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Free Agent CB E.J. Gaines Set to Pay the Browns a Visit

Free agent cornerback E.J. Gaines is scheduled to visit the Jets on Thursday and Browns on Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Gaines met with the Arizona Cardinals last week.

Gaines, who is one of two players unsigned and untagged in our list of the Top 25 free agents, left the Rams in a trade with the Bills last summer. He had 59 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception in 11 games for Buffalo.

In addition to signing Johnson, the Jets also re-signed Morris Claiborne this month and Gaines would give them a solid set of cornerbacks to throw at opposing passing games. The Browns have added T.J. Carrie and Terrance Mitchell at cornerback while also trading Jason McCourty to the Patriots. They also traded for former Packer Damarious Randall, although he’s currently expected to play safety in Cleveland.

Browns OT Joe Thomas Calls it a Career; Announces His Retirement from NFL

Joe Thomas had not missed a down until last season, and while he will never know what it’s like to hold up a Lombardi Trophy, he will one day wear a gold jacket in Canton.

Wednesday he announced he was walking away from the game he loved and played so well, ending his tenure as one of the best tackles in the NFL.

“This was an extremely difficult decision, but the right one for me and my family,” Thomas said in the release. “Playing in the NFL has taken a toll on my body and I can no longer physically compete at the level I need to.”

“From the moment I was drafted, the city embraced me in a way that I could never fully describe. I am proud to call Cleveland home. The loyalty and passion of Browns fans is unmatched and it was an honor to play in front of them from the past 11 years. I would like to thank all of the coaches, teammates, staff, fans and everyone who has shown me support throughout my career. Even though I will be hanging up my cleats, I will always be a Cleveland Brown.”

It was a career sadly filled with too many losing seasons, but in the end he will go down as one of the best that played the game, no matter how many wins and losses the Browns had during that time.

Browns to Ink Steelers Free Agent Offensive Tackle Chris Hubbard

The moves are coming fast and furious for the Browns, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting that the Browns are set to ink Steelers free agent offensive tackle Chris Hubbard.

The deal according to Rapoport is a big one – five years, $37.5M with nearly $18M guaranteed.

For those that don’t know much about Hubbard, he’s 26 years old and has spent the last four seasons with the rival Steelers, appearing in 40 games during that time.

This last season for the Steelers he appeared in 16 regular season games, starting 10. In his career he’s started 14 games for Pittsburgh.

Browns FA RB Isaiah Crowell Leaving Cleveland to Ink with the Jets

The Browns have been working with Duke Johnson on a new deal, and while that doesn’t mean he will for sure be the teams’ feature back in 2018, the writing all along has been on the wall that the team was moving away from Isaiah Crowell.

Today it became official, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Crowell is going to be inking a deal with the New York Jets, a three-year deal.

In four seasons with the Browns Crowell ran for 3,118 yards and 21 touchdowns. His best season was 2016 when he rushed for 952 yards and eight scores.

Browns Deals Continue; Ship Former First-Round Pick DT Danny Shelton to Patriots

A day after the team made a historic amount of trades, and Browns were at it again on Saturday, dealing with the AFC Champion New England Patriots sending them former 2015 first-round draft choice Danny Shelton.

Here’s the details of the deal from ESPN.

The Patriots are also acquiring the Browns’ 2018 fifth-round pick and will send their 2019 third-round pick to Cleveland, sources told ESPN.

The trade, which can’t officially be announced until Wednesday, when the 2018 league year begins, is the fourth trade the Browns have agreed to since Friday.

The 6-foot-2, 335-pound Shelton entered the NFL as a first-round draft choice of the Browns in 2015 (No. 12 overall).

He has played in 46 regular-season games (45 starts), totaling 71 tackles and 1.5 sacks. The Washington alum was a highly touted prospect coming out of college, in part because of his strength at the line of scrimmage against the run.

Shelton, 24, is scheduled to earn a base salary of $2.03 million in 2018. The Patriots can also pick up his fifth-year option for 2019, which would be a yet-to-be-determined salary of the average of the third through 25th highest salaries among defensive linemen.

Browns to Acquire Packers CB Damarious Randall

The Packers are wheeling and dealing with the Cleveland Browns, as today the team has reportedly moved CB Damarious Randall to Cleveland.

As reported by Adam Schefter, no word as of yet as to what will come to the Pack in return for the CB.

Browns Acquire QB Tyrod Taylor From the Bills for a Mid-Round Pick

In a move that can only be described as stunning, the Bills late Friday dealt Quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Browns for a mid-round pick.

Taylor was a driving force for the Bills to reach the postseason last season, but there was question if he would be the starting QB moving forward.

Last year he threw for 3023 yards with 17 touchdowns and 6 picks.

Browns OT Joe Thomas Says He’ll Decide If He’s Returning Soon

Joe Thomas acknowledged at the National Football Foundation Annual Awards Banquet Tuesday night that he’s been exploring his options in sports broadcasting and his retirement isn’t far off, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Thomas told WKYC’s Dave Chudowsky at the banquet that he hasn’t been offered any broadcasting jobs yet, but that he’s been “putting himself in front of the decision makers” and said “the end is coming sooner than later.”

Thomas recently auditioned for a variety of roles at Fox and Fox Sports 1, a source confirmed, and he went through “the car wash” at ESPN when he was there in January to appear on several shows. The New York Post first reported the Fox audition, stating that “Thomas was particularly impressive, according to one source.”

Thomas also told ESPN Cleveland’s Jason Gibbs Tuesday night that he’s “not leaning one way or the other towards retirement” and repeated what he’s said several times since the end of the season: that he’ll tell the Browns before the start of free agency so they can find his replacement if necessary.