Oct 27, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) is tackled by Cleveland Browns defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (71) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won the game 23-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Browns: Are more cuts coming?

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported this morning (28 February) that Cleveland Browns Defensive end Ahtyba Rubin may be the next player to see the door in the Berea. Per a Florio source, Rubin who signed a four-year deal in 2011 worth $26.5 million may be asked to restructure his deal or be released. Rubin is entering the final season of his current deal with a base salary of $6.6 million. If the Browns choose to release Rubin they will save $6.8 million against the cap heading into the new league year. This news comes just days after the Browns released long tenured Inside Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson.

ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi reported this morning that some possible surprise cuts to the current Browns roster could include DE Athyba Rubin as well as Quarterback Brian Hoyer, Safety T.J. Ward, Right Tackle Mitchell Schwartz, Inside Linebacker Craig Robertson, and Cornerback Leon McFadden.  Grossi also reported that current Browns Quarterback Brandon Weeden, Quarterback Jason Campbell, Offensive Guard Shawn Lauvao, Wide Receiver Greg Little, Wide Receiver Davone Bess are likely as good as gone.

The possibility of another round of cuts may not go over well with the fan base, especially since Hoyer and Ward are fan favorites. Although we have no insight into the Browns front office, these cuts may allow the Browns to go after necessary upgrades at key positions in free agency as well as lock up Cornerback Joe Haden, and Center Alex Mack to long-term deals.

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  • Brandon Willis

    I don’t really mind all those people being cut other than Hoyer (still want to see how good he can be witht he Browns) & Ward (been here for 4 years, and good friends with Haden. They have each other’s back in the backfield)

  • http://batman-news.com Brisco Brown

    If this is true and we are committed to releasing majority of these guys I vote to Franchise Ward and keep Hoyer. The rest of them are expendable IMHO.

  • Letterman007

    I can’t believe they would cut Hoyer, he is only decent QB they have on the roster!! They don’t need to cut Ward as he is a free agent anyhow! the balance we could live without except there would need to be replacements gotten either through the draft or free agency!! It will be interesting as they already have many holes to fill without creating others!!??

    • Gary

      I agree. This is all rumors and nothing else.
      Browns would be foolish to start dumping veterans. Hoyer deserves the right to start next season.
      You can’t fill a team up with nothing but rookies. They are creating way too many holes in this team.
      What seemed like some actual promise is turning into a disaster if they keep going the route they have chosen.

      • Letterman007

        Must agree,I realize that it’s a new coach and he’ll want some different players, but we can’t keep rotating stock and fill holes we have without going broke and running out of resources to replace people by !!

        • Gary

          Going to be a long off season.

          • Letterman007

            A lot longer than I thought if this continues !!

  • Sam Gold

    Good News:

    DT Ahtyba Rubin's agent Alan Herman met w/#Browns at Combine: "they're happy to have him on team, no changes to his ($6.6 million) salary.''— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 2, 2014

  • SDBrowns

    I am sooo glad I don’t have to read Grossi anymore!! Cut Hoyer, Schwartz, Robertson and McFadden? Are you serious!

  • Michael J. McCabe

    Grossi is delusional,Hoyer should be given a chance he was the real spark to this team