Daily Dawg Tags: Browns close out the preseason tonight
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns close out the preseason with a game against the Chicago Bears with several roster spots still up for grabs.
The Cleveland Browns will be in Chicago tonight as they close out the preseason with a game against the Chicago Bears.
It will be the last chance for several players on the roster bubble to make their case, and the first time the Browns will play a game without cornerback Joe Haden on the roster since 2009.
In addition to finalizing some roster spots, the Browns also have to set the rotation at wide receiver behind starters Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt, head coach Hue Jackson told clevelandbrowns.com:
"“I think these guys are trying extremely hard. They have done a great job of blocking downfield. Sometimes their number is called and we don’t get the ball to them. Sometimes their number is called and we are not in the right spot. What we have to do is continue to work at it, keep getting better and see if we can get there.”"
It should be a fun night.
Cleveland Browns news:
Joe Haden signs with the Pittsburgh Steelers
The Cleveland Browns released cornerback Joe Haden early on Thursday morning, and by Thursday afternoon he signed with the one team that every Browns fan despises. Haden reached a three-year, $27 million deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to NFL.com and multiple other outlets. The contract pays Haden $7 million this season, which coincidentally is the same amount that the Browns wanted to pay him under a restructured deal.
Processing Joe Haden’s release
Cleveland Browns fans woke up on Wednesday morning ready to head off to work or perhaps to have a quiet, peaceful day at home. Leave it to the Browns to provide some intrigue to each and every day. The Browns released Joe Haden this morning, unceremoniously ending a seven-year career in Cleveland that saw the veteran make two Pro Bowls after being drafted seventh overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.
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Browns part ways with two first-round picks on same day (ESPN)
"The Cleveland Browns parted ways with two first-round draft picks on Wednesday. For most teams, this would be unusual. The Browns have now done this twice in a decade. Like it or not, it’s these kinds of moments that have made “That’s So Browns” a catchphrase."
Browns trade Cameron Erving to Kansas City (cleveland.com)
"Another Browns’ first-round pick bites the dust. The Browns have traded 2015 No. 19 overall pick Cameron Erving to the Chiefs for a conditional 2018 fifth-round pick."
Aaron Rodgers’ comfort level peaking (Sporting News)
"Mike McCarthy says his appreciation for Aaron Rodgers grows every year. And it’s not just because the Packers coach once again gets to work with a future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee."
Vontaze Burfict’s suspension reduced to three games (NFL.com)
"Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s initial five-game suspension for a hit he delivered during a preseason game against the Chiefs has been reduced to three games on appeal, the NFL announced Wednesday. Jon Runyan, NFL vice president of football operations, initially suspended Burfict five games. James Thrash, an NFL-NFL Players Association appeals officer who heard the appeal Tuesday , reduced the suspension to three."
Where do the Jaguars turn for their quarterback solution? (ESPN)
"Hours after Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone named Blake Bortles the starting quarterback for the season opener against the Houston Texans, Bortles acknowledged he doesn’t have much room for error. “As of now, I’m promised the first snap with the first group today at practice, and after that, who knows?” Bortles said."
Time for Aaron Donald to end holdout (Orange County Register)
"Aaron Donald deserves to be the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. So let’s just get that out of the way at the very top, lest anyone thinks sides are being taken in a contract holdout that has cost Donald all of training camp and preseason. Have we cleared that up? Good. Let’s make something else clear: It’s time for Donald to end his contract holdout and get back to Los Angeles."