CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Browns reduced their roster to 53 Saturday afternoon by trading cornerback Justin Gilbert to Pittsburgh, terminating the contract of receiver Marlon Moore and waiving 18 other players.
All 14 members of the 2016 draft class made the roster as did undrafted rookie linebacker Dominique Alexander and cornerback Tracy Howard.
“We’ve had a lot of guys come in and buy in and work their tails off to try to make the roster and we’re excited about the 53 guys we’ve chosen to be Cleveland Browns,” Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said. “We still have some work to do and we’ll see what happens on the claim wire, there are opportunities to improve. But really excited about the 53 guys that we’ll enter the season with.”
The 18 players waived on Saturday were: DL Kenton Adeyemi, DL Chigbo Anunoby, DB Pierre Desir, RB Jahwan Edwards, DB Mikell Everette, OL Dan France, WR Taylor Gabriel, DB Charles Gaines, OL Garth Gerhart, TE Connor Hamlett, TE J.P. Holtz, WR Darius Jennings, OL Kaleb Johnson, OL Mike Matthews, LB Jason Neill, DB Eric Patterson, P Kasey Redfern, LB Justin Tuggle
Receiver Josh Gordon and defensive end Armonty Bryant revert to the reserve/suspended list and do not count toward the 53-man roster. Both are eligible to return for Week 5.
The Browns, who received a 2018 sixth round pick for Gilbert, are expected to be extremely active on the waiver wire Sunday when claims on players begin and so the roster as it is presently constituted will change.
“We’re continuing to try and take every opportunity to improve our chances and position ourselves for success, sustainable success. And we have a ton of discussions with different teams throughout the offseason and we’re able to pull off some trades here that we think position us well and that were mutually beneficial,” Brown said. “Good players that can play on other rosters and teams saw some value and for us, they either just weren’t fits or we felt like the better opportunity was to take some of the compensation that we were able to receive back. Sometimes those are the tougher decisions to make rather than to trade a player or keep him on the roster for a bit more. But really these are all very tough decisions and we truly appreciate all the guys that came in here and busted their tails to compete for a roster spot.”
Less than 3 hours after the initial roster was announced the team announced the signing of punter Britton Colquitt and punter Michael Palardy was waived to make room.
Here’s what the current roster looks like as of the 7 p.m. Saturday:
Quarterbacks (3): Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Cody Kessler;
Running backs (4): Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson Jr., Raheem Mostert, Terrell Watson
Fullback (1): Malcolm Johnson
Wide receivers (6): Terrelle Pryor, Andrew Hawkins, Corey Coleman, Ricardo Louis, Jordan Payton, Rashard Higgins
Tight ends (3): Gary Barnidge, Randall Telfer, Seth DeValve
Offensive line (8): Joe Thomas, Joel Bitonio, Cameron Erving, John Greco, Austin Pasztor, Shon Coleman, Spencer Drango, Alvin Bailey
Defensive linemen (6): Danny Shelton, John Hughes III, Stephen Paea, Carl Nassib, Xavier Cooper, Jamie Meder
Linebackers (9): Christian Kirksey, Demario Davis, Tank Carder, Dominique Alexander, Scooby Wright III, Emmanuel Ogbah, Nate Orchard, Cam Johnson, Joe Schobert
Defensive backs (10): Joe Haden, Jamar Taylor, Tramon Williams, Trey Caldwell, Tracy Howard, Ibraheim Campbell, Rahim Moore Sr., Jordan Poyer, Derrick Kindred, Don Jones
Kicker (1): Patrick Murray
Punter (1): Britton Colquitt
Long snapper (1): Charley Hughlett
Receiver Josh Gordon (4 weeks)
Defensive end Armonty Bryant (4 weeks)