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Dawg Pound Journal: A list of Browns players who are free agents


After one full day to reflect on the madness that resulted in the New England Patriots' fourth Super Bowl win in 14 years, the collective mindset of the entire NFL has shifted elsewhere: The offseason.

Though the NFL's Scouting Combine in Indianapolis is next on the docket (Feb. 17-23), the draft is still more than 80 days away. 

Free agency is the more pressing item on all 32 teams' agendas. Starting March 7, teams can begin negotiating contracts with unrestricted free agents, and at 4 p.m. on March 10, the Browns and every other NFL team can sign players. 

General manager Ray Farmer and his department will have some weighty decisions to make.

Browns unrestricted free agents

DL Ahtyba Rubin

Age: 28

2014 stats: 28 tackles, 1 sack in 13 games

Nugget: Rubin played in his 100th game as a Brown last season. Read More.


WR Miles Austin

Age: 30

2014 stats: 47 catches, 568 yards, 2 TD in 12 games

Nugget: Austin expressed interest in returning after a season-ending kidney injury. Read More

LB Jabaal Sheard

Age: 25

2014 stats: 44 tackles, 2 sacks in 16 games

Nugget: Sheard admirably fought through a foot injury that had him in a walking boot for most of November and December.

CB Buster Skrine

Age: 25

2014 stats: 66 tackles, 4 INTs in 16 games

Nugget: Skrine built a really close-knit relationship with first-year assistant coach Aaron Glenn. Read More.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer

Age: 29

2014 stats: 12 TD, 13 INT, 3,326 yards, 76.5 QB rating in 14 games

Nugget: Hoyer has expressed interest in returning to the Browns if the circumstances are right. Read More.


TE Jordan Cameron

Age: 26

2014 stats: 24 catches, 424 yards, 2 TD in 10 games

Nugget: Cameron's 81-yard touchdown against the Panthers was Cleveland's longest play of the season.

S Jim Leonhard

Age: 32

2014 stats: 35 tackles, 2 INT

Nugget: Leonhard plans to live in Wisconsin during his first year of retirement. Read More

WR/ST Marlon Moore

Age: 27

2014 stats: 13 kick returns, 24.8 average

Nugget: Why the NFL's breast cancer awareness month means so much to Moore. Read.

DL Sione Fua

Age: 26

2014 stats: 11 tackles in 6 games.

Nugget: Fua actually logged a solid 256 snaps in 2014, filling in for a positional unit decimated by injuries.

RB Shaun Draughn

Age: 27

2014 stats: Played in four games, mostly on special teams

Nugget: Served as the third-down running back against the Panthers, entirely as a blocker.

QB Tyler Thigpen

Age: 30

2014 stats: Suited up as the backup for Connor Shaw during Week 17's finale in Baltimore.

Nugget: Mentored Shaw during training camp. Read More.

Restricted Free Agents

Indicates exlusive rights free agent, meaning other teams cannot match the Browns' offer

S Tashaun Gipson

Age: 24

2014 stats: 52 tackles, 6 INTs, 1 TD in 11 games

Nugget: Finishing his bachelor's degree in communication from Wyoming this offseason after making first Pro Bowl. Read More.


*LB Craig Robertson

Age: 26

2014 stats: 92 tackles, 2 INTs, 1 TD in 16 games

Nugget: Won Cleveland's Walter Payton Man of the Year award for commitment to the community in 2014. Read More.

ST/DB Johnson Bademosi

Age: 24

2014 stats: Led the Browns with 15 special-teams tackles.

Nugget:  Bademosi is second in the NFL with the most special teams tackles since 2012 (44).

*P Spencer Lanning

Age: 26

2014 stats: Punted 93 times with a 44.3 average with 25 punts landing inside the 20-yard line.

Nugget: Humongous astronomy buff who chased a comet back in January. Read More

OL Ryan Seymour*

Age: 24

2014 stats: Started three games at center, the first time ever playing the position in his career.

Nugget: Was a member of both the Seahawks and 49ers before being claimed by the Browns.

Three interesting NFL headlines

*What we posted on Monday *

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Browns Social Media Post of the Day


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