2019 Cleveland Browns Season

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 after earning Odell Beckham Jr from the New York Giants. 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. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams finished out the 2018 season with a 5–3 (.625) record.

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

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 after earning Odell Beckham Jr from the New York Giants.

Off-season

Coaching changes

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.[1] Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams finished out the 2018 season with a 5–3 (.625) record.

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 changes

Re-signings

PosPlayerTagDate
LB Ray-Ray Armstrong UFA March 13[5]
CB Phillip Gaines UFA March 19[6]
OT Greg Robinson UFA February 25[7]

Players added

PosPlayerTag2018 teamDate
WR Odell Beckham Jr. Trade[trade 1] New York Giants March 13[8]
TE Demetrius Harris UFAKansas City Chiefs March 14[9]
RB Kareem Hunt UFA Kansas City Chiefs February 11[10]
G Eric Kush UFA Chicago Bears March 14[11]
OT Kendall Lamm UFA Houston Texans March 15[12]
DT Sheldon Richardson UFA Minnesota Vikings March 13[13]
WR Jaelen Strong UFAJacksonville Jaguars February 20[14]
LB Adarius Taylor UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers March 14[15]
DE Olivier Vernon Trade[trade 1] New York Giants March 13[8]
G Bryan Witzmann UFA Chicago Bears March 22[16]

Players lost

PosPlayerTag2019 teamDate
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun UFA Houston Texans March 15
LB Jamie Collins Release[17]
TE Darren Fells Release[18] Houston Texans March 19[19]
SS Jabrill Peppers Trade[trade 1] New York Giants March 13[8]
WR Breshad Perriman UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers March 13[20]
QB Tyrod Taylor UFA Los Angeles Chargers March 13[21]
LB Tanner Vallejo Release[22] Arizona Cardinals February 5[23]
G Earl Watford UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers March 15[24]
WR Daniel Williams Release[7]
G Kevin Zeitler Trade[trade 1] New York Giants March 13[8]

Trade notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 The Browns acquired WR Odell Beckham, Jr. and LB Olivier Vernon from the New York Giants in exchange for a SS Jabrill Peppers, G Kevin Zeitler, and 2019 1st-round (No. 17) and 3rd-round (No. 95) selections.

2019 draft class

2019 Cleveland Browns Draft
RoundSelectionPlayerPositionCollege
249
380
4119
5144
5155
5170
6189
7221

Staff

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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AFC East
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MIA
NE
NYJ
North
BAL
CIN
CLE
PIT
South
HOU
IND
JAX
TEN
West
DEN
KC
LAC
OAK
NFC East
DAL
NYG
PHI
WAS
North
CHI
DET
GB
MIN
South
ATL
CAR
NO
TB
West
ARI
LAR
SF
SEA

Current roster

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 March 22, 2019
Depth chartTransactions
70 Active, 0 Inactive, 4 FAs

AFC rostersNFC rosters

Preseason

The Browns' preseason opponents and schedule will be announced in the spring.

Regular season

2019 opponents

Listed below are the Browns' opponents for 2019. Exact dates and times will be announced in the spring.[25]

CategoryHomeAway
Division opponents
(AFC North)
Baltimore Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers
Conference opponents
(AFC East)
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New York Jets
Conference opponents
(based on 2018 division placement)
Tennessee TitansDenver Broncos
Interconference opponents
(NFC West)
Los Angeles Rams
Seattle Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals
San Francisco 49ers

References

  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. 1 2 "Browns re-sign linebacker Tank Carder". ClevelandBrowns.com. February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  8. 1 2 3 4 "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. Gribble, Andrew (March 14, 2019). "Browns sign versatile TE Demetrius Harris". ClevelandBrowns.com.
  10. "Browns sign RB Kareem Hunt". ClevelandBrowns.com. February 11, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  11. Shook, Nick (March 14, 2019). "Browns sign veteran offensive lineman Eric Kush". ClevelandBrowns.com.
  12. "Browns sign OL Kendall Lamm". ClevelandBrowns.com. March 15, 2019.
  13. Patra, Kevin (March 12, 2019). "Browns expected to sign DT Sheldon Richardson". NFL.com. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  14. "Browns sign WR Jaelen Strong". ClevelandBrowns.com. February 20, 2019.
  15. Shook, Nick (March 14, 2019). "Browns add depth in linebacker Adarius Taylor". ClevelandBrowns.com.
  16. "Browns sign OL Bryan Witzmann". ClevelandBrowns.com. March 22, 2019.
  17. "Browns release LB Jamie Collins Sr". ClevelandBrowns.com. March 6, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  18. Steer, Jen (March 11, 2019). "Browns release tight end Darren Fells". WJW. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  19. Alper, Josh (March 18, 2019). "Texans sign Darren Fells". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  20. King, Jamil (March 13, 2019). "Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign Breshad Perriman to one-year deal". The Pewter Plank. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  21. "Tyrod Taylor signs with Los Angeles Chargers". WJW-TV. March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  22. "Browns waive LB Tanner Vallejo". ClevelandBrowns.com. February 4, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  23. Urban, Darren (February 5, 2019). "Cardinals Claim LB Tanner Vallejo Off Waivers". AZCardinals.com.
  24. Smith, Scott (March 16, 2019). "Bucs Add Earl Watford to O-Line Equation". Buccaneers.com.
  25. "2019 Opponents Determined". NFL Communications. December 31, 2018. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
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