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Dawg Pound Journal: One sentence about each Browns player under contract through 2015

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We've been highlighting some of the Cleveland Browns free agents of note in recent editions of Dawg Pound Journal.

We were wondering ourselves – what are the current contract statuses for the rest of the Browns players?  All contract information was obtained through Spotrac.com.

Quarterback

Johnny Manziel (Contract expires in 2018) – Highlight of his rookie season came on his first full possession, when he drove the Browns 80 yards on eight plays and scored his first career touchdown on a 10-yard scramble.

Connor Shaw (2017) – Read the five things we learned about Connor Shaw's rookie season.

Running back

Terrance West (2018) – West is adamant he wants to slim down, and has been using boxing as a method in weight loss.

Isaiah Crowell (2017) – There were times in 2014 where Crowell looked like a top 10 running back in the league.

Glenn Winston (2017) – Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer had glowing things to say about Winston, who will look to compete for carries in 2015.

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Wide Receiver

Andrew Hawkins (2018) – When the Browns were winning early in the season, his clutch catches were a huge reason why.

Travis Benjamin (2016) – The speedy receiver led the Browns in touchdown receptions and could play a larger role as a deep threat in John DeFilippo's offense.

Taylor Gabriel (2017) – The 5-foot-8 undrafted free agent went into Farmer's office during the summer, pleading his case for a chance, and he didn't disappoint with 621receiving yards.

Rodney Smith (2016) – Expect the gigantic, 6-foot-5 target to push hard for more playing time during OTAs in April.

Phil Bates (2016) – The Ohio University product spent time with the Seahawks and has shown ability to play tight end, too.

Kevin Cone (2016) – He spent last year on the practice squad.

Tight end

Gary Barnidge (2016) – He doesn't have blazing speed, but he's polished and without Barnidge, the Browns could have lost to the Saints in Week 2.

Jim Dray (2017) – Pettine joked the reserved Dray was on a word count during the 2014 season.

Offensive line

Joe Thomas (2019) – He'll be gunning for his ninth Pro Bowl in as many seasons.

Joel Bitonio (2018) – A potentially dominant force for years to come.

Alex Mack (2019) – There was a reason the Browns matched the Jaguars offer on Mack the same day Jacksonville offered him because it's hard to argue there's a more valuable center in the NFL.

John Greco (2018) – Very well-liked and an extremely hard worker,  he finished second in the Cleveland media's Good Guy award.

Mitchell Schwartz (2016) – Still hasn't missed a snap in his three-year career.

Michael Bowie (2017) – Missed all of 2014 with a shoulder injury after starting eight games for 2013 Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

Vinston Painter (2016) – An athletic specimen and a solid reserve.

Karim Barton (2016) – The Jamaican native has an interesting story we will tell on ClevelandBrowns.com in the coming weeks.

Paul McQuistan (2016) – Took over at right guard for a game and a half when Greco slid over at center for the injured Mack.

Nick McDonald (2016) – Fought admirably through a tough situation at center in 2014.

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Defensive line

Desmond Bryant (2018) – A rock solid member of the unit, Bryant tallied five sacks in 2014.

Phil Taylor (2016) – The Browns picked up Taylor's fifth-year option last summer, and the lineman told ClevelandBrowns.com he'd like to end his career here in Cleveland.

John Hughes (2016) – A knee injury sidelined him for most of the year but his impact throttled the Steelers offense in an Oct. 12 win.

Armonty Bryant (2017) – Bryant told ClevelandBrowns.com his knee is progressing well, and he'll look to fill the void of a relentless pass rusher on the Browns' defensive line.

Billy Winn (2016) – Cleveland's resident class clown brought energy on the field last season, blocking a kick against Tampa Bay and intercepting a pass against Carolina.

Jacobbi McDaniel (2016) – Spent most of the season on the practice squad, but saw action against the Jaguars.

Calvin Barnett (2016) – Had a promising training camp thwarted by season-ending shoulder surgery.

Jamie Meder (2016) – The Parma native saw action in the season finale at Baltimore.

Outside Linebackers

Paul Kruger (2018) – His 11 sacks spread all throughout the season make him one of the most underrated defensive players in the NFL.

Barkevious Mingo (2017) – Was the swiss-army-knife of his unit, covering tight ends and taking on multiple blockers to free Kruger.

Scott Solomon (2016) – One of the most visible defensive players on the field during Cleveland's last two games of the season.

Keith Pough (2016) – Spent most of the season on the practice squad.

Inside Linebackers

Karlos Dansby (2018) – There's no telling how many wins were a result of his follow-me-or-else leadership style in the locker room.

Chris Kirksey (2018) – It's easy to predict an expanding role for Kirksey, who posted a whopping 81 tackles his rookie season.

Tank Carder (2016) – His blocked punt in Tennessee sparked the NFL's largest come-from-behind road victory of all-time.

Darius Eubanks (2016) – The linebacker spent the year on injured reserve, but showed major potential in coverage during the spring months.

Defensive Backs

Joe Haden (2020) – Just call him Mr. Cleveland.

Donte Whitner (2018) – Three straight Pro Bowl appearances speaks for itself.

K'Waun Williams (2017) – A diamond-in-the-rough find, there's hope Williams could take a Gipson-esque leap as a high-performance undrafted player.

Pierre Desir (2018) –Took off his theoretic redshirt late in the season and performed well against play-making receiver Kelvin Benjamin in Carolina.

Justin Gilbert (2018) – Highlight of his up-and-down rookie season came against the Colts, when he ran back an Andrew Luck interception for a touchdown.

Jordan Poyer (2017) – A versatile player who can line up at safety, nickel back and punt returner. 

Robert Nelson (2017) – Nelson stood out in the preseason, picking off a pass against the Bears. 

Micah Pellerin (2016) – The Browns signed the former Titan and Cowboy in January.

Kendall James (2016) – Spent the last few weeks on Cleveland's practice squad.

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