Sat, Aug 8th 4:36pm EDT
By Adam Koffler
Browns WR Jarvis Landry (hip) has passed his physical and has been activated from the PUP list. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Welcomed news in Browns camp as Landry’s status for Week 1 seemed to be in question when the team placed him on the Active/PUP list at the start of training camp due to offseason hip surgery. He’ll be locked in as the No. 2 WR in the slot with Odell Beckham Jr. operating as the No. 1 on the outside.
Wed, Aug 5th 3:19pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
New Browns TE Austin Hooper says he spent 2-3 weeks living with Baker Mayfield this offseason. (Source: Jake Trotter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The two worked out together after Hooper signed a four-year, $44 million contract with Cleveland during free agency. Hooper is likely going to see less volume than he did in Atlanta last year, but perhaps he'll remain an efficient target for an offense in need of a rebound.
Brown DL Andrew Billings has opted out of the 2020 NFL season. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Billings was a fourth-round pick in 2016 and had spent his career with the Bengals thus far. He had signed a one-year deal with the Browns over the offseason.
Browns S Karl Joseph (foot) has been placed on the active/PUP list from an injury that ended his 2019 season with the Raiders. (Source: Jake Trotter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The former 2016 first-round pick joins the Browns after four productive season with the Raiders. There is no new setback or injury for Joseph and he is on schedule to play when the season kicks off in just over a month.
Mon, Aug 3rd 1:42pm EDT
By Dave Kluge
Odell Beckham Jr. was quoted in a WSJ article saying “I just feel like the season shouldn’t happen and I’m prepared for it to not happen and I wouldn’t mind not having it. We’re not ready for the season, so why are we trying to push forward?‘' That interview was two weeks ago but just published on Monday morning. He has said that since seeing how safe the Browns facility is, he has no plans to opt out of the 2020 season. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Beckham Jr. caused a lot of controversy with his initial quote about not wanting to play in 2020, raising speculation that the superstar receiver may opt out. He quickly went in damage control mode and backtracked on his quotes, saying that he still plans to play in 2020. Beckham is coming off a career low in receptions (74) and yards (1,035) but still being drafted as a WR1 in most leagues. Our expert consensus rankings have him as the 12th overall wide receiver this year but he has arguably the highest ceiling of any player in the league.
Browns TE David Njoku tweeted on Saturday, “I’m all in Cleveland. Time to work.” (Source: David Njoku on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Sounds like Njoku and his agent Drew Rosenhaus have come off their earlier request for a trade last month. Maybe he wasn’t getting any trade partners or maybe he really does want to be in Cleveland. Either way, it sounds like Njoku is rejuvenated now and ready to work. He’ll work in tandem with Austin Hooper this season.
The Cleveland Browns have officially signed second-round pick LSU S Grant Delpit to his four-year rookie contract. (Source: Jake Trotter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: All of the Browns rookies are now under contract ahead of the 2020 NFL season. Delpit brings a winning pedigree to a secondary that has struggled a bit. He’ll compete for snaps at the safety position on day one.
Tue, Jul 14th 2:51pm EDT
By Adam Koffler
DE Myles Garrett and the Cleveland Browns are closing in on a five-year, $125M extension, according to sources. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The deal is not official yet, but it’s fully expected to be finalized in the coming days. Cleveland locks up their prized pass-rusher for an additional five years. He’ll be under contract through the 2025 season. In his short three-year NFL career thus far, Garrett has recorded 30.5 sacks in just 37 games played. His ability to get to the quarterback off the edge is a thing of beauty and the Browns should be ecstatic to have him under team control for an additional five seasons.
LB Jacob Phillips signed a four-year contract with the Browns on Sunday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Phillips was drafted by the Browns in the third round and will have an opportunity to compete for a starting LB job in 2020. He led the SEC with 113 tackles as a junior last season. Phillips projects to be a backup, but should play a key role on special teams for the Browns in 2020.
Tue, Jul 7th 8:29pm EDT
By Adam Koffler
Rookie first-round pick OT Jedrick Wills Jr. has signed his four-year, $19.702M deal with the Cleveland Browns. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The contract is fully guaranteed for the dominant offensive tackle out of Alabama. Wills will also receive an $11.889M signing bonus. As with all first-round picks, his deal comes with a fifth-year team option. Wills becomes the third top-10 pick to sign his rookie deal and he will likely be called upon early in his career to protect QB Baker Mayfield.
Tue, Jul 7th 9:52am EDT
By Adam Koffler
The Browns and DE Olivier Vernon have agreed to a renegotiated contract that will turn $15.25M non-guaranteed into $11M guaranteed through a $7M signing bonus. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Vernon will have a base salary of $3.75M with an additional $250K workout bonus. He’ll also have $2M worth of incentives in his contract. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent after this season in Cleveland. Vernon missed six games last year due to injury but has been a very productive pass rusher in his eight-year career when healthy. He’s totaled 55 sacks in 113 games played with the Dolphins, Giants, and Browns.
The Browns signed their third-round pick DT Jordan Elliott to a four-year contract. (Source: Nate Ulrich on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Elliott is a 22-year-old out of Missouri who should help bolster the interior of Cleveland's defensive line. He slimmed down entering last season, which helped with some pass rush moves. He was the 88th overall pick back in April.
Mon, Jun 22nd 12:55pm EDT
By Brad Camara
RB Kareem Hunt "no question" wants to sign an extension with the Browns, per Scott Petrak of the The Chronicle-Telegram and Medina Gazette. "I would not mind playing for the Browns for a long time," said Hunt. (Source: Scott Petrak on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Hunt will play the 2020 campaign under the one-year tender for $3.2 million as he looks to ink an extension with the Browns in the near future. It was reported that he is cross-training with the Browns wide receivers and that he understands his role as an No 2 RB. Despite forming a 1-2 punch with Nick Chubb, he will have a key role in the Browns offense and plenty of standalone fantasy value. Hunt said "he talks to Nick Chubb a lot, definitely think they can thrive in Kevin Stefanski's wide zone scheme. Points to Dalvin Cook's success under Stefanski with Vikings." The The 24-year-old logged 43 carries for 179 yards and two TDs to go along with 37 catches for 285 yards and a receiving score in eight games with the Browns in 2019. Hunt is an elite handcuff to Chubb and currently 31st among all running backs in the latest expert consensus rankings.
Fri, Jun 5th 9:14am EDT
By Brad Camara
Baker Mayfield is attempting to "streamline" his footwork from under center, per Browns' OC Alex Van Pelt. He is "voluntarily jumping into other position meetings, showing great leadership." (Source: Cleveland.com)
Fantasy Impact: “As far as the footwork goes, that’s the part that you can actually coach over the Internet, which is cool,’’ Van Pelt said. “The quarterbacks are sending the videos of their footwork to me. I can now go back, break it down and get on a one-on-one Zoom meeting with them and kind of coach them through the correction process of all the footwork we are going to use.” Mayfield will attempt "streamline" his footwork, but is also showing great leadership. “He’s done everything I’d expect from him as a starting quarterback,’’ Van Pelt said on a Zoom call with Browns media Wednesday. “His work ethic is great. He jumps into other meetings that aren’t required, and he’ll sit in the receiver meetings when they have them and will sit in running back meetings from time to time, as well." It's now or never for Mayfield, who is putting in the work this off-season after a disappointing 2019 campaign. The 25-year-old threw for 3,827 yards with a 22:21 TD:INT ratio across 16 games. Mayfield is currently 15th among all quarterbacks in the latest expert consensus rankings.
Wed, May 20th 4:51pm EDT
By Adam Koffler
TE Harrison Bryant, the 115th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, officially signs his four-year rookie deal with the Cleveland Browns. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Bryant was drafted in the fourth-round after having an incredible season at FAU his senior year. He went for 1,004 yards and seven TDs on 65 receptions. He won’t make an immediate impact as Austin Hooper and David Njoku are ahead of Bryant on the depth chart, but we could be talking about him as a fantasy contributor a few years from now.
Wed, May 20th 4:43pm EDT
By Adam Koffler
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, the 187th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has officially signed his four-year rookie deal with the Cleveland Browns. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Peoples-Jones will get an opportunity to compete for snaps in Cleveland behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. The 3rd WR position is very much up for grabs between guys like Rashard Higgins, Damion Ratley, and Peoples-Jones. In his career at Michigan, he combined for 103 receptions, 1,327 yards, and 14 TDs. While his production doesn’t wow anybody, he’s a physical specimen with great ball skills and has a chance to become a very good receiver at the next level.
Dontrell Hilliard signs one-year tender with the Browns. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Hilliard played on special teams mostly the last two seasons. He will compete for a reserve spot on the RB depth chart with D’Ernest Johnson and Benny Lemay. Hilliard logged 13 carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns across 14 games in 2019. The 25-year-old RB doesn’t hold much fantasy value.
Rashard Higgins is the favorite to start as the Browns' third wide receiver due to his chemistry with QB Baker Mayfield, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com)
Fantasy Impact: Higgins recently re-signed with the Browns and set to be third on the depth chart behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. "Higgins has an advantage over rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones in that he already has good chemistry with Baker Mayfield. With the possibility of no in-person offseason program or minicamps, a newcomer such as Peoples-Jones, the Browns’ sixth-round pick out of Michigan, won’t have a chance to get those much-needed reps with Mayfield," per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. He will compete with People-Jones for the Cleveland's WR3 spot. Higgins hauled in four catches for 55 yards and touchdown across four games in 2019. The 25-year-old is currently 151st among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus rankings.
The Jaguars and Joe Schobert reached an agreement on a five-year, $53.75 million contract Tuesday (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Schobert has had at least 100 or more tackles in the last three seasons. He totaled 133 tackles with two sacks and four interceptions across 16 games in 2019. Schobert will slot in as Jacksonville's starting middle linebacker. The 26-year old will once again be a solid option in IDP formats.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Browns fired coach Freddie Kitchens. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Kitchens reportedly believed he had the support of the organization but evidently did not. Cleveland was a popular preseason Super Bowl candidate but finished the year with a disappointing 6-10 record. That includes today’s 33-23 loss to the lowly Bengals. The Browns will now be searching for a head coach for the second straight off-season.