Bonus: Players from previous years
This is by no means comprehensive, but just a quasi-random list of players I have been keeping track of. It could be that nobody cares about these players, but here they are anyway.
David Blough is the second-string quarterback of the Detroit Lions. Blough was undrafted and cut by the Browns in 2019. He had a great summer camp this year. Tell you what, John Dorsey never misses on quarterbacks.
Pharaoh Brown, 27, is the starting tight end for the Houston Texans.
Jamie Collins, 31, is a starting linebacker for the Detroit Lions.
Austin Corbett, 26, former draft bust for the Browns, who could not play guard or tackle, is the Los Angeles Rams starting guard. The Browns had given up on him and were trying to convert him into a center. He has now started 23 games in a row. Pro Football Focus gives him the 11th highest grade at his position in the NFL. What the heck.
Cameron Erving, 29, is the first-string left tackle for the Carolina Panthers. The Browns drafted him as a left tackle, I mean center, I mean left guard, I mean right tackle, but for some reason, he never developed. He slowly improved while he was with the Browns, but they never left him at one position long enough to find out if he could actually play the position. That said, the Browns are better off with Jed Wills, thank you.
Darren Fells, 27, is a tight end for the Detroit Lions.
Garrett Gilbert is on the practice squad of the New England Patriots. This author has advocated keeping him as the third-string quarterback for the Browns. He can still be signed away if the Browns want him, but they may want to give Nick Mullens a shot.
Robert Griffin III is a free agent. He did an okay job as Lamar Jackson’s backup, but the Ravens have a kid they like better in Tyler Huntley.
Joe Haden, age 100, will never retire. He’s still playing for the Steelers. Back in 2017, I wrote an article blasting Sashi Brown (whose rebuilding philosophy I basically agreed with, but thought he went way too far when he cut Haden with $11 million of dead money on his contract). Many fans blasted back, gloating about how Corey Coleman was going to cut old Joe to pieces. Browns fans, please don’t gloat.
Dontrell Hillard, 26 is a free agent running back, cut by the Houston Texans. Ouch.
Hue Jackson is the offensive coordinator at Tennessee State. So glad to see him back into coaching.
Duke Johnson, 27, has been signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad.
Christian Kirksey, 29, is the starting middle linebacker for the Houston Texans.
DeShone Kizer, 25, was cut by the Tennessee Titans and has not caught on with another team yet.
Jason McCourty, 34, is the starting free safety for the Miami Dolphins, moving over from the Patriots this season.
Josh McCown looks to be retired, finally, we think. Last season, he was the emergency Covid quarterback for Philadelphia. They kept him on the practice squad and asked him to stay in shape and attend meetings via Zoom so that he could not be affected by contact tracing.
That way, they would have been able to avoid the situation that Denver found themselves in, with all quarterbacks were taken out so that a backup wide receiver had to be the quarterback one game.
Carl Nassib, 28, is playing defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders. It never did make sense that the Browns cut him in 2018.
Jabrill Peppers, 25, is the starting strong safety for the New York Giants.
Breshad Perriman, 27, wide receiver, was recently signed by the Chicago Bears after being cut by the Lions. How exactly does anyone get cut by the Lions?
Jordan Poyer, 30, is the starting strong safety for the Buffalo Bills.
Damion Ratley, 26, who like former teammate and role model Perriman is a wide receiver, was also cut by the Lions this summer.
Austin Reiter, 29, is currently a free agent. Does anybody want a good center?
Joe Schobert, 27, is coming over to Pittsburgh this year, bringing 141 tackles from Jacksonville with him from last season. Jimminy Christmas, Joe. While basically agreeing with Andrew Berry that linebackers should not be awarded huge contracts in today’s NFL, Joe Schobert is an outstanding linebacker, and a high character individual based on everything we know about him. Playing Pittsburgh is just going to be as rock ’em sock ’em as ever.
Mitchell Schwartz, 32, has not officially retired from Kansas City, but back issues forced him out of the lineup last season after compiling the second-longest consecutive snap streak to his buddy Joe Thomas.
Ricky Seals-Jones, 26, is a backup tight end for Washington.
Danny Shelton, 28, is a nose tackle for the New York Giants.
Alex “Youtube” Tanney finally hung up his cleats and is an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tyrod Taylor, 32, is the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans.
Kevin Zeitler, 31, is a starting guard for the Baltimore Ravens this season.
Doubtless, there are about 100 others that could be included. Please feel free to comment on your faves below.