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The 2019 Cleveland Browns season will be the franchise's 71st season as a professional sports franchise and its 67th season as a member of the National Football League, the second full season under general manager John Dorsey and the first under new head coach Freddie Kitchens. The Browns will look to improve on their 7–8–1 record in 2018 and end their franchise-record and league-high 16-year playoff drought.

2019 Cleveland Browns season
Head coachFreddie Kitchens
General managerJohn Dorsey
OwnerJimmy Haslam
Home fieldFirstEnergy Stadium
Results
Record0–0

Contents

Off-seasonEdit

Coaching changesEdit

On October 29, 2018, after Week 8 of the 2018 season, the Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson. Jackson posted a record of 3–36–1 (.088) record during his 2½-season tenure with the Browns. Jackson failed to win any away games during his tenure and lost every game in 2017. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley was also fired the same day.[1] Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams finished out the 2018 season with a 5–3 (.625) record as interim head coach.

On January 12, 2019, the Browns promoted interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to head coach.[2]

On January 12, the Browns hired former Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer to the same role.[3]

On January 14, the Browns hired former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken as offensive coordinator and former Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks as defensive coordinator.[4]

Roster changesEdit

Re-signingsEdit

Pos Player Tag Date
LB Ray-Ray Armstrong UFA March 13[5]
CB Juston Burris UFA April 1
DT Trevon Coley ERFA April 1
CB Phillip Gaines UFA March 19[6]
WR Rashard Higgins RFA April 1
OT Greg Robinson UFA February 25[7]
FS Jermaine Whitehead ERFA April 1

Players addedEdit

Pos Player Tag 2018 team Date
WR Odell Beckham Jr. Trade[trade 1] New York Giants March 13[8]
QB Garrett Gilbert UFA Carolina Panthers April 5[9]
TE Demetrius Harris UFA Kansas City Chiefs March 14[10]
RB Kareem Hunt UFA Kansas City Chiefs February 11[11]
G Eric Kush UFA Chicago Bears March 14[12]
OT Kendall Lamm UFA Houston Texans March 15[13]
SS Eric Murray Trade[trade 2] Kansas City Chiefs April 1[14]
DT Sheldon Richardson UFA Minnesota Vikings March 13[15]
WR Jaelen Strong UFA Jacksonville Jaguars February 20[16]
LB Adarius Taylor UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers March 14[17]
DE Olivier Vernon Trade[trade 1] New York Giants March 13[8]
G Bryan Witzmann UFA Chicago Bears March 22[18]

Players lostEdit

Pos Player Tag 2019 team Date
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun UFA Houston Texans March 15
LB Jamie Collins Release[19]
TE Darren Fells Release[20] Houston Texans March 19[21]
CB E.J. Gaines UFA Buffalo Bills March 25[22]
FS Derrick Kindred Release[23] Indianapolis Colts April 2[24]
WR Ricardo Louis Release[23] Miami Dolphins April 8[25]
DE Emmanuel Ogbah Trade[trade 2] Kansas City Chiefs April 1[14]
SS Jabrill Peppers Trade[trade 1] New York Giants March 13[8]
WR Breshad Perriman UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers March 13[26]
QB Tyrod Taylor UFA Los Angeles Chargers March 13[27]
LB Tanner Vallejo Release[28] Arizona Cardinals February 5[29]
G Earl Watford UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers March 15[30]
WR Daniel Williams Release[7]
CB Howard Wilson Release[23]
G Kevin Zeitler Trade[trade 1] New York Giants March 13[8]


Trade notes

  1. ^ a b c d The Browns acquired WR Odell Beckham, Jr. and LB Olivier Vernon from the New York Giants in exchange for SS Jabrill Peppers, G Kevin Zeitler, and 2019 1st-round (No. 17) and 3rd-round (No. 95) selections.
  2. ^ a b The Browns acquired S Eric Murray from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for DE Emmanuel Ogbah

2019 draft classEdit

2019 Cleveland Browns Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
2 49
3 80
4 119
5 144
5 155
5 170
6 189
7 221

StaffEdit

Cleveland Browns Staff
Front office
Head coaches
Offensive coaches
 
Defensive coaches
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
  • Director, strength and conditioning – Larry Jackson
  • Strength and conditioning assistant – Evan Marcus
  • Strength and conditioning assistant/sports science – Josh Christovich
  • Strength and conditioning assistant – Monty Gibson
  • Strength and conditioning assistant – Dale Jones

Coaching staff
Management
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NFC East
DAL
NYG
PHI
WAS
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NO
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Current rosterEdit

Cleveland Browns roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant

Unrestricted FAs

Rookies in italics

Roster updated April 5, 2019
Depth chartTransactions
72 Active, 0 Inactive, 1 FAs

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PreseasonEdit

The Browns' preliminary preseason schedule was announced on April 9. Exact dates and times will be finalized at a later date.

Week Date Kickoff (EDT) Opponent Result Record Game site TV NFL.com
recap
1 TBD (August 8–12) Washington Redskins FirstEnergy Stadium
2 TBD (August 15–19) at Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium
3 TBD (August 22–25) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium
4 August 29 Detroit Lions FirstEnergy Stadium

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Result Record Game site TV NFL.com
recap
1 September 8 1:00 p.m. Tennessee Titans FirstEnergy Stadium CBS
2 September 16 8:15 p.m. at New York Jets MetLife Stadium ESPN
3 September 22 8:20 p.m. Los Angeles Rams FirstEnergy Stadium NBC
4 September 29 1:00 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium CBS
5 October 7 8:15 p.m. at San Francisco 49ers Levi's Stadium ESPN
6 October 13 1:00 p.m. Seattle Seahawks FirstEnergy Stadium Fox
7 Bye
8 October 27 4:25 p.m. at New England Patriots Gillette Stadium CBS
9 November 3 4:25 p.m. at Denver Broncos Broncos Stadium at Mile High CBS
10 November 10 1:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills FirstEnergy Stadium CBS
11 November 14 8:20 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers FirstEnergy Stadium Fox/NFLN/
Amazon Prime
12 November 24 1:00 p.m. Miami Dolphins FirstEnergy Stadium CBS
13 December 1 4:25 p.m. at Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field CBS
14 December 8 1:00 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals FirstEnergy Stadium CBS
15 December 15 4:05 p.m. at Arizona Cardinals State Farm Stadium CBS
16 December 22 1:00 p.m. Baltimore Ravens FirstEnergy Stadium CBS
17 December 29 1:00 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium CBS

Notes

  • Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
  • Networks and times for Sunday games from Weeks 5–17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Schefter, Adam (October 29, 2018). "Hue Jackson out as coach of the Cleveland Browns". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "Freddie Kitchens named Browns head coach". Cleveland Browns. January 12, 2019. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  3. ^ Gosseling, Mike; Craig, Mark (January 12, 2019). "Mike Priefer leaves Vikings to be Browns special teams coordinator". Star Tribune. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Clark, Dave (January 14, 2019). "Cleveland Browns hire Todd Monken, Steve Wilks as coordinators". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Browns re-sign Ray-Ray Armstrong". ClevelandBrowns.com. March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Browns re-sign DB Phillip Gaines". ClevelandBrowns.com. March 19, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Browns re-sign linebacker Tank Carder". ClevelandBrowns.com. February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d "Browns' blockbuster trade with Giants brings All-Pro WR Odell Beckham Jr., Pro Bowl pass rusher Olivier Vernon to Cleveland". ClevelandBrowns.com. March 13, 2019.
  9. ^ "Browns sign DB Morgan Burnett, QB Garrett Gilbert". ClevelandBrowns.com. April 5, 2019.
  10. ^ Gribble, Andrew (March 14, 2019). "Browns sign versatile TE Demetrius Harris". ClevelandBrowns.com.
  11. ^ "Browns sign RB Kareem Hunt". ClevelandBrowns.com. February 11, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  12. ^ Shook, Nick (March 14, 2019). "Browns sign veteran offensive lineman Eric Kush". ClevelandBrowns.com.
  13. ^ "Browns sign OL Kendall Lamm". ClevelandBrowns.com. March 15, 2019.
  14. ^ a b Gribble, Andrew (April 1, 2019). "Browns acquire Chiefs S Eric Murray in trade for DL Emmanuel Ogbah". ClevelandBrowns.com.
  15. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 12, 2019). "Browns expected to sign DT Sheldon Richardson". NFL.com. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  16. ^ "Browns sign WR Jaelen Strong". ClevelandBrowns.com. February 20, 2019.
  17. ^ Shook, Nick (March 14, 2019). "Browns add depth in linebacker Adarius Taylor". ClevelandBrowns.com.
  18. ^ "Browns sign OL Bryan Witzmann". ClevelandBrowns.com. March 22, 2019.
  19. ^ "Browns release LB Jamie Collins Sr". ClevelandBrowns.com. March 6, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  20. ^ Steer, Jen (March 11, 2019). "Browns release tight end Darren Fells". WJW. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  21. ^ Alper, Josh (March 18, 2019). "Texans sign Darren Fells". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  22. ^ Brown, Chris (March 25, 2019). "Cornerback E.J. Gaines signs for second stint with Bills". BuffaloBills.com.
  23. ^ a b c Cabot, Mary Kay (April 1, 2019). "Emmanuel Ogbah a no-show; Browns waive Ricardo Louis, Derrick Kindred and Howard Wilson". Cleveland.com. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  24. ^ "Colts Claim Safety Derrick Kindred Off Waivers". Colts.com. April 2, 2019.
  25. ^ "Dolphins Sign WR Ricardo Louis". MiamiDolphins.com. April 8, 2019.
  26. ^ King, Jamil (March 13, 2019). "Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign Breshad Perriman to one-year deal". The Pewter Plank. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  27. ^ "Tyrod Taylor signs with Los Angeles Chargers". WJW-TV. March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  28. ^ "Browns waive LB Tanner Vallejo". ClevelandBrowns.com. February 4, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  29. ^ Urban, Darren (February 5, 2019). "Cardinals Claim LB Tanner Vallejo Off Waivers". AZCardinals.com.
  30. ^ Smith, Scott (March 16, 2019). "Bucs Add Earl Watford to O-Line Equation". Buccaneers.com.

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