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Baltimore Ravens: The old Browns have beaten the new Browns in the past six matchups.
Cincinnati Bengals: Carson Palmer is 9-3 lifetime against the Browns. No surprise there given the difference in talent at the quarterback position.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Pittsburgh has won 20 of 21 against Cleveland.
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2011 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Brandon Jackson, RB, Packers. Age: 25.
Signed with Browns (2 years, $4.5 million)
Brandon Jackson caught 43 balls in 2010. He's a dependable third-down back.
- Usama Young, FS, Saints. Age: 26. -- Signed with Browns
Cleveland Browns Free Agents:
Salary Cap: No cap.
Matt Roth, DE/OLB, Browns. Age: 28.
Signed with Jaguars (1 year, $3 million)
I'm not sure if Math Roth was hurt or not down the stretch, but he struggled late in the year after starting out really well.
D'Qwell Jackson, ILB, Browns. Age: 27.
Re-signed with Browns
D'Qwell Jackson missed all of last year after playing in just six games in 2009. Jackson's a good player, but is a major injury risk.
Eric Wright, CB, Browns. Age: 26.
Signed with Lions
Eric Wright is physically talented, but has regressed each season in the NFL. He's still young though, so maybe he can turn his career around elsewhere.
Kenyon Coleman, DE/DT, Browns. Age: 32.
Signed with Cowboys
Kenyon Coleman doesn't offer much of a pass rush (3 sacks in 2010), but he's a very good run defender as a 3-4 defensive end.
Shaun Rogers, DT, Browns. Age: 32.
Signed with Saints (1 year, $4 million)
Shaun Rogers was dumped by the Browns because of his $6 million salary, but he should still be OK as a two-down run-stuffer.
Lawrence Vickers, FB, Browns. Age: 28.
Signed with Texans
Lawrence Vickers had a poor season in 2010, as he wasn't used very much down the stretch. Maybe he'll rebound next year.
Marcus Benard (ERFA), DE/OLB, Browns. Age: 26.
Marcus Benard is a pass-rushing specialist who had 7.5 sacks in 2010. He'll be tendered.
Eric Barton, ILB, Browns. Age: 33.
Eric Barton is a liability in coverage at this point in his career, but he can still be a quality two-down run-stopping inside linebacker for 3-4 teams.
Abram Elam, SS, Browns. Age: 29.
Signed with Cowboys (1 year)
Abram Elam had his moments - particularly against Jacksonville - but struggled at times this past season, mainly in run support.
Evan Moore (ERFA), TE, Browns. Age: 29.
Tendered by Browns
Evan Moore caught 16 balls for 322 yards and a touchdown this year, averaging 20.1 yards per reception. A former college basketball player, Moore wasn't used nearly enough in 2010.
Robaire Smith, DE/DT, Browns. Age: 33.
Robaire Smith played well last year until landing on IR with a back injury. Signing a 33-year-old with back problems will be a risky proposition for any team.
Jayme Mitchell, DE, Browns. Age: 27.
Re-signed with Browns (2 years)
The Browns traded a late-round pick for Jayme Mitchell, but never used him. Nice going, Holmgren. Mitchell is a talented player who could produce in a 4-3.
Phil Dawson, K, Browns. Age: 36.
Franchised by Browns
Phil Dawson hit 23-of-28 field goals in 2010, but was just 3-of-8 from 40-plus. He hasn't nailed a 50-yarder since 2008.
Pork Chop Womack, G, Browns. Age: 32.
Signed with Cardinals
Pork Chop Womack has done an OK job at right guard for the Browns the past couple of years, but he can be upgraded.
Seneca Wallace, QB, Browns. Age: 31.
Re-signed with Browns (3 years, $9 million)
Completing 63.4 percent of his passes on a 6.9 YPA, Seneca Wallace proved once again that he can be a capable backup in this league.
- Robert Royal, TE, Browns. Age: 32.
- Jason Trusnik, ILB, Browns. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Dolphins (2 years)
- John St. Clair, OT, Browns. Age: 34.
- David Bowens, DE/OLB, Browns. Age: 34.
- Chansi Stuckey, WR, Browns. Age: 27. -- Signed with Cardinals (2 years, $3.5 million)
- Nick Sorensen, S, Browns. Age: 33.
- Brian Schaefering, DE/DT, Browns. Age: 28.
- Derreck Robinson, DE/DT, Browns. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Browns
- Blake Costanzo (RFA), ILB, Browns. Age: 27. -- Signed with 49ers (1 year)
- Titus Brown (RFA), DE/OLB, Browns. Age: 25.
- Sabby Piscitelli, S, Browns. Age: 28.
- Mike Bell, RB, Browns. Age: 28. -- Signed with Lions
- Steve Vallos, G, Browns. Age: 27.
- Alex Smith, TE, Browns. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Browns
- Jake Delhomme, QB, Browns. Age: 36.
The Browns won five games in 2010 - just as they did in 2009. However, progress was made. They may have found a franchise quarterback in Colt McCoy, while Eric Mangini was finally let go. LeBron may have left the city of Cleveland, but at least the Browns' future is bright.
Jaguars sign DE/OLB Matt Roth
Lions sign RB Mike Bell
Chiefs sign S Sabby Piscitelli
Cowboys sign S Abram Elam
49ers sign ILB Blake Costanzo
Texans sign FB Lawrence Vickers
Browns sign CB Dimitri Patterson
Browns re-sign DT Derreck Robinson
Browns acquire G John Greco from Rams for late-round pick
Cardinals sign G Pork Chop Womack
Browns re-sign G Billy Yates
Cowboys sign DE/DT Kenyon Coleman
Browns re-sign DE Jayme Mitchell
Cardinals sign WR Chansi Stuckey
Lions sign CB Eric Wright
Browns sign RB Brandon Jackson
Browns sign S Usama Young
Browns cut QB Jake Delhomme
Dolphins sign ILB Jason Trusnik
Browns re-sign QB Seneca Wallace
Browns re-sign LB D'Qwell Jackson
Browns re-sign TE Alex Smith
Browns tender TE Evan Moore
Saints sign DT Shaun Rogers
Browns franchise K Phil Dawson
Browns cut DT Shaun Rogers
Browns cut OT John St. Clair
Browns cut ILB Eric Barton
Browns cut TE Robert Royal
Browns cut DE/OLB David Bowens
Browns cut DE/DT Kenyon Coleman
- Wide Receiver: The Browns need to find a play-maker for Colt McCoy. Julio Jones will be considered at No. 6 overall, but Cleveland will likely take a wideout in Rounds 2-3. They'd love to get A.J. Green, but he probably won't make it past the Bengals. Drafted Greg Little
- Right Tackle: The Tony Pashos signing was a mistake. Both he and John St. Clair struggled at right tackle in 2010. The Browns cannot afford to have Colt McCoy beaten down like he was in the season finale. Drafted Jason Pinkston
- Defensive Tackle: Marcell Dareus is still an option amid Cleveland's switch to the 4-3. Shaun Rogers and Kenyon Coleman have been released. Drafted Phil Taylor
- Defensive End: Who is going to play defensive end for the Browns now that they've switched to the 4-3? Robert Quinn is definitely an option with the sixth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Drafted Jabaal Sheard; re-signed Jayme Mitchell
- Weakside Linebacker: The Eagles learned that Chris Gocong can't play in the 4-3. It's a shame for Gocong because he had an exceptional season in 2010. Re-signed D'Qwell Jackson
- Cornerback: Joe Haden had a great rookie year. Unfortunately, Eric Wright regressed. There will be plenty of corners to choose from on Day 2. Drafted Buster Skrine; signed Dimitri Patterson
- Right Guard: Pork Chop Womack is a free agent, but the Browns needed an upgrade anyway. Shawn Lauavo clearly isn't the answer. There will be plenty of guard prospects in the middle rounds. Traded for John Greco
- Strong Safety: Abram Elam is a free agent, but he's not a very good player. However, with so many needs, the Browns may just retain Elam and take a late-round flier on a strong safety. Drafted Eric Hagg
- Kicker: Phil Dawson probably won't be back next year. Cleveland will have to find a new kicker for the first time in its new franchise history. Franchised Phil Dawson
- Fullback: Lawrence Vickers is a free agent. Drafted Owen Marecic
2011 NFL Draft Grades:
I really like it when teams trade down, and I really love it when teams acquire future picks because they are so undervalued. As you can guess, I was a big fan of Cleveland moving out of No. 6, and obtaining a first and a fourth from the Falcons in 2012.
That boosts what already would have been a high grade for the Browns, who addressed needs without reaching at any point during the 2011 NFL Draft. The only pick I wasn't a fan of was the fourth-rounder spent on a tight end, but it was still a C.
The Browns have a long way to go, but if the 2011 NFL Draft is any indication, they're definitely headed in the right direction.
Overall 2011 NFL Draft Grade given on 5/1/11: A
2011 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
21. Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
The only position the Browns didn't need on their four-man defensive front is a nose tackle. And yet, the Browns drafted a nose tackle at No. 21 after surrendering a third-round pick to move up from No. 27. I'm not sure I understand this pick, and Taylor is a slight reach at this spot. That's why I'm giving this a mediocre grade. (Pick Grade: C)
37. Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh
Over Da'Quan Bowers? Given Bowers' knees, I can't blame the Browns. I didn't like Cleveland's first pick very much, but Mike Holmgren and company made up for it here. Jabaal Sheard has first-round talent but may have dropped because of character concerns. He fills a huge need for the Browns. (Pick Grade: A)
59. Greg Little, WR, North Carolina
The Browns have now selected three players with character concerns. According to Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline, some teams were really turned off by Greg Little at the Combine interviews. Apparently not the Browns though. Little fills a huge need and definitely fits the range. Cleveland just has to hope that Little gives them 100 percent. (Pick Grade: B)
102. Jordan Cameron, TE, USC
I'm not crazy about this pick. Jordan Cameron has great upside, but won't be able to contribute right away. Plus, I like Evan Moore. I didn't think tight end was a need. (Pick Grade: C)
124. Owen Marecic, FB, Stanford
I think this is a bit early for a fullback, but the Browns were looking to address the position. Owen Marecic is a football player. Cleveland fans are going to love him. (Pick Grade: B)
137. Buster Skrine, CB, Tennessee-Chattanooga
Buster Skrine provides solid value as a potential fourth-round prospect. He's a project, but could eventually take over as the starter across from Joe Haden. (Pick Grade: A)
150. Jason Pinkston, OT/G, Pittsburgh
This is a really good value pick because Jason Pinkston was projected in Round 3-4 by some. The Browns absolutely had to improve Colt McCoy's protection, especially after watching him get beaten into the ground in that second Steelers game. (Pick Grade: A)
248. Eric Hagg, S, Nebraska
Abram Elam is a free agent, so depending on what happens, Eric Hagg could push for a starting job eventually. He could have been picked two rounds earlier. (Pick Grade: A)
2011 Cleveland Browns Analysis: The Browns apparently are attempting to take a step back to take two steps forward. They were 5-11 last year, but were better than that record indicates, as they knocked off New England and New Orleans, and nearly defeated the Jets, Jaguars, Ravens, Bengals and Chiefs.
Instead of playing things out, Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert blew up the roster and the coaching staff. They've discarded many old players, brought in new coaches and changed their defense.
Still though, Colt McCoy will be better in his second season, and Cleveland will win more games than it should because of its unbelievably easy schedule.
Projection: 8-8 (3rd in AFC North)
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