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The Cleveland Browns have selected WR Michael Woods with the No. 202 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Fantasy Impact: Oklahoma's 6-foot-1, 204-pound wide receiver received an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection in 2021. Woods caught 32 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games. He is projected to be a player on the practice squad for the Browns and can be ignored in fantasy formats at this time.

Category: Transactions

Browns QB Baker Mayfield could possibly be traded to the Carolina Panthers as soon as Friday or the weekend. (Source: Kimberley Martin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There have been rumors circulating this offseason that the Panthers want to trade for Mayfield, and those rumors have been amplified since the Panthers didn't use their top pick in the draft on a quarterback. It's possible that he is traded in the very near future, and that would have a pretty notable impact on guys like DJ Moore and Christian McCaffrey.

Category: Rumors

Roger Goodell told ESPN Thursday evening that the NFL is taking Deshaun Watson's investigation "very seriously." (Source: Jake Trotter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He went on to say, "Our investigators are working on that. There's no timetable on it. The investigation is still ongoing." Once the NFL completes its internal investigation, a judge agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA will decide what, if any, disciplinary action will be taken. Watson reported to voluntary training camp for the Browns earlier this month.

CB Denzel Ward has agreed to a five year, $100.5 million extension with the Cleveland Browns. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ward, who the team used a first-round pick on in the 2018 draft, is now the NFL's highest paid cornerback of all time and will set a new market for defensive backs. He is a staple of their above-average defense, and they have secured him for the foreseeable future.

Category: Transactions

The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with Corey Bojorquez. (Source: Jake Trotter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bojorquez spent 2021 with the Packers and averaged 46.5 yards on 53 punts. In 2020, he led the league in average yards per punt at 50.8 yards. He is the second punter added to the Browns' roster this offseason.

Category: Transactions

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Cleveland Browns and David Njoku are in active talks in regards to a contract extension after the TE received the franchise tag earlier this offseason. (Source: NFL Network)

Fantasy Impact: Njoku, still just 25 years old, has failed to live up to fantasy managers expectations during his five year career after being selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. Njoku finished 2018 as a low end TE1, but outside of that campaign he has been unable to finish higher than TE22 in any other season. After his breakout season in 2018, Njoku played in only 4 games in 2019 and then has spent the past two seasons splitting TE reps with Austin Hooper, who signed with Tennessee earlier this off-season. TE’s sharing time on in any offense severely limits each players fantasy upside, so with Hooper gone and Deshaun Watson as his new quarterback, Njoku should be viewed as a late round sleeper to target in fantasy drafts with low end TE1, high end TE2 upside.

Category: Transactions

The Browns have restructured Amari Cooper's contract, converting most of his $20 million salary into a signing bonus. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The team also added two void years which saves them over $15 million in cap space for 2022. The restructure is similar to Deshaun Watson's and, in fact, the two together will make $66 million in cash but only count $15 million against the cap.

Category: Transactions

The Browns and Jacoby Brissett have agreed to terms to presumably serve as Deshaun Watson's backup. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brissett has played 60 games in his NFL career and has started 37 of them, so he is familiar with the role Cleveland is asking of him. Assuming no hiccups occur with Watson's contract and Baker Mayfield is able to be moved, the 29-year-old will serve as No. 2 on the depth chart.

Category: Transactions

The Browns have agreed on a trade to send QB Case Keenum to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a 2022 seventh round pick. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Keenum will now serve as the backup to superstar QB Josh Allen in Buffalo, replacing the now departed Mitchell Trubisky. His value is only as a handcuff in case of injury. Handy to have for any Josh Allen owners.

Category: Transactions

The Browns aren't expected to accommodate quarterback Baker Mayfield's trade request, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: That was quick. Just moments after Mayfield's trade request was made public, so too was the Browns' denial of his plea. Tom Pelissero noted that Mayfield feels "the bridge is burned and it’s time to move on now," but the Browns have no intentions of trading him. The former No. 1 pick has a trio of six-win seasons under his belt, plus an 11-win campaign that included a playoff bid in 2020. This past season, he made 14 starts, completing 60.5 percent of his passes for 3,010 yards, 13 interceptions, and a career-low 17 touchdowns. With Cleveland no longer in the running for Deshaun Watson, it looks like Mayfield will spend 2022 with the Browns, barring some type of trade, release, or holdout.

Category: Rumors

Per Jake Trotter, former Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins has agreed to a one-year deal with the Panthers. (Source: Jake Trotter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carolina adds some needed depth to their wide receiver core with the addition of Higgins. The 27-year-old out of Colorado State had a down year last season with the run-heavy Browns. Unfortunately, going to the Panthers does not increase his value enough to make him appealing in fantasy.

Category: Transactions

The Browns and linebacker Anthony Walker, Jr., are in agreement on a one-year deal worth $5 million. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 26-year-old will remain with Cleveland for his second year there. In 2021, he started 12 games with two pass deflections, 113 tackles, and one sack. He returns to play middle linebacker for the team that was 14th in the league in defensive rating last year.

Category: Transactions

Austin Hooper is going to be released by the Cleveland Browns as a post-June-1 designation. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hooper was underwhelming in his two-year tenure with the Browns but still should see some suitors when he hits the open market. At just 27, Hooper still could have some of his best years ahead of him if he lands on the right team. The move should free up plenty of opportunity for David Njoku who Cleveland franchise-tagged earlier this offseason.

Category: Transactions

M.J. Stewart, Jr., and the Texans have agreed to terms on a contract (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former second round pick for Tampa Bay has played for Cleveland the previous two years. In 13 games last season, he tallied zero interceptions, one forced fumble, and 47 tackles. He allowed only 7.9 yards per completion and gave up only one touchdown when he was targeted.

Category: Transactions

J.C. Tretter released by Browns

Tue, Mar 15th 11:41am EDT
By Leo Sells

Center J.C. Tretter was released by the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In what comes as a surprise to many, the standout center has been released by the team. He is also the president of the NFLPA, and losing him on and off the field will be felt by the Browns. Look for him to land on his feet on a team that needs help in the interior of the offensive line.

Category: Transactions

Sources tell Adam Schefter that Jarvis Landry will be released and able to seek a new deal in free agency. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With the arrival of Amari Cooper, the writing was on the wall for Landry to be able to explore free agency. In his eight-year career, the wideout has 7,598 receiving yards and 37 touchdowns. The move will result in more opportunities for Donovan Peoples-Jones and Rashard Higgins, though obviously, Cooper fills the WR1 role.

Category: Transactions

According to Ian Rapoport, The Browns plan to tender RFA RB D'Ernest Johnson. (Source: Ian Rapoport)

Fantasy Impact: After posting an impressive 2021 campaign, the Browns have decided to RFA tender D'Ernest Johnson. The veteran had had 100 carries for 534 yards and scored 3 touchdowns in 17 games in 2021. With Nick Chubb injury prone and now 26 and Kareem Hunt headed towards free agency next season, the Browns may be planning a bit ahead for the future.

Category: Transactions

The Browns are declining fullback Andy Janovich's contract option for the 2022 season, according to Ian Rapoport. He'll become a free agent when the legal tampering period commences next week. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Janovich is one of the best fullbacks in the NFL, but the dying nature of the position prompted Cleveland to part ways with him. He registered just five total touches for nine yards and a touchdown through 13 games in 2021 but added additional value as a blocker. His contract option for 2022 was worth roughly $1.5 million. Instead, he'll hit free agency where the other 31 teams can bid for his services. Meanwhile, the Browns will proceed with Johnny Stanton IV taking over as their fullback.

Category: Transactions

Jack Conklin and the Cleveland Browns have agreed on a restructured contract. The move creates $4M in cap space for the Browns, and fully guarantees $8M for Conklin this season. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Conklin, who suffered a torn patellar tendon in November, had been scheduled to receive $12M in non-guaranteed salary next season. He now has $8M guaranteed, and the other $4M were converted to contract incentives. Conklin gets a higher salary floor as he returns from injury, and the Browns create about $4M in additional cap space.

Category: Transactions

Cleveland Browns kicker Chase McLaughlin hit all three of his extra points in a 21-16 win over the Bengals in Week 18.

Fantasy Impact: McLaughlin wraps up a disappointing first season with the Browns. He hit just 15-of-21 field goals and 33-of-34 extra points. Cleveland is very likely to explore upgrading the kicker position in the offseason.

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