Browns Fantasy News

Browns release CB Jason McCourty

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 2:06pm

Mike Garafolo - [Full Article]

The Browns have released CB Jason McCourty—who was their best defensive back a season ago. The Browns are renovating their secondary following the addition of Damarious Randall, and McCourty will be 31 when the 2018 season starts. Still, this seems like a curious move for a team needing talented playmakers on both sides of the ball.

UPDATE: Rather than releasing McCourty, the Browns traded him to New England.

Browns OT Joe Thomas to retire

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2:21pm

Sports Illustrated - [Full Article]

The Browns have been busy this offseason revamping their team, but will have to look forward to the 2018 season and beyond without the services of stalwart OT Joe Thomas, who announced his retirement today after 11 seasons.

Thomas had made 167 straight starts before a triceps injury sidelined him last season. It's sad to see him go as it appears the Browns are poised to win some games.

RB Carlos Hyde to sign with the Cleveland Browns

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8:05am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

A day after losing Isaiah Crowell to the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns are bringing in former 49er Carlos Hyde. According to Ian Rapoport, it's a three-year deal worth over $15 million.

Fantasy Impact:

Thanks to catching 59 passes, Hyde was the No. 8 fantasy scoring back last season in PPR leagues. He has yet to crack 1,000 yards rushing, but thanks to his receptions and touchdowns (86 catches and 17 total touchdowns) the last two seasons, Hyde has been a fantasy relevant RB. He could provide useful yet again this season, but with Duke Johnson on the team, and the possible drafting of Saquon Barkley, the touches may be limited in an RBBC situation.

Packers acquire QB DeShone Kizer

Friday, March 9, 2018, 7:13pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Per multiple reports, the Browns have traded quarterback DeShone Kizer to the Packers. He’s the compensation to Green Bay for the trade that will send cornerback Damarious Randall to Cleveland. It’s unknown whether any draft picks were involved in the deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Kizer was no longer in the Browns' plans at quarterback, so the trade makes sense from Cleveland's perspective. Brett Hundley did not impress filling in for Aaron Rodgers, so Kizer will likely serve as the QB2 in Green Bay.

Browns trade for WR Jarvis Landry, QB Tyrod Taylor

Friday, March 9, 2018, 7:05pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Two people familiar with the trade say the Cleveland Browns have agreed to acquire quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a third-round draft pick.

The Browns were expected to target a quarterback in free agency but instead have landed the dynamic Taylor, who will likely take over as Cleveland starter. The Browns are still expected to take a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft.

Earlier, the Browns worked out a trade with Miami for three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry. The Miami Dolphins have agreed to trade the Pro Bowl receiver to the Browns for two draft picks, a person familiar with the deal said Friday.

Fantasy Impact:

Likely out of the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, the Browns have elected to trade for a solid starter in Taylor and will likely pick a quarterback early in the 2018 NFL Draft. Taylor's presence will allow the Browns to be patient with their young quarterback, whoever it is. The Landry trade hurts his fantasy stock since his role was well defined in Miami, though he should still be a fantasy starter, especially in PPR formats. The Browns now have a receiving corps of Landry, Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman to go along with athletic tight end David Njoku. In Miami, Landry's departure opens up 161 targets, so depending on what the Dolphins do in free agency and the Draft, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills could see a big uptick in usage.

Browns hire Todd Haley as offensive coordinator

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 12:25pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Former Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who didn't have his contract renewed by the Steelers last week, has been hired by the Browns as the first offensive coordinator under Hue Jackson, a league source told cleveland.com.

Haley, 50, is expected to call plays under Jackson because of his vast experience in that role. He'll also have an opportunity to coach a new rookie quarterback such as Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen, who are candidates for the Browns at No. 1 overall.

Fantasy Impact:

The Steelers' offense has finished in the top 10 in both yards gained and points scored in each of the last four seasons. Coordinators with that sort of track record aren't typically available for a lateral move like this, so it's a good hire for the Browns.

Packers hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 10:16am

Packers News - [Full Article]

Mike McCarthy’s search to fill his vacant defensive coordinator’s job ended suddenly after nine days when the Green Bay Packers coach chose former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine to succeed Dom Capers.

Pettine, 51, was out of football in 2016 after compiling a 10-22 record in two seasons as coach of the Cleveland Browns and spent this past season as a defensive consultant with the Seattle Seahawks.

McCarthy had interest in Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, but it appears Fangio is going to stick with the Bears. He also asked for permission to speak with Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, but never got to interview him. Bradley agreed to return to the Chargers Tuesday night.

Along the way to his head-coaching job, Pettine was part of some of the NFL’s top defenses. From ’09-12, the Jets ranked 1st, 3rd, 5th and 8th in overall defense. Ryan received most of the credit for the Jets’ great defenses, but a Cleveland.com story said that Ryan turned over much of the responsibility of the defense to Pettine after the 2009 season.

In 2013, after Pettine went to Buffalo, the Bills ranked 10th in defense.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story mentioned, Pettine's defenses in New York and Buffalo all ranked top 10 in yards allowed, though they were 20th in points allowed in three straight seasons (two in New York and one in Buffalo). There may be some growing pains along the way, but this looks like a good hire for Green Bay.

Browns to stick with Hue Jackson as head coach

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 6:01pm

Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns Jim Haslam reiterated Hue Jackson will be back in 2018.

Fantasy Impact:

Even after a season with no wins, the Browns have two first round picks and the re-emergence of Josh Gordon at WR to build on in the offseason. But the team desperately needs a quarterback. DeShone Kizer didn't really give the team reason to be optimistic, so it's possible the Browns use one of their first rounders on another signal caller.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Browns RB Matthew Dayes (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 17.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (shoulder, ribs) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Crowell was removed from the injury report so he’ll play against the Steelers, who are resting their stars.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Browns WR Sammie Coates (shoulder) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Steelers WR Antonio Brown (calf, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant will pick up the slack against the Browns. Landry Jones will be under center, so this isn’t as great of a spot as it otherwise would be if Ben Roethlisberger were playing.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Browns RB Dan Vitale (groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Browns RB Duke Johnson (shoulder) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week.

Report: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB LeVeon Bell to sit Week 17

Thursday, December 28, 2017, 4:16pm

Tim Benz - [Full Article]

According to a tweet by Steelers beat writer Joe Rutter, both Bell and Roethlisberger will miss this week's game versus the Cleveland Browns, according to Steelers' OT Marcus Gilbert.

Fantasy Impact:

With Antonio Brown already out, that means the Steelers will be without their No. 1 RB, No. 1 WR, and starting QB.

JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant will be the team's top WRs, with Roosevelt Nix and Stevan Ridley mixing in at RB, with Landry Jones taking over at QB.

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