Day 2 of NFL Free Agency was not as kind to the Cleveland Browns as Day 1 was, as no moves were made and we saw the Washington Redskins get WR Terrelle Pryor on a 1-year deal. From what we hear, though, the Browns are not finished! Stay tuned to Day 3 of our free agency live blog — remember that newer updates will appear at the top.
2017 Browns Free Agency Live Blog - Day 3
9:22 PM: The news cycle is dry tonight. We’ll break in if we see anything, but otherwise, stay tuned for Day 4 of our free agency blog on Sunday.
7:18 PM: Some fans had a passing interest in WR Kendall Wright, but he is signing with the Chicago Bears:
#Bears agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth up to $4m with WR Kendall Wright, source said.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 12, 2017
6:15 PM: It’s been a slower Saturday than I anticipated. I’m surprised that we’re not hearing about as many “visits” that free agent players are taking.
3:54 PM: New jersey numbers for the Browns’ free agent signings:
- RG Kevin Zeitler will wear No. 70, which DL Nile Lawrence-Stample had last year before landing on the injured list.
- WR Kenny Britt will wear No. 18, which was last worn in camp last year by WR Taylor Gabriel.
- C J.C. Tretter will wear No. 64, which OG Jonathan Cooper had last year before being released.
2:40 PM: The Patriots keep on adding players, while teams within the AFC North (besides the Browns) are taking their losses:
2:37 PM: I conducted a Twitter poll asking Browns fans to pick two available free agents they’d still be interested in Cleveland signing. These were the players with the top votes:
- HIGH INTEREST: DT Johnathan Hankins, SS T.J. McDonald
- MEDIUM INTEREST: ILB Dont’a Hightower, WR Kamar Aiken
- SOME INTEREST: WR Kendall Wright, DT Dontari Poe, S Jarius Byrd, CB Morris Claiborne
2:10 PM: Alright, we’ve got something new to go off of related to the Browns, courtesy of Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer. She confirms that Cleveland will either cut or trade QB Brock Osweiler, and have no intentions on keeping him. The new details are about what type of compensation the Browns are seeking for him:
The Browns have been offering Osweiler to teams for about a third-round pick, and are willing to give back a fifth-rounder, multiple league sources tell cleveland.com. The Browns would also eat a portion of Osweiler's $16 million contract, as much as half, sources say. ...
Several NFL personnel executives say they doubt anyone will give the Browns a third-round pick for Osweiler and pay him $8 million a year. If that could've been done, the Texans would've done it, they say. The more likely scenario for the Browns is that they cut Osweiler and someone signs him for about $4 million a year. With offset language in his contract, that would reduce the price of the move up to somewhere between 33 and 64 to about $12 million.
1:56 PM: I’m catching up on some news I missed, but it doesn’t seem like there was a lot. I do see that the Patriots are trying to find a way to retain LB Dont’a Hightower.
Patriots have been keeping close tabs on Dont'a Hightower situation. Still very interested in bringing the LB back— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 11, 2017
12:48 PM: Some humor this afternoon from Browns LT Joe Thomas, who is enjoying himself all over Twitter:
8:45 AM: This is something I considered, but that’s way too far in the future right now for me to even speculate about:
Probably not but I wouldn't be totally shocked if Pryor changes agents & wants/tries to return to Browns next year.— Jared Mueller (@JaredKMueller) March 11, 2017
8:38 AM: Not really free agent news, but former Browns QB Johnny Manziel got engaged last night. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up on a team’s offseason roster:
Johnny Manziel and @bre_tiesi got engaged tonight. She knows his goal is to get back to the NFL and she has been supportive and helpful.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2017
8:00 AM: Good morning, Browns fans! A reminder that despite all of Cleveland’s big moves on Day 1, and factoring in the release of QB Robert Griffin III on Day 2, the team still has about $55.95 million in available cap space heading into Day 3. I expect the Browns to add a couple more players this weekend, focusing on defensive back, defensive line, and wide receiver.