CLEVELAND, Ohio – The 2020 NFL year began at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, allowing teams to agree to contract terms with players on expiring contracts. Of course, most of the news began on Monday when teams and players could start talking deals.
And the Browns were busy.
They agreed to terms with 10 players via free agency and traded for another. They also released a veteran, tendered offers to restricted and exclusive rights free agents, and let others walk in free agency. Position groups have noticeable changes from what they looked like at the beginning of March.
The Browns’ roster will remain somewhat fluid all the way to through training camp. But now that the first wave of free agency has hit, let’s take a look at where the roster stands:
(NOTE: * denotes players acquired over the last week.)
What to know: The Browns addressed the need for backup quarterback by signing Keenum.
Nick Chubb: Dontrell Hilliard (tendered); Kareem Hunt (tendered); * Andy Janovich (fullback); D’Ernest Johnson; Johnny Stanton (fullback).
What to know: Kevin Stefanski’s use of fullbacks was confirmed with the addition of Janovich. It’s expected that Hilliard and Hunt will sign their tenders and return in 2020.
Odell Beckham Jr.; KhaDarel Hodge (tendered); Jarvis Landry; D.J. Montgomery; J’Mon Moore; * JoJo Natson; Damion Ratley; Taywan Taylor.
What to know: Natson was signed, but is likely to play a larger role as a kick returner than a wide receiver.
Pharaoh Brown (tendered); Stephen Carlson; * Austin Hooper; David Njoku.
What to know: Hooper is one of the biggest free-agent acquisitions of the week, and is expected to pair with Njoku in Stefanski’s multiple-TE formations.
Center – JC Tretter; Willie Wright.
Guard – Joel Bitonio; Drew Forbes; Colby Gossett; Malcom Pridgeon; Wyatt Teller.
Tackle – * Jack Conklin; Chris Hubbard; Kendall Lamm.
What to know: Conklin was the top right tackle on the market, and will replace Hubbard. The Browns have yet to address left tackle or right guard this offseason.
Myles Garrett; Porter Gustin; Robert McCray; Chad Thomas; Olivier Vernon; Trevon Young.
What to know: The Browns haven’t made any changes to their edge rushers. That includes Vernon, who is due to make $15.5 million this season.
Authentic Eli Ankou Jersey; * Authentic Andrew Billings Jersey; Authentic Brandin Bryant Jersey; Authentic Daniel Ekuale Jersey; Authentic Larry Ogunjobi Jersey; Authentic Sheldon Richardson Jersey; Authentic Justin Zimmer Jersey.
What to know: The Browns signed Billings, who was a starter with the Bengals, raising the potential of a three-man rotation with Richardson and Ogunjobi on the interior of the line.
Tae Davis; * B.J. Goodson; Jermaine Grace; Willie Harvey; Montrel Meander; Sione Takitaki; Mack Wilson.
What to know: The Browns were thin on experience at linebacker, so they signed Goodson, a middle linebacker who has started 29 of his last 37 games.
Robert Jackson; * Kevin Johnson; Donnie Lewis Jr.; Terrance Mitchell; * Donovan Olumba; Tavierre Thomas; Denzel Ward; Greedy Williams.
What to know: Johnson has the potential to take over as slot corner, while Olumba will likely be battling for a roster spot.
J.T. Hassell; * Karl Joseph; Sheldrick Redwine; * Andrew Sendejo.
What to know: The Browns could go into the 2020 season with Joseph and Sendejo as their starting safeties.
Jamie Gillan; Charlie Hughlett; Austin Seibert.
What to know: Natson (listed above with the receivers) is the noteworthy addition to special teams.