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


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


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.


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 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.


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 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 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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