Browns Fantasy News

Jets sign a QB: Josh McCown

Monday, March 20, 2017, 7:55pm

Albert Breer - [Full Article]

Josh McCown's 1-year deal with Jets is worth $6 million fully guaranteed. Also has $2M in playtime incentives, $5M in team-based incentives.

Fantasy Impact:

McCown had the best stint of his career playing for Marc Trestman in Chicago in 2013. That year, he posted a 13-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio and averaged 8.2 YPA, a career high. In his 74 other appearances, he averaged 6.54 YPA and posted a 66-to-68 TD-to-INT ratio. Don't expect any miracles in New York, but Eric Decker and the other Jet receivers could have done worse than McCown.

Redskins sign WR Terrelle Pryor to a one-year deal

Friday, March 10, 2017, 5:10pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Terrelle Pryor found a new home.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports the receiver signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins for $8 million.

Fantasy Impact:

Pryor finished the season as the #21 receiver, though his numbers dipped over the final month of the season. Still, his output in the first 12 games -- 5.2 catches for 71 yards and 0.33 TD, #11 WR -- is very encouraging. He’d certainly benefit from an upgrade at quarterback, and should get one if Kirk Cousins remains in Washington.

Browns release QB Robert Griffin III

Friday, March 10, 2017, 1:45pm

PFT - [Full Article]

As it turns out, the Browns have more than one expensive quarterback they didn’t really want.

Or at least, they did.

Per Josina Anderson of ESPN, the Browns are releasing Robert Griffin III, after last year’s experiment never really came to fruition.

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin looked pretty good in the preseason, but only appeared in five games for the Browns compiling 886 yards on 147 pass attempts (6.0 YPA) while throwing more interceptions (3) than touchdowns (2). He did run for 38 yards per game and found the endzone twice.

Browns get a second round pick and Brock Osweiler from the Texans

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:01pm

PFT - [Full Article]

How big a mistake did the Texans make when they signed Brock Osweiler last year? So big that they’re giving up a second-round draft pick to get out from under his contract.

Osweiler is being shipped to Cleveland, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The compensation? The Texans have to give the Browns a 2018 second-round draft pick and a 2017 sixth-round pick. The Browns ship a 2017 fourth-round pick to Houston.

That’s right, the Texans are trading Osweiler away and giving up better draft picks than they’re getting back, just to get the Browns to take Osweiler’s contract off their hands.

Fantasy Impact:

Essentially, the Browns are taking on Osweiler's contract to get a second round pick from the Texans. Rumor has it, they may cut him after the trade. Meanwhile, the Texans clear enough cap space to make a run at Tony Romo.

Browns expected to sign WR Kenny Britt

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 9:49am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Browns are signing WR Kenny Britt, source said. 4 years, $32.5M.

Fantasy Impact:

The Browns started with over $100 M in cap space, so this does not preclude the team from re-signing Terrelle Pryor. Given is situation, Britt had a great 2016. He averaged 4.5 catches for 67 yards and 0.33 touchdowns in 2016 with Case Keenum and Jared Goff throwing him the ball. The Rams had the worst passing game in the league, and Britt still managed decent numbers. He turns 29 in September. We'll see what the Browns are able to do at quarterback, but this isn't a bad landing spot from him considering where he spent the last few seasons.

Browns want to take 'aggressive shots' to add talent

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 8:24pm

Browns.com - [Full Article]

You build through the draft.

Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said as much Monday afternoon in an end-of-year news conference.

But Brown, who reflected on a trying 1-15 season alongside head coach Hue Jackson and chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta, said they’ll work in “lockstep” this offseason to build up the team’s roster by any means necessary.

“We want to take aggressive shots at adding talent to the roster, whether that’s at the trade deadline, free agency or in the draft,” Brown said. “The draft is going to be our primary pipeline of talent to the roster but it’s not going to be an exclusive pipeline. I think we’re going to go out and look at all the opportunities available to us come March.”

Fantasy Impact:

Brown’s comments echo a plan outlined by owner Jimmy Haslam, who spoke Sunday after an overtime loss to the Steelers. Haslam broke down Cleveland’s path forward in three parts. Cleveland wants to re-sign our key players, be appropriately aggressive in free agency and have a great draft.

Browns WR Terrelle Pryor to have surgery on finger

Monday, January 2, 2017, 12:49pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor told reporters Monday that he will have surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his finger.

Pryor said he believes he will have to rehab for 3-4 weeks with the team following the surgery.

Whether or not that rehab will be his last act with the Browns remains to be seen. Pryor is eligible for free agency in March, and though he did a little early negotiating via the media last week, nothing has been settled. Pryor said Monday that he expects his agents to talk with the Browns “soon.”

Fantasy Impact:

Pryor caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards in 2016. He had one reception in three games in 2015 after the Browns claimed him via waivers, gave him a shot to transition from quarterback to wide receiver, then brought him back in December after cutting him in September.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Browns QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) took full practice reps again Friday. He’s expected to start against the Steelers.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Browns RB Duke Johnson (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 17.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (finger, knee) took full practice reps all week.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Browns WR Ricardo Louis (thumb) took full practice reps all week.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (finger) took full practice reps all week. HC Hue Jackson said he’d like to see Pryor reach the 1,000-yard mark. He’s at 913 yards now.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Browns TE Randall Telfer (ankle, thumb) took limited practice reps all week.

Steelers could rest stars in Week 17

Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 5:18pm

Tribune Review - [Full Article]

While steadfastly maintaining that the regular-season finale would be approached as “business as usual,” coach Mike Tomlin strongly indicated that several of the Steelers' star players will not be in uniform for Sunday's meaningless game against the Cleveland Browns.

Tomlin said that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell, receiver Antonio Brown and center Maurkice Pouncey “will get that consideration” as players who will be “preserved as we look into the playoff round.”

Fantasy Impact:

At 10-5, the Steelers clinched the AFC North title with their win against Baltimore on Sunday and are locked into the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs that begin Jan. 7-8. The Steelers will host either Kansas City or Miami one of those days in the wild-card round.

Chargers RB Kenneth Farrow heads to IR

Monday, December 26, 2016, 7:38pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

The Chargers have been using rookie Kenneth Farrow as Melvin Gordon's replacement. But now, Farrow is also going on Injured Reserve. He suffered a shoulder injury during San Diego's loss to the lowly Cleveland Browns on Saturday and his season is over.

Gordon is still considered day-to-day with his injury, but with the Chargers' season all but over, it doesn't make much sense to risk further injury in Week 17. If he sits, San Diego will incredibly be without its top five running backs for the regular season finale.

Ronnie Hillman -- who was cut by the Broncos just before the start of the season, signed with the Vikings in late September and stayed there for two months before being released and then catching on with San Diego -- is the team's only healthy running back on the active roster.

Fantasy Impact:

It doesn't seem likely Gordon will play. The story mentioned a possible Andre Williams return since he was on the team's practice squad at one point this season. Looks like Hillman could be in store for a nice workload in what is a tough matchup, however.

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