|2012 Cleveland Browns season|
|Head Coach||Pat Shurmur|
|General Manager||Tom Heckert|
|Home Field||Cleveland Browns Stadium|
|Place||4th AFC North|
|Playoff Finish||did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers|| T Joe Thomas |
K Phil Dawson
|Previous season||Next season|
The 2012 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 64th season as a professional sports franchise and its 60th season as a member of the National Football League (NFL). Although the team improved on its record to 5-11 this 2012 season from its 4–12 finish in 2011, the team still placed fourth in the AFC North. The team also failed to break its 9-year playoff drought, the longest in franchise history. The 2012 season was the third season under the leadership of team president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert and the second season under head coach Pat Shurmur. The Browns also had Jimmy Haslam as their new owner, after buying the team from Randy Lerner. The Browns played all of their home games at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ownership change Edit
On August 2, team owner Randy Lerner sold the controlling interest of the Browns to Tennessee businessman Jimmy Haslam. Haslam is the owner of Pilot Flying J travel centers and was previously a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The amount of the sale was in excess of US $1 billion.
The sale is complete pending approval by the NFL owners. A vote is expected in the next owners' meeting in October.
Coaching changes Edit
On January 23, the Browns hired former Tennessee Titans' assistant secondary coach Tim Hauck to replace Henderson as defensive backs coach. Hauck was on the Titans' staff from 2009–2010, and served as an assistant at the collegiate level prior to that.
On January 27, the Browns hired former Minnesota Vikings' head coach Brad Childress as offensive coordinator. Childress coached the Vikings from 2006–2010. From 2003–2005, he was the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, where he worked with current Browns' head coach Pat Shurmur.
Roster changes Edit
Free agency Edit
|Pos||Player||Tag||Date signed||2012 team|
|FS||Mike Adams||UFA||March 15||Denver Broncos|
|G||Oniel Cousins||UFA||March 15||Cleveland Browns|
|K||Phil Dawson||UFA/FT||March 13||Cleveland Browns|
|G||John Greco||UFA||March 13||Cleveland Browns|
|T||Artis Hicks||UFA||March 15||Miami Dolphins|
|RB||Peyton Hillis||UFA||March 14||Kansas City Chiefs|
|ILB||D'Qwell Jackson||UFA||February 27||Cleveland Browns|
|WR||Jordan Norwood||ERFA||April 16||Cleveland Browns|
|CB||Dimitri Patterson||UFA||March 15||Cleveland Browns|
|DT||Brian Schaefering||ERFA||March 15||Cleveland Browns|
|TE||Alex Smith||UFA||March 13||Cleveland Browns|
|C||Steve Vallos||UFA||March 19||Philadelphia Eagles|
|RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, FT: Franchise tag|
|Player re-signed by Browns|
|Pos||Player||Date released||Date signed||2012 Team|
|P||Richmond McGee||March 12|
|DE||Jayme Mitchell||March 16||June 4||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|T||Tony Pashos||March 12|
|RB||Armond Smith||May 14||May 15||Carolina Panthers|
|G||Eric Steinbach||March 14||July 26||Miami Dolphins|
|Pos||Player||Date signed||2011 Team|
|DE||Juqua Parker||March 15||Philadelphia Eagles|
|DE||Frostee Rucker||March 14||Cincinnati Bengals|
2012 Draft Class Edit
The draft occurred from April 26–28. The Browns had an NFL-high eleven selections.
|22[b]||Brandon Weeden||QB||Oklahoma State|
|4||100||Travis Benjamin||WR||Miami (FL)|
|205[f]||Billy Winn||DT||Boise State|
- ^[a] On Draft Day, The Browns acquired the Minnesota Vikings' first-round pick (No. 3) for their own first- (No. 4), fourth- (No. 118), fifth- (No. 139) and seventh- (No. 211) round selections.
- ^[b] The Browns acquired the Atlanta Falcons' 2012 first- (No. 22) and fourth- (No. 118, traded to Minnesota) round selections and 2011 first-, second-, and fourth-round selections for Cleveland's 2011 first-round selection.
- ^[c] The Browns traded their third-round pick (No. 67) to the Denver Broncos for their third- (No. 87) and fourth- (No. 120) round picks picks.
- ^[d] The Browns acquired the Denver Broncos' fifth-round selection, as well as a 2011 sixth-round selection and RB Peyton Hillis in exchange for QB Brady Quinn during the 2010 offseason.
- ^[e] Although the Browns have two sixth-round selections, they traded their original selection in this round to the Minnesota Vikings for DE Jayme Mitchell.
- ^[f] Compensatory selection
Undrafted Free Agents Edit
|CB||Mike Allen||James Madison||April 30||May 30|
|G||Matt Cleveland||Idaho||April 30 ||August 26|
|WR||Josh Cooper||Oklahoma State||April 30||August 31|
|CB||Emanuel Davis||East Carolina||April 30||August 26|
|LB||JoJo Dickson||Idaho||May 14||August 26|
|C||Garth Gerhart||Arizona State||April 30||August 31|
|S||Tashaun Gipson||Wyoming||April 30|
|DE||William Green||Florida||April 30||August 31|
|WR||Antwuan Reed||Pittsburgh||April 30||August 26|
|WR||Bert Reed||Florida State||April 30||August 26|
|WR||Jermaine Saffold||Missouri State||April 30||August 26|
|G||J.B. Shugarts||Ohio State||April 30||August 31|
|LB||Andrew Sweat||Ohio State||April 30||May 14|
|RB||Adonis Thomas||Toledo||May 14||August 31|
Supplemental Draft Edit
On July 12, the Browns selected WR Josh Gordon of Baylor with a second round pick in the supplemental draft. The Browns will forfeit their second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Gordon became only the second player drafted by the Browns in the supplemental draft, the other being QB Bernie Kosar in 1985.
Other news and notes Edit
LB Fujita suspension Edit
On May 2, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced a three-game suspension for LB Scott Fujita for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal in 2009. Fujita was suspended along with former Saints teammates Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, and Will Smith for what the commissioner called "conduct detrimental to the NFL as a result of their leadership roles."
On September 7, two days before the Week 1 game, the suspensions against Fujita and the other players were overturned. Fujita is expected to start the Week 1 contest.
DT Taylor injury Edit
On May 10, starting DT Phil Taylor tore his left pectoral muscle while doing bench presses in the weight room. Taylor, the Browns' 1st round draft choice in 2011, will be out for several months and may miss the entire season.
Suicide of grounds crew member Edit
A member of the Browns' grounds crew killed himself at their practice facility in Berea, Ohio, a team spokesman said Sunday, December 2, 2012. The man's body was found Saturday morning, December 1, 2012, at the facility in suburban Cleveland, the same day Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher committed suicide after killing his girlfriend. Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis confirmed to The Associated Press that a team employee died of a suicide, but provided no other details. He released a statement calling the man a good friend and an outstanding employee and saying the team's heartfelt condolences go out to his family.
|2012 Cleveland Browns staff|
| Front office
| Defensive coaches
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
Opening training camp roster Edit
Week 1 Roster Edit
Cleveland Browns roster
| Offensive Linemen
| Reserve Lists
Rookies in italics
|2012 Cleveland Browns roster|
| Offensive linemen
| Reserve lists
The Browns' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2012.
|Week||Date||Kickoff (EDT)||Opponent||Results||Game site||TV|| NFL.com|
|Final score||Team record|
|1||August 10||7:30 p.m.||at Detroit Lions||W 19–17||1–0||Ford Field||WKYC||Recap|
|2||August 16||8:00 p.m.||at Green Bay Packers||W 35–10||2–0||Lambeau Field||WKYC||Recap|
|3||August 24||7:30 p.m.||Philadelphia Eagles||L 10–27||2–1||Cleveland Browns Stadium||WKYC||Recap|
|4||August 30||7:30 p.m.||Chicago Bears||L 20–28||2–2||Cleveland Browns Stadium||WKYC||Recap|
LB Gocong injury Edit
QB Weeden named starter Edit
First roster cuts Edit
The Browns also placed LBs Emanuel Acho and Chris Gocong on injured reserve, waived/injured DEs Marcus Benard and Austin English and CB Antwaun Reed. The team also placed DT Phil Taylor on the physically unable to perform list.
Second roster cuts Edit
All NFL teams were required to cut their rosters from 75 players to 53 by August 31. The Browns cut quarterback Seneca Wallace; running back Adonis Thomas; fullback Brad Smelley; wide receivers Josh Cooper and Rod Windsor, tight ends Dan Gronkowski and Evan Moore; offensive linemen Dominic Alford, Stanley Daniels, Garth Gerhart, Jerrod Shaw, and J.B. Shugarts; defensive linemen Ronnie Cameron, William Green, Ernest Owushu, Brian Schaefering, and Kiante Tripp; linebackers Benjamin Jacobs and Quinton Spears; and defensive back James Dockery. In addition, DT Phil Taylor remained on the physically unable to perform list.
Cameron, Cooper, Gerhart, Jacobs, Shaw, Shugarts, and Smelley were added to the Browns' practice squad.
Captains elected Edit
|Week||Date||Kickoff (ET)||Opponent||Results||Game site||TV|| NFL.com|
|Final score||Team record|
|1||September 9||1:00 p.m.||Philadelphia Eagles||L 16–17||0–1||Cleveland Browns Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|2||September 16||1:00 p.m.||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 27–34||0–2||Paul Brown Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|3||September 23||1:00 p.m.||Buffalo Bills||L 14–24||0–3||Cleveland Browns Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|4||September 27||8:20 p.m.||at Baltimore Ravens||L 16–23||0–4||M&T Bank Stadium||NFLN[a]||Recap|
|5||October 7||1:00 p.m.||at New York Giants||L 27–41||0–5||MetLife Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|6||October 14||1:00 p.m.||Cincinnati Bengals||W 34–24||1–5||Cleveland Browns Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|7||October 21||1:00 p.m.||at Indianapolis Colts||L 13–17||1–6||Lucas Oil Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|8||October 28||1:00 p.m.||San Diego Chargers||W 7–6||2–6||Cleveland Browns Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|9||November 4||1:00 p.m.||Baltimore Ravens||L 15–25||2–7||Cleveland Browns Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|11||November 18||1:00 p.m.||at Dallas Cowboys||L 20–23 (OT)||2–8||Cowboys Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|12||November 25||1:00 p.m.||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 20–14||3–8||Cleveland Browns Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|13||December 2||4:25 p.m.||at Oakland Raiders||W 20–17||4–8||O.co Coliseum||CBS||Recap|
|14||December 9||1:00 p.m.||Kansas City Chiefs||W 30–7||5–8||Cleveland Browns Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|15||December 16||1:00 p.m.||Washington Redskins||L 21–38||5–9||Cleveland Browns Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|16||December 23||4:05 p.m.||at Denver Broncos||L 12–34||5–10||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||CBS||Recap|
|17||December 30||1:00 p.m.||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 10–24||5–11||Heinz Field||CBS||Recap|
Week 1: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit
The Browns opened their season against the Philadelphia Eagles. They would get their first points of the 2012 season when Phil Dawson kicked a 43-yard field goal to make the score 3-0 for the only points of the opening quarter. The Eagles responded to tie the game at 3-3 when Alex Henery kicked a 42-yard field goal followed by Michael Vick finding Jeremy Maclin in the end zone on an 18-yard touchdown pass to make the halftime score 10-3. Heading into the 3rd quarter and extending into the 4th, the Browns scored 13 unanswered points starting with Dawson's field goals from 42 (for the only score of the quarter) and 22 yards out shortening the Eagles' lead from 4 to just a point from 10-6 to 10-9. And then, the Browns retook the lead when D'Qwell Jackson ran for a 13-yard touchdown for a 16-10 game. However, the Eagles were able to complete the comeback as Vick found Clay Harbor on a 4-yard pass making the final score 17-16.
The Browns started their season 0-1 for the 8th straight year.
Week 2: at Cincinnati BengalsEdit
After a tough home loss to the Eagles, the Browns traveled on the road to take on the Bengals for Round 1 of the Battle Of Ohio. With less than 2 minutes, the Bengals scored as Pacman Jones would return a punt 81 yards for a touchdown making the score 7-0. The Browns responded with Phil Dawson's 50-yard field goal to come within 4 at 7-3. In the 2nd quarter Andy Dalton found A.J. Green on a 10-yard touchdown pass making the score 14-3 for an 11-point lead. The Browns followed up with Trent Richardson running for a 32-yard touchdown making the score 14-10 but the Bengals pulled away as Mike Nugent nailed a 39-yard field goal for a 17-10 halftime lead. In the 3rd quarter, the Bengals went right back to work when Dalton found Brandon Tate on a 44-yard touchdown pass to increase their lead to 24-10. Again, the Browns tried to rally by coming in just a touchdown short with Brandon Weeden's first NFL career touchdown pass: A 23-yard pass to Richardson to make the score 24-17. The Bengals pulled away in the 4th quarter as Dalton found Andrew Hawkins on a 50-yard pass making the score 31-17 but again, the Browns tried to rally by coming within a touchdown as Weeden found Greg Little on a 24-yard pass making the score 31-24. After this, the Bengals moved ahead by double digits for the first time since leading by 14 in the 3rd quarter with Nugent's 37-yard field goal for a 34-24 lead. The Browns tried to rally a comeback but could only come away with 3 points as Dawson nailed a 25-yard field goal for a final score of 34-27.
With the loss, the Browns fell to 0-2. Also, with the Steelers' victory over the Jets, the team now sits in sole possession of last place in the AFC North as well as losing by a certain number of points increasing as the weeks go by from losing to the Eagles by a point in Week 1 to losing to the Bengals by 7 points in Week 2.
Week 3: vs. Buffalo BillsEdit
The Browns returned home for a home game against the Bills. Again, the Browns fell behind and would never lead a game for the 2nd straight week as Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick found T.J. Graham on a 9-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead followed up by Fitzpatrick finding C.J. Spiller on a 32-yard touchdown pass for a 14-0 lead. The Browns got on the board in the 2nd quarter when Trent Richardson ran for a 6-yard touchdown to make the score 14-7 at halftime. However, the Bills went back to work in the 3rd quarter as Rian Lindell nailed a 37-yard field goal to take a 10-point lead of 17-7. The Browns tried to rally coming within 3 points of the Bills when Brandon Weeden found Travis Benjamin on a 22-yard pass coming with 3 at 17-14. However, the Bills pulled away and wrapped this game up as Fitzpatrick found Steve Johnson on a 9-yard touchdown pass for a final score of 24-14.
With the loss, the Browns fell to 0-3 with their loss by a certain number of points worsened to 10.
Week 4: at Baltimore RavensEdit
The Browns traveled to Baltimore to take on the Ravens on TNF. After a scoreless first quarter, the Ravens scored first in the 2nd quarter as Joe Flacco found Torrey Smith on an 18-yard touchdown pass (with a failed PAT) for a 6-0 lead. The team would increase their lead as Justin Tucker nailed a 45-yard field goal to make the score 9-0. Finally, the Browns were able to score not long before halftime when Trent Richardson ran for a 2-yard touchdown making the halftime score 9-7. After the break, the Ravens went right back to work as Flacco used a QB sneak 1-yard run for a 16-7 lead. However, The Browns were able to draw within 6 points as Phil Dawson nailed a 51-yard field goal making the score 16-10. But then, the Ravens pulled away as Cary Williams picked off Weeden and returned the ball 63 yards for a touchdown making the score 23-10. In the fourth quarter, the Browns tried to comeback as Dawson nailed 2 field goals from 50 and 52 yards out making the score 23-13 and then 23-16. However, the Ravens took control of the game and the Browns' record dropped to 0-4 on the season losing their 13th straight game against a division rival and their 9th straight game against the Ravens.
Week 5: at New York GiantsEdit
After a tough road loss to the Ravens, the Browns went to face against the Giants on the road. They drew first blood taking a 7-0 lead as Trent Richardson ran for a 15-yard touchdown followed by Brandon Weeden finding Josh Gordon on a 62-yard touchdown pass leaving the Browns with a 14-0 lead. Finally, the Giants were able to get on the board when Eli Manning found Victor Cruz on a 3-yard pass to shorten the lead 14-7. In the 2nd quarter, the Browns moved ahead by double digits again as Phil Dawson kicked a 32-yard field goal for a 17-7. The Giants then again responded by scoring 17 unanswered points before halftime starting by coming within a touchdown off of Lawrence Tynes' 29-yard field goal making the score 17-10. Then the Giants were able to tie it as Ahmad Bradshaw ran for a 4-yard touchdown for a 17-17 score before the Giants took the lead as Manning found Cruz again on a 7-yard pass making the score 24-17. Tynes not long before halftime would make the score 27-17 with his 40-yard field goal. The Giants went right back to work in the third quarter as Manning found Cruz a 3rd time on a 28-yard pass increasing their lead to 34-17. Then the Browns tried to rally a comeback but only came away with Dawson nailing a 41-yard field goal making the score 34-20. Then in the fourth quarter, David Wilson ran for a 40-yard touchdown making the score 41-20. The Browns wrapped up the game scoring with Weeden finding Gordon again on a 20-yard pass for a final score of 41-27.
The Browns dropped to 0-5 on the season. And with the Saints' win over the Chargers on Sunday Night, they remain the league's only winless team.
Week 6: vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit
The Browns returned home for Round 2 of 2012's Battle of Ohio. The Bengals got off to a fast start in the first quarter as Andy Dalton found Jermaine Gresham on a 55-yard touchdown pass making the score 7-0 for the only score of the period. The Browns then managed to tie it as Brandon Weeden found Josh Gordon on a 71-yard touchdown pass for a 7-7 game before the Bengals moved back into the lead with Dalton's 4-yard pass to A.J. Green making the score 14-7 at halftime. The Browns went into a frenzy of points in the 2nd half starting scoring 13 unanswered points starting in the 3rd quarter when Phil Dawson nailed 2 field goals from 41 and 38 yards out making the score 14-10 and then 14-13 respectively. And in the fourth quarter, they took the lead as Montario Hardestly ran for a 1-yard touchdown for a 20-14 lead. The Bengals came within 3 as Mike Nugent kicked a 44-yard field goal making the score 20-17. But the Browns increased their lead with 2 straight touchdowns as Weeden found Benjamin Watson on a 4-yard pass followed by Sheldon Brown who returned an interception 17 yards for a touchdown making the score 27-17 and then 34-17. The Bengals tried to rally a comeback as Dalton found Green again on a 57-yard pass. But the Bengals failed to rally and therefore loss this game by a final score of 34-24 as the Browns managed to snap their 4-game losing streak to the Bengals as well as their 13-game losing streak to division rivals as they improved to 1-5 with the win.
Week 7: at Indianapolis ColtsEdit
The Browns traveled to Indianapolis to take on an Andrew Luck-led Colts offense. The Colts were able to score in the first quarter as Andrew Luck ran for a 3-yard touchdown making the score 7-0 for the only score of the game. The Browns responded in the 2nd quarter coming within a point when Brandon Weeden found Greg Little on a 14-yard pass (with a failed PAT) making the score 7-6. Then, Luck ran for another touchdown this time from 5 yards out to make the score 14-6 at halftime. The Browns came within a point again in the 3rd quarter as Weeden found Josh Gordon on a 33-yard pass making the score 14-13 but the Colts wrapped things up with Adam Vinatieri's 38-yard field goal followed by a scoreless 4th quarter making the final score 17-13 as the Browns' road record at this point of the season was 0-4 while their record overall was 1-6.
Week 8: vs. San Diego ChargersEdit
In rainy and windy conditions, Trent Richardson would score the game's only touchdown running from 26 yards out for a 7-0 lead. The Chargers managed to get on the board as Nick Novak score a 43-yard field goal before halftime making the score 7-3. The Chargers would then score the only 2nd half points in the 3rd quarter with Novak scoring a 31-yard field goal making the score 7-6. The Browns' defense would then hold a game where the opponent doesn't score a touchdown winning by only a point and increasing their record to 2-6 and their home record to 2-2.
Week 9: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit
The Ravens took a 14-0 lead after the first quarter, but the Browns took the lead with five consecutive field goals from Phil Dawson. However, the Ravens retook the lead for good in the fourth quarter. With their 10th-straight loss to the Ravens, the Browns went into their bye week at 2-7.
Week 11: at Dallas CowboysEdit
The Browns came into Cowboys Stadium leading 13-0 at halftime. However, the lead was blown as the Browns were outscored 20-7 in the 2nd half with the Cowboys kicking a late field goal to tie the game at 20-20 and send it into overtime. There, the Cowboys would kick the game-winning field goal, dropping the Browns to 2-8 and 0-3 against the NFC East.
Week 12: vs. Pittsburgh SteelersEdit
Although the Steelers scored first on a 53 yd interception return by Lawrence Timmons, the Browns benefited from eight Pittsburgh turnovers and the Browns defeated the Steelers 20-14. This was the first Browns victory over the Steelers since Week 14 of the 2009 season, and only the fifth time the Browns beat the Steelers since returning to the NFL in 1999. The Browns would become the only AFC North team on the season to successfully defend their home territory against the Steelers. After the game, it was announced that team president Mike Holmgren would leave the Browns effective immediately.
Week 13: at Oakland RaidersEdit
Behind Brandon Weeden's career high passing day (364 yds), the Browns defeated the Oakland Raiders 20-17, snapping a 12 game road losing streak, and their first consecutive wins since Weeks 2 and 3 of the 2011 season.
Week 14: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit
Helped by a 93 yard punt return by Travis Benjamin (the longest punt return for a touchdown in franchise history), the Browns defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 30-7 for their first three game win streak since 2009, improving their current season to 5-8 and 3-0 against the AFC West. With losses by the Bengals and Steelers (both 7-6), the Browns still remain in playoff contention moving up to only two games behind their two longest rivals.
Week 15: vs. Washington RedskinsEdit
With the loss, the Browns fell to 5-9 and were eliminated from the postseason contention. This loss clinched the team's fifth straight losing season and 12th in the 14 years since rejoining the NFL. The Browns were 4-4 in home games.
Week 16: at Denver BroncosEdit
With the loss, the Browns dropped to 5-10 on the season, and as a result they officially clinched 4th-place in the AFC North for the second straight season since they still remained two games behind the 3rd-place Steelers (7-8), who got booted from the playoff race by the Bengals earlier that day.
Next week the Browns look to win in Pittsburgh for the first time since 2003, and sweep the Steelers for the first time since 1988.
Week 17: at Pittsburgh SteelersEdit
After a tough loss at the Broncos, the Browns traveled to Pittsburgh for game 2 of the 2012 Rust Belt Series. The Browns were able to tie the game at 3-3 and then 10-10. However, they were overpowered by the Steelers as they scored 14 unanswered points to make the final score 24-10. The Browns would go on to lose the game finishing 5-11 for the season. They finished 1-7 in games away from home.
Shurmur and Heckert fired Edit
On December 31, the day after the final regular season game, the Browns fired head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert. In two seasons as Browns head coach, Shurmur posted a record of 9-23, including a disappointing 2-10 mark within the division (1-3 vs. the Bengals and Steelers and 0-4 vs. the Ravens).
2013 Pro Bowl Edit
On December 26, T Joe Thomas and K Phil Dawson were recognized for their individual accomplishments by being named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster. Thomas, who will be the starting left tackle, is making his sixth consecutive appearance in the Pro Bowl, while this is the first Pro Bowl appearance for Dawson in his 14-year career.
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- ↑ Eagles Sign C Vallos
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Browns release T Pashos and P McGee
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- ↑ Buccaneers sign DE Mitchell
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