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Cleveland Browns roster cuts tracker as team tries to get down to 53 players

Tracking which members of the Browns have been cut as the front office gets the roster down to 53 players.

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The Cleveland Browns need to get their roster down to 53 players by Saturday at 4:00 PM ET. Some NFL cuts may come in early, 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.

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a raw list of today’s reported cuts so far.

Browns Roster Cuts Live Blog

2:10 PM: The Browns have announced their 53-man roster.

1:10 PM: Hmmmm, interesting. TE Pharaoh Brown has indicated that he’s made the 53-man roster, per his Instagram. Will the Browns actually keep five tight ends? Or, could there still be a trade in the works for TE David Njoku?

12:37 PM: I’m back now — I ran out to get some pizza for lunch. While I was gone, here were the updates: CB A.J. Green has indeed been waived. That means there are six cuts to go. Additionally, Jake Trotter says that WR Rashard Higgins has won the No. 3 receiving job, and that TE Stephen Carlson is making the initial 53-man roster.

11:40 AM: The Browns have waived S Jovante Moffate and CB Robert Jackson. 7 more cuts to go.

11:22 AM: The Browns will only keep two quarterbacks on the roster, as QB Garrett Gilbert has been cut. There are 9 more cuts to go.

11:12 AM: I got the running back position right! The Browns are cutting RB Dontrell Hilliard, which seems to indicate that RB D’Ernest Johnson will make the team.

10:28 AM: I forgot to list RB Benny LeMay as a cut earlier, so we’re down to 11 more cuts to go.

10:32 AM: Darn it! My chance at my first-ever perfect roster projection has been thwarted. The Browns are cutting CB Donovan Olumba, who wasn’t a big name heading into camp coming over from the Cowboys, but he saw some decent reps in camp and made some visible plays. Perhaps this means the team will stash undrafted free agent CB A.J. Green after all? 12 more cuts to go.

10:29 AM: We’re getting there quickly. Next up on the cut list is LB Solomon Ajayi. 13 more moves to go.

10:26 AM: Another one: FB Johnny Stanton has been waived, per Jake Trotter. He could make the practice squad as a backup fullback/long snapper. 10 players have been cut, with 14 more moves to go.

10:24 AM: Here is a big one! The Browns are waiving former 3rd round pick DE Chad Thomas, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer. That is one that I was on the fence on, but I ultimately cut him in my projection.

10:20 AM: Heading into Saturday, the Browns had 77 players on the roster. They needed to make 24 roster moves by 4:00 PM ET in order to get to 53 players.

8 roster cuts have been reported so far, meaning there are 16 players to go before the day is over with. The latest cut is OT Brady Aiello, who was just signed the other day. I’m curiously waiting to see how much of my 53-man roster projection is accurate this year.

10:15 AM: Good morning, Browns fans! We’re a tad late to start the roster cuts live blog today, but we have a list of reported cuts so far at the bottom of the page. The biggest one so far is WR Damion Ratley, a former sixth-round pick:

List of Browns Roster Cuts So Far

This raw list will be updated Friday and Saturday as news comes in:


  • QB Garrett Gilbert
  • QB Kevin Davidson
  • RB Dontrell Hilliard
  • RB Benny LeMay
  • FB Johnny Stanton
  • WR Damion Ratley
  • WR Taywan Taylor
  • WR Ja’Marcus Bradley
  • OL Willie Wright
  • OT Brady Aiello
  • OT Alex Taylor
  • OG Michael Dunn
  • C Jon Toth


  • DE Chad Thomas
  • DT Daniel Ekuale
  • DE Robert McCray
  • LB Willie Harvey
  • LB Solomon Ajayi
  • LB Montrel Meander
  • CB Donovan Olumba
  • CB Robert Jackson
  • CB A.J. Green
  • S Jovante Moffate
  • S Elijah Benton