The Cleveland Browns need to get their roster down to 53 players by Saturday at 4:00 PM ET. Some moves have already come in, so we will begin to track them here in a live blog format. Please feel free to use the comments section to discuss cuts around the NFL who may be of interest to Cleveland.
Browns Roster Cuts Live Blog
3:38 PM: The final 53-man roster has been announced! Click here to see it. Please move further comments there.
2:03 PM: The Browns will get a sixth-round pick in 2018 for Gilbert:
1:43 PM: WHOA! Did not see this one coming: the Browns just traded CB Justin Gilbert to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Our story on it is up here.
Browns trading former first-round CB Justin Gilbert to the Pittsburgh Steelers, per league source. Rare in-division trade.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 3, 2016
1:30 PM: This is looking good for all of the team’s rookie receivers now: they’ve reportedly cut WR Taylor Gabriel and WR Marlon Moore. Our story on the news is here.
11:35 AM: At least I got this one right: the Browns are cutting TE Connor Hamlett, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer:
#Browns have cut 1st yr TE Connor Hamlett, who had excellent camp. Will try to sign him to p.squad. Pro keeping 3. Barnidge, Telfer, DeValve— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 3, 2016
11:30 AM: The Philadelphia Eagles have traded QB Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings. Cleveland will now be facing Chase Daniel in Week 1. Our story on the situation is here.
11:08 AM: According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Browns have signed veteran punter Britton Colquitt. This undoubtedly means the team will be getting rid of both Michael Palardy and Kasey Redfern. We’ve got the story here.
8:20 AM: Good morning, Browns fans. It’s cutdown day! Based on the reported moves from Friday, Cleveland should be down to 73 players that we know of (in reality, they may have informed their players of more moves). That means we should be hearing about 20 more roster moves today.
5:00 PM (Friday): Per Adam Caplan of ESPN, the Browns are waiving second-year cornerback Charles Gaines. Up until this morning, I had Gaines on my 53-man roster. A poor showing against the Bears changed that.
#Browns informed 2015 6th-round pick CB Charles Gaines that they are going to waive him, source said.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) September 2, 2016
4:15 PM (Friday): The team confirmed the signing of DL Stephen Paea. The corresponding roster move at the time was that they waived/injured RB Raijon Neal, who was carted off with a quad injury against the Bears. If nobody claims him, he’ll revert to the team’s injured reserve list until he’s healthy, before being released.
#Browns confirm signing we reported earlier on DL Stephen Paea. They also waived/injured RB Rajion Neal (quad)— Fred Greetham (@FredGreetham) September 2, 2016
2:45 PM (Friday): The Browns parted ways with DB Pierre Desir, per his agent. Desir was a fourth-round pick in 2014 by the Browns. He started off as a cornerback, but the new coaching staff this offseason switched him to safety, where he never really had an opportunity to make a splash.
11:06 AM (Friday): The Browns added DL Stephen Paea to their roster. A second-round pick by the Bears in 2011, can play in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense. He signed a four-year deal with the Buccaneers last year, but wasn’t a good fit for their team. The team tried to fulfill the veteran void with DL Nick Hayden earlier in camp, but he didn’t cut it and was waived last week.
Our final 53-man roster projection can be found here.