2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Cleveland Browns
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Browns have an underrated defense so don't discount them to win some games if the offense can produce a little. The offense is the big concern, though, with few weapons offensively and a likely rookie starting at quarterback. The Browns could use a run-first approach with new running back Ben Tate and rookie Terrance West. Cleveland is likely a few years away from making the playoffs but should make some progress this year. Things are trending upward for the most part.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
With Josh Gordon's status up in the air, the Browns are going to be looking for options in the passing game. We think Andrew Hawkins could be the most targeted receiver on the team. He could be a real good find in PPR leagues. Don't expect big touchdown or yardage totals but he'll get a ton of catches. Hawkins also can make plays after the catch, which is another plus for the coming season. Someone has to catch passes in this offense, and Hawkins seems like the best guy to do so.
FANTASY DUD
Receiver Miles Austin is likely to be a starter for the Browns but don't expect him to play like he did during his best days in Dallas. He has been very injury prone the last few seasons and likely has a rookie quarterback throwing him passes. Austin might be worth a spot start or two but the days of him being a sure fantasy thing are over.

Team Notes

Mar 02, 07:23 AM Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown will work with QB Johnny Manziel to help him get used to the NFL.
Mar 02, 07:23 AM Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown will work with QB Johnny Manziel to help him get used to the NFL.
Feb 28, 05:42 PM Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown has $6.25 million in guarantees in his three-year deal, and he'll make $5.25 million in 2015. The value of his deal is $14 million with the chance to make $20 million, according to a source that has seen the contract.
Feb 27, 10:22 PM Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown's three-year deal is worth roughly $15 million, according to a source.
Feb 27, 07:52 PM Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown signed a three-year deal Friday, Feb. 27, according to a source. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. McCown completed 184 of 327 passes for 2,206 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014. McCown has a good relationship with offensive coordinator John DeFilippo from their days with the Oakland Raiders.
Feb 27, 06:32 PM Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) has signed with the Cleveland Browns, according to his agent. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: McCown is likely to be the starter for the Browns this season as Johnny Manziel learns the position.
Feb 26, 11:42 PM Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) has had contract talks with the Cleveland Browns in addition to the Buffalo Bills, according to a source.
Feb 26, 07:42 AM Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is expected to decide on a new team by early next week. The Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns are considered strong suitors.
Feb 24, 05:33 PM Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is visiting the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, Feb. 24, and Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Feb 22, 09:23 PM Cleveland Browns DT Desmond Bryant had a strong 2014 season, and sources report he is confident he will not be asked to take a pay cut or restructure of his contract.
Feb 22, 09:23 PM Cleveland Browns DT Phil Taylor is due $5.5 million in the final year of his rookie deal. The team might approach Taylor about restructuring his contract or he could be outright released.
Feb 22, 09:23 PM Cleveland Browns impending free-agent CB Buster Skrine is expected to have a nice market after a good season. The Browns want him back, but might not be interested in a bidding war for his services. The team has met with his representation.
Feb 22, 09:23 PM Cleveland Browns impending free-agent LB Jabaal Sheard's representation has met with the team, but he is not expected to be brought back barring an unforeseen late swing.
Feb 22, 09:23 PM Cleveland Browns impending free-agent TE Jordan Cameron is not expected to be re-signed by the team.
Feb 22, 09:23 PM Cleveland Browns impending free-agent QB Brian Hoyer's agent met with the Browns in January, but it is uncertain when negotiations will relaunch.
Feb 21, 10:42 AM Cleveland Browns impending free-agent DE Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) is healthy. Rubin is likely done with the Browns, but would like to create his own market in free agency.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Donte Whitner, S; Karlos Dansby, LB; Miles Austin, WR; Ben Tate, RB. 

Losses:
Jason Campbell, QB; Brandon Weeden, QB; T.J. Ward, S; D'Qwell Jackson, LB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  8 Justin GilbertDB
 # 1  22 Johnny ManzielQB
 # 2  3 Joel BitonioOL
 # 3  7 Christian KirkseyLB
 # 3  30 Terrance WestRB
 # 4  27 Pierre DesirDB
 # 6  8 Kendall JamesDB
 Undrafted Connor ShawQB
 Undrafted Travis CoonsK
 Undrafted K'Waun WilliamsDB
 Undrafted Isaiah CrowellRB
 Undrafted Carey SpearK
 Undrafted Glenn WinstonRB
 Undrafted Phil BatesWR
 Undrafted Taylor GabrielWR

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at Pittsburgh
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     New Orleans
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     Baltimore
-- Week 4 Bye --
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at Tennessee
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     Pittsburgh
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
8     Oct 26 4:25PM     Oakland
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
10     Nov 6 8:25PM     at Cincinnati
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     Houston
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     at Atlanta
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     at Buffalo
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     Indianapolis
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     Cincinnati
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     at Carolina
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     at Baltimore
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