Cleveland Browns: Andrew Berry makes statement, cuts four of Dorsey’s ‘real players’
By Randy Gurzi
Andrew Berry is in charge of the Cleveland Browns roster now and he made a statement on Monday when he cut four players that were signed by John Dorsey
Whenever a new general manager takes over a team, no one on the roster is safe. No fan base understands this better than the Cleveland Browns, who have gone through several changes since coming back to the NFL in 1999.
Now, they’re undergoing another change with Andrew Berry in charge, and he’s now working alongside head coach Kevin Stefanski to once again rebuild the Browns roster. On Monday, they got to work doing just that as they released four players signed by John Dorsey, the general manager who preceded Berry.
Dorsey, who took over in 2017 before infamously claiming he would go sign ‘real football players’ made some good moves but was also guilty of signing too many players from his previous teams that weren’t great fits while also overpaying for free agents.
Some examples of those players can be seen in the cuts that were announced as the Browns said goodbye to cornerback T.J. Carrie, linebacker Adarius Taylor, guard Eric Kush, and tight end Demetrius Harris.
Both Harris and Kush had spent time with Dorsey in Kansas City and were downgrades from their predecessors — Harris replaced Darren Fells and Kush attempted to fill the void left by Kevin Zeitler.
As for Carrie, he was a good slot corner but wasn’t worth the four-year, $31 million contract Dorsey gave him. In 2020, Carrie was due to collect more than $8 million from the team and clearly Andrew Berry was not comfortable paying that.
Their last cut was Adarius Taylor, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker. His signing seemed good at the time but he was hardly on the field in 2019 and his release isn’t unexpected.
Cleveland won’t be done making moves yet, but they made a statement by moving on from some of Dorsey’s guys on Monday.