the Minnesota Vikings in 2017.

Keenum will back up Cheap Baker Mayfield Jersey, who is entering his third season in what has been a roller coaster ride early in his career. Mayfield completed 317 of 534 passes for 3,827 yards, 22 touchdowns and 21 interceptions as well as 28 carries for 141 yards and three touchdowns. Keenum should be able to pass along some tips of the trade as it relates to the offense and verbiage under Stefanski.

The 32-year old signed a lucrative contract with the Denver Broncos in 2018 after that impressive season in Minnesota. The union lasted one season, however. He was consequently traded to the Washington Redskins — who employed new Browns offensive line coach Bill Callahan last season — in exchange for draft capital in March of 2019. Keenum appeared in ten games with the Redskins. In those opportunities, he completed 160 of 247 passes for 1,707 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. The journeyman quarterback has played with six NFL teams since entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Houston in 2012. Over the course of his career, he has completed 62.4% of his passes with 75 touchdowns and 47 interceptions.

Drew Stanton and Cheap Garrett Gilbert Jersey were carried on the roster at quarterback a year ago.

It has been a big day for the Browns, who also agreed to terms with offensive tackle Cheap Jack Conklin Jersey and tight end Cheap Austin Hooper Jersey. Deals do not become official until the new league year begins Mar. 18. The team entered the day with roughly $61.5 million in salary cap space, according to Spotrac.com.

Cleveland holds the No. 10 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. They have needs remaining at defensive tackle, linebacker, offensive tackle and safety.

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The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including Baker Mayfield’s former coach talking about the quarterback’s future
It’s no secret that Cheap Baker Mayfield Jersey wasn’t at his best in 2019. The Cleveland Browns No. 1 overall pick was coming off a sensational first season which saw him set the record for the most passing touchdowns by a rookie. Making that even more impressive was that he did so in just 13 starts.

His second act wasn’t as successful though. Mayfield and the rest of his teammates all struggled under head coach Freddie Kitchens and limped their way to a 6-10 record which was a huge disappointment.

Now looking ahead to 2020, the question looms as to whether or not Mayfield is going to be able to rebound. If you ask his former collegiate coach, there is no question.

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Lincoln Riley, who coached Mayfield at Oklahoma where he won a Heisman Trophy, says Mayfield is “hungry” and that he will bounce back this coming season.

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Lincoln Riley expects Baker Mayfield to rebound in ‘20: ‘I know he’s hungry’ he tells ESPN — Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com

“Lincoln Riley expects Baker Mayfield to be the flag-planting, Heisman-winning, No. 1 overall pick with swagger that he was as a rookie again in 2020.”

Riley has always been a big believer in Mayfield so it’s not surprising to hear him say positive things about the quarterback. Unfortunately, until the season begins we won’t know for sure how No. 6 is going to play. Which means we will keep hearing the doubters ask the questions.

John McClain: If you get Clowney and the price is right, go for it; should sign a one-year deal, try to cash in after upcoming season — Bull & Fox, 92.3 The Fan

“John McClain of the Houston Chronicle talks about Jadeveon Clowney’s free agency without a signing to this point, whether the Browns should be interested as it’s been reported, Bill O’Brien’s trade of DeAndre Hopkins and the criticism he’s received since, Deshaun Watson’s standing as one of the top quarterbacks in the league and the uniqueness of this year’s NFL Draft.”

John McClain knows Jadeveon Clowney well from his time with the Houston Texans. If he says Clowney is worth picking up, it would be wise to listen.

3 things we learned from the 2020 season premiere of ‘Building the Browns’ — Andrew Gribble, ClevelandBrowns.com

“The Browns occupied suite LS 28C during this year’s Combine in Indianapolis. BTB’s cameras take viewers inside the room, which features a laptop full of the player’s highlights and lowlights and a white board if the player needs to diagram a play for the group.”

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BEREA, Ohio — The first day of free agency for the Cleveland Browns was all about supporting quarterback Baker Mayfield and reviving an offense that massively underachieved last year.

Out of the gate, the Browns made one of the NFL’s biggest splashes, committing a franchise record $63 million in guaranteed money to tight end Austin Hooper, right tackle Jack Conklin and backup quarterback Case Keenum.

Yet ever since that first day on March 16, Cleveland’s priorities in free agency have focused on patching up what had quietly become a rather depleted defense by signing a series of undervalued veterans to short-term deals.

Over the past two weeks, the Browns have inked safeties Karl Joseph and Cheap Andrew Sendejo Jersey, nickel corner Kevin Johnson, cornerback Cheap Donovan Olumba Jersey, linebacker B.J. Goodson, defensive tackle Andrew Billings and, most recently, defensive end Adrian Clayborn.

Joseph and Sendejo almost certainly will start. Johnson and Goodson will play key, if not starting, roles as well. Billings and Clayborn are locks to be in the rotation along the defensive line.

And yet, only Clayborn and Olumba were given two-year contracts. The rest signed for one year only, underscoring an interesting and potentially shrewd offseason strategy for the defensive side from Cleveland’s new front office.

Signing so many players to one-year deals figures to achieve at least three objectives for the new Browns regime as they attempt to retool the defense for the new coaching staff. The one-year tact provides the Browns with the opportunity to evaluate these veterans for long-term fit without the long-term financial commitment. It bridges the gap as promising young prospects such as safety Sheldrick Redwine, linebackers Mack Wilson and Sione Takitaki, defensive end Chad Thomas and whomever Cleveland might draft on the defensive side later this month continue to develop.

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And it sets up the Browns to cash in on compensatory picks, should any of these newcomers leave after the season. In the new collective bargaining agreement, free agents who sign one-year deals that still make at least $1.75 million factor into the gains in the losses in the compensatory formula. Not so coincidentally, of all the free agents the Browns have secured via one-year deals, only returner JoJo Natson signed for less than the $1.75 million threshold.

Meanwhile, in the short term, these offseason additions stand to bolster a defense that, like the offense, also underperformed last year, finishing 23rd in the NFL in efficiency.

Joseph is a former first-round pick who still has upside. Alongside him, Sendejo has the flexibility to man either strong or free safety. Goodson proved to be a solid two-down linebacker in Green Bay. Johnson, when healthy, has been a willing and able tackler out of the nickel, which is paramount in new coordinator Joe Woods’ defense. And Billings gives the Browns an athletic depth piece inside, which Cleveland lacked last year behind starters Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi.

Off the edge, Clayborn, Cleveland’s latest signing, provides the Browns with another capable pass-rusher, which the Browns severely missed following Myles Garrett’s season-ending suspension. In fact, of the 111 players with 500 snaps against the pass over the past two seasons, Garrett and Clayborn rank first and second in the NFL in quarterback pressure rate, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Cleveland’s defensive collapse down the stretch last year after Garrett’s suspension was overshadowed by the overall ineptitude of the offense. But to finally snap the NFL’s longest playoff drought, the Browns must make dramatic improvement defensively, too.

These new additions give Cleveland the chance to do so without compromising the flexibility of its future.

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The Cleveland Browns released linebacker Christian Kirksey on Tuesday.

Kirksey, who was selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, was one of the longest-tenured players on the team and played under head coaches Mike Pettine, Hue Jackson, Gregg Williams (interim) and Freddie Kitchens.

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The only players still on the roster with as much tenure as Kirskey are left guard Joel Bitonio, a second-round draft selection in 2014, and long snapper Cheap Charley Hughlett Jersey,who was signed as a free agent that same season.

Through a prepared statement on the team’s website, general manager Andrew Berry thanked Kirksey for his time with the Browns:

“Christian Kirksey has been a vital member of our organization for the last six seasons because of his contributions on and off the field. He has been a strong leader both in our locker room and in the Cleveland community. These are difficult decisions and, in Christian’s case, more challenging because of how well he has represented our team. We thank him for his dedication and wish him nothing but the best in the next phase of his career.”

Kirksey took to Twitter to express his gratitude to the team and its fans:

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The move will reportedly save the Browns $6.575 million on the salary cap. According to ESPN’s Jake Trotter, the Browns wanted to keep Kirksey under a restructured deal, but could not come up with a salary that Kirksey could agree to:

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It is not a surprising move by the team given that Kirksey has missed 23 games over the past two seasons while dealing with injuries. He played in seven games in 2018 while dealing with a hamstring injury; last season a chest injury ended his season after just two games.

Still, the release of Kirksey coupled with the expected departure of Joe Shoebert in free agency leaves the Browns currently very thin at linebacker. If the season were to start this weekend, the team would be looking at a pair of second-year players in Mack Wilson and Sione Takitaki as the starters.

It is hard to imagine the Browns holding that particular course, so this is a good time for fans to start brushing up on linebackers that will be available in free agency and the NFL Draft.

During his six years with the Browns, Kirksey played in 73 games and became a full-time starter in 2016. He served as a team captain from 2017 through 2019, and finishes his Browns career with 484 tackles, 11.5 sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, according to the team’s website.

He was also involved in the community, earning the team’s Good Guy award in 2016 and the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2018.

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The Cleveland Browns special teams were able to climb from the bottom of the league in 2018 up to the top half in 2019. Considering they chose to go with both a rookie kicker as well as a punter, the improvements were a very pleasant surprise. Although, the biggest change to the special teams unit wasn’t a player in 2019.

The former regime, the tag-team tandem of John Dorsey and Freddie Kitchens, did many regrettable things in 2018; bringing in Mike Priefer to be the special teams’ coordinator was not among them. Priefer came into a mess on special teams, the Browns team he inherited was considered by many to be one of the worst units in the NFL. Most notably the coverage units.

Countless times in previous years the Browns would score a touchdown, to either take the lead or get themselves back in contention, only to give up a big return and concede momentum back to their opponents. It was truly a vicious cycle.

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Priefer supplied the discipline and accountability the coverage units had lacked under the previous coaching staff. Players stayed in their lanes, didn’t over pursue, and most importantly made their tackles. Finally, sound fundamental football was back in the special teams’ room in Berea.

KhaDarel Hodge and Tavierre Thomas both proved to be excellent gunners and held down their positions. Rookies Sheldrick Redwine and Sione Takitaki, among others, provided lane integrity and prevented any big returns. With all the key contributors from 2019 returning, this could be a huge year for the coverage units.

The continuity continues at both kicker and punter. In last year’s training camp, there was a pretty close competition at both positions. Austin Seibert battled Greg Joseph in a neck and neck kicker competition, that in the end was decided by the fact that Dorsey spent a draft pick on Seibert as much as it was competition. The decision did not disappoint, as Seibert was very solid in his rookie year and will be looking to build on that in 2020.

The punting competition was a bit different, as undrafted rookie Cheap Jamie Gillan Jersey was taking on the incumbent, veteran Britton Colquitt. Gillan displayed a huge leg and tremendous athleticism for a punter, but he had an uphill battle as he had never held for a kicker in his short career. In the end, Gillan was able to get up to speed fast enough to convince the coaching staff that he was the man for the job.

Gillan, the “Scottish Hammer” as he is fondly referred to, had a tremendous rookie campaign that even included an AFC special teams’ player of the month award in September. The sky is the limit for both the Scottish Hammer’s punts as well as his career.

The last remaining piece the special teams need to address is finding a return man to take over the duties full-time. In 2019, the Browns gave many players the opportunity to return kicks and punts, but none of the candidates grabbed the reigns and made the job their own. In 2020, Priefer and the Browns need to find the man for the job.

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If they can put that piece in place, the Browns’ special teams unit could reach the upper echelon of the NFL and dare I say…be truly special.