Charles Gaines
Gaines in 2016 training camp
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-10-03) October 3, 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Career information
College: Louisville
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 6 / Pick: 189
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Cleveland Browns ( 2015)
Career highlights and awards
* Third-team All-ACC (2014)
  • First-team All-AAC (2013)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     15
Forced fumbles     1
Fumble recoveries     0
Pass deflections     2
Interceptions     0

Charles Gaines, Jr. (born October 3, 1992) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Louisville.

High schoolEdit

Gaines attended Miami Central High School in Miami, Florida, where he was part of the same graduating class as teammates Rakeem Cato, Tommy Shuler, Durell Eskridge and Devonta Freeman.[1] As a senior, he helped lead his team to a class 6-A state title, recording a second quarter interception which he returned for a touchdown.[2]

Considered a three-star recruit by, he was rated as the 43rd best wide receiver prospect of his class.[3] On September 26, 2010, he accepted a scholarship and committed to the University of Louisville.[4]

College careerEdit

Gaines redshirted as a true freshman in 2011, after enrolling early in January 2011 with Teddy Bridgewater. In 2012, as a wide receiver, he caught 11 passes for 172 yards and one touchdown, but missed the final five games of the season due to a suspension, his second one that year.[5] He returned to the team in April 2013, where he was moved to cornerback.[6] He played in all 13 games, making 11 starts. He recorded 22 tackles and a team leading five interceptions, and earned first-team All-American Athletic Conference (AAC) honors. In 2014, he started 11 games for the Cardinals, recording 36 tackles with two interceptions.

Following the season, he announced he would forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.[7]

Professional careerEdit

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Gaines drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round, 189th overall, of the 2015 NFL Draft.[8] On May 10, 2015, Gaines signed a four-year, $2.402 million contract with the Browns, which included a $122,137 signing bonus.[9] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Browns.[10]

Buffalo BillsEdit

On December 7, 2016, Gaines was signed to the Bills' practice squad.[11] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Bills on January 2, 2017.[12] Gaines was waived by the Bills on May 25, 2017.[13]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On July 31, 2017, Gaines signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.[14] He was waived/injured on August 20, 2017 and placed on injured reserve.[15] He was released on August 25, 2017.


  2. Central Brings Title Back To Dade County
  3. Charles Gaines Jr. - Yahoo Sports
  4. Strong lands another Florida athlete
  5. Charles Gaines & BJ Dubose Suspended Indefinitely
  6. Charles Gaines moved from wide receiver to cornerback
  7. Louisville's Charles Gaines to forego senior season Script error
  8. Cabot, Mary Kay (May 11, 2015). "Browns sign 6th-rounder Charles Gaines, waive kicker Garrett Hartley and add 8 from rookie camp". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  9. "Charles Gaines". 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  10. Gribble, Andrew (September 3, 2016). "Cleveland Browns reduce roster to 53".
  11. Brown, Chris (December 7, 2016). "Bills add CB to practice squad".
  12. "Bills announce six as future signings". January 2, 2017.
  13. Brown, Chris (May 25, 2017). "Bills sign free agent LB Gerald Hodges".
  14. Gantt, Darin (July 31, 2017). "Jaguars make a change at cornerback".
  15. "Jaguars Sign Running Back DuJuan Harris". August 20, 2017.

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