The first day of the league year yesterday saw several signings become official for the Cleveland Browns, a few players released with June 1st designations, and a couple of new signings in S Juan Thornhill and DT Maurice Hurst. We continue our coverage of Browns free agency with Day 4 of our live blog. To see how these moves will impact Super Bowl odds, check out DraftKings Sportsbook.
Follow the live blog below for news and rumors regarding the Browns and free agency throughout the day! You can catch up on yesterday’s live blog here.
2023 Browns Free Agency Live Blog - Day 4
10:05 PM: Cornerback Greedy Williams has left the building as he is reportedly signing with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
Williams, a second-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, appeared in 39 games for the Browns, making 21 starts. He struggled with injuries - most notably in 2020 when he missed the entire season with a nerve injury in his shoulder - and was never able to find a consistent role on the Browns, especially after the team drafted cornerback Greg Newsome II in 2021 and cornerback Martin Emerson in 2022.
4:00 PM: The Browns have been adding to the defensive line all week and they are apparently not finished as they are now “expected” to sign free agent defensive lineman Trysten Hill, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
Former #Cowboys DE Trysten Hill is expected to sign with the #Browns, source said, another addition to their defensive line. A former second-round pick, he also spent time with the #AZCardinals last year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2023
The 6-foot-3 and 308-pound Hill has spent four seasons with the NFL, playing in 31 games and making five starts, primarily with the Dallas Cowboys. He has 39 career tackles and 1.5 career sacks.
2:00 PM: Tune in to Dalvin Tomlinson’s introductory press conference:
LIVE with Browns DT Dalvin Tomlinson https://t.co/ARE62W9yzv— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) March 16, 2023
1:30 PM: Two Browns defenders want Anthony Walker Jr. re-signed.
12:57 PM: Potential WR target noted below Parris Campbell is off to the New York Giants:
12:15 PM: New Brown Juan Thornhill is recruiting his former wide receiver teammate to join the team in free agency. Mecole Hardman took notice:
12:10 PM: Ogbonnia Okornkwo has picked his number and we will be calling him OO7 from now on!
9:35 AM: General manager Andrew Berry has done a solid job so far in filling holes across the defense with the signings of defensive tackles Dalvin Tomlinson and Maurice Hurst, defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, and safety Juan Thornhill.
With that work completed, it could be time for Berry to focus on the offense, particularly at wide receiver where the Browns could use some support for Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones. It may not be the strongest group of free agents, but here is a partial list of the wide receivers still in search of a new home:
- D.J. Chark Jr.
- Adam Thielen
- Parris Campbell
- Mecole Hardman
- Darius Slayton
- Olamide Zaccheaus
- Marvin Jones Jr.
- Mack Hollins
- Randall Cobb
- Trent Sherfield
- Nelson Agholor
There is also the ridiculous possibility that Berry will make a move to reunite Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry in Cleveland, but that would run the risk of Harvard revoking his degree, so don’t look for that particular bit of March madness to take place.
7:30 AM: It looks like your worry about Mack Wilson returning to Cleveland can be put to rest:
Source: While Cleveland did express interest in a reunion with Wilson, a signing isn’t considered likely as the Houston Texans and New England Patriots have emerged as front runners with a signing coming as early as Thursday. https://t.co/EONPBgHC9f— Brad Stainbrook (@StainbrookNFL) March 16, 2023
7:20 AM: It's always worth looking at the true value of contracts as opposed to the incentives a player can earn. In this case, we're referring to comparing the contracts of former Browns quarterbacks. With the details out, Jacoby Brissett basically has a 1-year deal worth $8 million, but he can earn up to $2 million in incentives. Baker Mayfield, on the other hand, has a 1-year deal worth $4 million, but can earn up to $4.5 million in incentives.
New #Commanders QB Jacoby Brissett’s one-year deal:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 16, 2023
$4.5 million signing bonus
$3M fully guaranteed base salary
$500K workout bonus
Up to $2M in playtime incentives
New #Bucs QB Baker Mayfield’s one-year deal:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 16, 2023
$2 million signing bonus
$2M base salary fully guaranteed
Up to $4.5M in incentives
7:00 AM: Late last night, the Browns signed DT Maurice Hurst to a 1-year deal. He hasn't played much the past couple years due to injury, so he is sort of a reclamation project.