The Cleveland Browns are likely to begin trimming their roster down today, as they work to get to 53 players by Tuesday’s 4:00 PM deadline. All players that are released must go through waivers and are eligible to be claimed by any other team until 12:00 PM ET on Wednesday. After that, any unclaimed player can be signed and teams will begin to fill out their 16-man practice squads.
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Browns Roster Cuts Live Blog
1:55 PM: The Browns have announced their 53-man roster.
12:30 PM: LB Dakota Allen has been cut, per Stainbrook:
11:52 AM: Something I missed earlier, per Josina Anderson, RB John Kelly is expected to be cut. Also, I messed up my math somewhere earlier, but I believe now there are four cuts remaining.
Expected to be among the #Browns cuts to get to the 53-man roster, per league source: (some will be invited to return to the practice squad)— JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 30, 2022
FB Johnny Stanton
WR Mike Harley
RB John Kelly
TE Miller Forristall
QB Josh Rosen
11:44 AM: In the least surprising news of a busy day, the Browns are parting ways with quarterback Josh Rosen.
Confirming #Browns cutting QB Josh Rosen.— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) August 30, 2022
Whether it's him on practice squad or someone else, team will need to add a third QB in case of emergency.
11:20 AM: Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cleveland is releasing C Brock Hoffman.
Cleveland is releasing center Brock Hoffman.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2022
Minnesota is releasing LB Chazz Surratt.
10:32 AM: Three more cuts in from Stainbrook: TE Zaire Mitchell-Paden, LB Willie Harvey, and DT Roderick Perry.
10:23 AM: It may be the end of the fullback era in Cleveland as the Browns are reportedly releasing fullback Johnny Stanton. Not only that, Trotter also says the team is not interested in bringing him back to the practice squad.
9:40 AM: Two more cuts in the books, per Stainbrook: WR Daylen Baldwin and WR Easop Winston. That makes 8 cuts today so far, so there should be 12 names left to cut.
9:30 AM: The Browns are moving on from a pair of cornerbacks as they are releasing Herb Miller and Shaun Jolly:
Browns cut Shaun Jolly and will sign him to practice squad if he's not claimed, per a league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 30, 2022
Jolly, who had a strip-sack of Chicago Bears quarterback Trevor Siemien in Saturday’s preseason game, is a candidate for Cleveland’s practice squad if he does not find a home with another team, according to Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson.
9:08 AM: Sound the alarm — we have our first unexpected cut! Granted, it’s not huge, but still qualifies as a surprise: we released a guy named Blake. (That would be Blake Hance, for those who remember the Baker Mayfield reference). Brad Stainbrook was the first to report that, and he also notes that the Browns are cutting TE Miller Forristall. That makes two players from my 53-man rosters who I missed on, so I’m already facing 51/53 at best. Bummer.
Last, but not least, Stainbrook says that Cleveland could be looking to go after TE O.J. Howard:
The belief by some is the #Browns will chase TE O. J. Howard, per a league source.— Brad Stainbrook (@StainbrookNFL) August 30, 2022
9:00 AM: The Browns are releasing tight end Nakia Griffin-Stewart, according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter:
#Browns cut TE Nakia Griffin-Stewart per league source— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) August 30, 2022
8:50 AM: Hey look — some wide receiver help on the market!
The #Chiefs are releasing WR Josh Gordon, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 30, 2022
Gordon has shown great character on the field and in the community since he got to Kansas City and the team is open to him returning. But it’s a numbers game right now and he’s the odd man out. pic.twitter.com/voVS4Hpubo
8:42 AM: Good morning, Browns fans! Today is the day — the team will have to make 20 moves to get down to 53 players. We have our first cut reported this morning: WR Mike Harley Jr:
(Monday) 2:30 PM: Earlier, the Browns officially announced all the aforementioned moves — as well as the release of S Jovante Moffatt. That puts the roster down to 73 players, needing to make 20 more moves by Tuesday at 4:00 PM ET.
11:34 AM: From an experience factor, WR Ja’Marcus Bradley had a slight edge on some of the other youngsters, but he still wasn’t expected to make the team. I think he’ll stick on the practice squad, though.
11:10 AM: In addition, from last night, Stainbrook says the Browns are releasing WR Javon Wims, OL Ben Patrula, and DT Glen Logan. Wims seemed to be a nice target with his 6-2 frame, and seems like a practice squad candidate.
11:07 AM: I missed this one last night, but Brad Stainbrook reports that the team will release DE Curtis Weaver.
The #Browns are releasing Curtis Weaver, per a league source. NFLN first to report.— Brad Stainbrook (@StainbrookNFL) August 28, 2022
8:39 AM: One of the things we haven’t talked much about is injuries. DE Chris Odom suffered a torn ACL in the final preseason game, so he will go on injured reserve. He was a long shot to make the final roster, but was a great candidate for the practice squad.
I have these three players making the 53-man roster:
- WR Michael Woods
- RT Jack Conklin
- DE Chase Winovich
Let’s remember one important thing: if any of these players are placed on IR before roster cuts are due, then they are done for the season. If Cleveland wants them to play in 2022, but they aren’t going to be ready for awhile, they must make the 53-man roster, and then be placed on IR. That could be what the team does with Conklin and Winovich if they aren’t expected to be ready for the first month of the season.
Players placed on IR after the final cuts must miss a minimum of four games. Each team can designate eight players to return from IR throughout a season, and a player can return twice from IR within the same season.
Woods could be an example where you try to cut the guy and slip him through to the practice squad. However, he did have a good start to training camp before getting hurt.
8:30 AM: Good morning, Browns fans! In case you missed it, I posted my 53-man roster projection on Saturday, following the conclusion of the team’s final preseason game. I always reserve the right to tweak it up until cuts are made, but so far, I haven’t felt compelled to make any changes.
The most hotly-contested picks I made seemed to be not keeping S Richard LeCounte, and also keeping TE Miller Forristall. I agree that both picks are up-in-the-air, but I think it also goes to show you how a good portion of the roster seems locked in already if those are the guys we’re debating about.
List of Browns Roster Cuts So Far
This raw list will be updated today as news comes in:
OFFENSIVE PLAYERS CUT
- QB Josh Rosen
- RB John Kelly
- FB Johnny Stanton
- WR Javon Wims
- WR Ja’Marcus Bradley
- WR Mike Harley Jr
- WR Daylen Baldwin
- WR Easop Winston
- TE Miller Forristall
- TE Nakia Griffin-Stewart
- TE Zaire Mitchell-Paden
- OL Blake Hance
- OL Ben Petrula
- OL David Moore
- OL Alex Taylor
- C Brock Hoffman
DEFENSIVE PLAYERS CUT
- DT Glen Logan
- DE Curtis Weaver
- DT Roderick Perry
- LB Willie Harvey
- LB Dakota Allen
- S Jovante Moffatt
- CB Herb Miller
- CB Shaun Jolly
- CB Lavert Hill
- DE Chris Odom