The Browns added needed cornerback depth by agreeing to a two-year contract with free agent Jason McCourty.
McCourty played for the Titans the past eight seasons.
Cleveland lost fourth-round pick Howard Wilson to a fractured patella in minicamp.
The NFL denied Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon’s application for reinstatement. He can reapply for reinstatement in the fall. Gordon hasn’t played since 2014 because of suspensions for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The Steelers open and close their season against the Browns. Pittsburgh hosts the champion Patriots in Week 15. Cleveland battles Minnesota in London in Week 8.
Browns’ VP Sashi Brown says the team will not trade for a veteran quarterback on draft weekend. The Browns, who have the top pick, also have the 12th pick. Cleveland has 11 picks in this year’s draft.
Sources say the Cleveland Browns have not made up their minds about who to select with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. The team’s decision appears to be between defensive end Myles Garrett and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
Browns’ coach Hue Jackson says the team will not trade the first overall pick in the draft. Jackson said the team is open to trading its second first-round pick (12th overall), and other picks to get help at quarterback.
The Jets signed former Browns QB Josh McCown to a one-year, $6 million deal. 37-year-old McCown, will be playing for his eighth team in 15 seasons.
The Browns have acquired quarterback Brock Osweiler, and his $16 million guaranteed salary, from Houston. Cleveland also receives the Texans’ 2018 second-round pick and a 2017 sixth-round pick. While Osweiler technically is coming to Cleveland, the team is not acquiring him to be its QB. Teams already have reached out to the Browns to inquire about Osweiler’s availability. The Browns are expected to trade or release Osweiler before the season.
The Browns do not sound eager to trade the first overall pick in the draft, but they won’t turn down calls. VP of Football Operations, Sashi Brown said “We’re going to responsibly listen to any opportunities out there.” The general consensus is Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is the best player in the draft.
The Cleveland Browns and linebacker Jamie Collins have agreed to a four-year, $50 million extension. The $12.5 million a year makes Collins fourth among NFL linebackers, behind Von Miller, Justin Houston and Clay Matthews.