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Former New York Jets K Chase McLaughlin has reportedly been claimed off of waivers by the Cleveland Browns, per Field Yates. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McLaughlin split time with both the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets in 2020, converting four of five field-goal attempts and five of six extra-point attempts, including a successful 52-yard field goal at Lambeau Field. The 25-year old kicker joins Cody Parkey and Matthew McCrane as the third placekicker on the Browns' roster and is expected to compete with the others during training camp to earn the starting job. Parkey was much improved in 2020, converting 19-of-22 field goal attempts but missed an extra point attempt in three of the team's final four regular-season games. All three of Parkey's missed field goal attempts occurred in one-possession games, which indicates the Browns are seeking improvement or preparing for his eventual replacement in 2021.

Category: Transactions


The Browns have exercised the fifth-year option of DB Denzel Ward. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cleveland picked up Ward's fifth-year option for $13.3 million for the 2022 season. The 23-year-old DB will be under contract with the Browns for the next two seasons. He plays a key role in the Browns secondary but has missed 11 games in his first three seasons. Ward racked up 46 tackles, two interceptions, and one forced fumble across 12 games in 2020.

Category: Transactions


Jake Trotter of ESPN reports that the Browns have exercised the fifth-year option of QB Baker Mayfield. (Source: Jake Trotter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Trotter went on to say that the move will extend Mayfield's contract through 2022. Mayfield had a bounce-back season in 2020 under new OC Kevin Stefanski. He threw for 26 touchdowns and only eight interceptions after throwing 21 of them in 2019. The play-action really helped Mayfield operate and open up things for him. He showed enough last season to gain the Browns trust in him and he was rewarded by getting his contract exercised for a fifth-year option. While he isn't a top tier QB, he can be a solid QB2 and streamer for fantasy drafts in 2021.

Category: Transactions


The Cleveland Browns released DT Sheldon Richardson on Friday. (Source: Cleveland Browns on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: This comes just two days after Cleveland signed Jadeveon Clowney. Richardson was due $12 million this year. We will wait and see what teams display interest in Richardson as a free agent.

Category: Transactions


Former Cleveland Browns S Karl Joseph is reportedly signing a deal to return to the Las Vegas Raiders, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Joseph will reunite with his former team in a new city but familiarity amongst the coaching staff. The sixth-year safety out of West Virginia was the Raiders' first-round draft pick (14th) back in 2016 and is coming off of a solid 2020 season with the Browns. Joseph totaled 67 tackles, four pass deflections, two fumble recoveries, and an interception in 14 games for Cleveland and will help shore up a Raiders secondary that was one of the worst in the league in 2020. He could pair nicely alongside Johnathan Abram and Damon Arnette, two of the younger and more raw talents that will benefit from Joseph's experience in multiple systems.

Category: Transactions, Rumors


Cody Parkey is re-signing with the Browns on a one-year deal, according to Tom Pelissero. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Parkey, K23 last season, made 19-of-22 (86.4%) field goals and 43-of-47 extra point attempts. He ranked 16th-best at his position in accuracy.

Category: Transactions


Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Browns are re-signing WR Rashard Higgins. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Higgins will resume his No. 3 wideout role assuming Odell Beckham Jr. (ACL) remains with Cleveland. "Hollywood" shouldn't be viewed more than a bye-week filler entering 2021.

Category: Transactions


Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku has officially received his fifth-year option tender for $6.013 million as of Wednesday at 4 pm EST. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot)

Fantasy Impact: Njoku will receive just over $6 million via a fifth-year option tender, meaning the Browns will pay him but can still opt to trade the former 2017 first-round pick. Njoku caught just 19 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns across 13 games for Cleveland in 2020. The big-bodied tight end is likely to remain with the Browns in 2021 and will look to make more of an impact within the offense.

Category: Transactions


Per Jake Trotter of ESPN, the Browns have tendered restricted free agent WR KhaDarel Hodge. (Source: Jake Trotter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Browns ensured that Hodge would not have a chance to become an unrestricted free agent as they will hold onto the WR and special teamer for the 2021 season. Hodge is expected to earn approximately $2.18M in 2021. Primarily a special teams contributor, Hodge caught 11 passes for 180 yard in nine games in 2020, but could have an expanded role especially if the Browns move on from Odell Beckham Jr.

Category: Transactions


Cleveland Browns DE Adrian Clayborn has been released by the organization. (Source: Cleveland Browns on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Clayborn managed 12 tackles, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a pass deflection across 15 games for the Browns in 2020. The veteran defensive end will hit free agency and look to join a team in need of depth at one of the most expensive positions in football.

Category: Transactions


Browns GM Andrew Berry says WR Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) is on track in his recovery from a torn ACL. (Source: Andrew Gribble on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Beckham tore his ACL in Week 7 and has avoided setbacks up until this point. Still, he'll miss offseason practices and is likely questionable for the start of training camp. The 28-year-old topped 75 receiving yards just once in his six full games last year. Coach Kevin Stefanski recently said he's "excited" for Beckham's return.

Category: Injury Updates


The Cleveland Browns defense turned in a decent effort in a 22-17 loss to the Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Cleveland managed one sack and forced one turnover in the loss.

Fantasy Impact: The score could have been much more lopsided but the Chiefs lost Patrick Mahomes to a concussion in the second half, forcing Chad Henne into service. The Browns got a sack from Myles Garrett, who played through an oblique injury and an interception from Karl Joseph. Look for the front office to make upgrading Cleveland's defense a priority this offseason.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper caught 2-of-3 targets for 16 yards in a 22-17 loss to the Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Hooper came up small in what appeared to be an excellent matchup for him on paper. The big-ticket free agent signing from last offseason wound up being a bust for the Browns. He will hope for a bounce-back in 2021 but that will be tough in a run-heavy Cleveland offense.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones caught his lone target for a 23-yard gain in a 22-17 loss to the Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Peoples-Jones was quiet in the game. He turned in a handful of impressive plays as a rookie and could see a larger role in 2021 if the Browns don't add to their receiving corps in the offseason.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry caught 7-of-10 targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in a 22-17 loss to the Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Landry didn't do much damage in the yardage department but he led the Browns in catches and targets. His touchdown was a four-yard grab in the third quarter. Stuck in a run-first Cleveland offense, Landry will be a risky fantasy pick in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


Kareem Hunt finds end zone

Sun, Jan 17th 11:06pm EST
By Matthew Terelle

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt carried the ball six times for 32 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Hunt added a two-yard reception. The veteran tailback will be back with the Browns in 2021 after signing a contract extension earlier in the season but his upside will remain capped while he's stuck behind Nick Chubb.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb carried the ball 13 times for 69 yards in a 22-17 Divisional Round loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. He added four yards on two catches.

Fantasy Impact: Chubb had a rough afternoon as he dropped consecutive passes during a drive, the second of which looked like it would have gone for a long gain. The veteran running back is one of the best pure runners in the NFL and will be a solid RB1 in fantasy in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports Browns OL Jack Conklin (hamstring, knee) is expected to be available for Sunday's Divisional Round matchup against the Chiefs. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Conklin played through an illness last weekend versus Pittsburgh and wasn't able to practice much this week. His presence against KC will be needed as Cleveland tries to take advantage of their matchups in the trenches.

Category: Injury Updates


The Browns activated TE Harrison Bryant from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday and he will play in Sunday’s Wild Card game against the Steelers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bryant tested positive for coronavirus at the at the end of December, but was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday. He is now eligible to play in Sunday’s Wild Card game against the Steelers. Bryant is expected to serve as the backup TE to Austin Hooper in Sunday’s playoff game and is mainly a GPP option in DFS.

Category: Transactions


Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports Browns DL Olivier Vernon suffered a torn Achilles. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 30-year-old will miss Cleveland's playoff run as he'll undergo surgery that will sideline him for the rest of the season. Vernon recorded nine sacks on the year. His absence will hurt the Browns' pass rush.

Category: Injury Updates