CLEVELAND (WJW) — The cuts had to be made, as they are every year. And Tuesday afternoon, the Cleveland Browns announced their 53-man active roster for the upcoming regular season.
Take a look at who the team officially waived below:
- CB Lorenzo Burns
- WR Jaelon Darden
- RB/WR Demetric Felton Jr.
- RB Hassan Hall
- WR Mike Harley Jr.
- DE Sam Kamara
- DE Jeremiah Martin
- S Tanner McCalister
- TE Zaire Mitchell-Paden
- QB Kellen Mond
- DE Lonnie Phelps
- LB Charlie Thomas III
- DE Isaiah Thomas
- DT Tommy Togiai
- WR Austin Watkins Jr.
- K Cade York
Cade York being on the list should not come as a surprise, as the team made moves for a new kicker Monday, trading for L.A. Chargers kicker Dustin Hopkins.
Four other players’ contracts were terminated, including: G Michael Dunn, DT Trysten Hill, DT Maurice Hurst II and RB John Kelly Jr. Meanwhile WR Michael Woods II was put on reserve/non-football injury.
Take a look at who did make the team below:
- Quarterbacks: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Deshaun Watson
- Running backs: Nick Chubb, Jerome Ford, Pierre Strong Jr.
- Wide receivers: David Bell, Amari Cooper, Marquise Goodwin, Elijah Moore, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cedric Tillman
- Tight ends: Jordan Akins, Harrison Bryant, David Njoku
- Offensive linemen: Joel Bitonio, Jack Conklin, Nick Harris, James Hudson III, Dawand Jones, Ethan Pocic Wyatt Teller, Jedrick Wills Jr., Luke Wypler
- Defensive linemen: Jordan Elliott, Myles Garrett, Shelby Harris, Siaki Ika, Isaiah McGuire, Ogbo Okoronkwo, Za’Darius Smith, Dalvin Tomlinson, Alex Wright
- Linebackers: Matthew Adams, Mohamoud Diabate, Tony Fields II, Jordan Kunaszyk, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Sione Takitaki, Anthony Walker Jr.
- Defensive backs: D’Anthony Bell, Grant Delpit, M.J. Emerson Jr., Mike Ford Jr., Kahlef Hailassie, Ronnie Hickman, Rodney McLeod, Cameron Mitchell, Greg Newsome II, Juan Thornhill, Denzel Ward
- Specialists: Corey Bojorquez, Dustin Hopkins, Charley Hughlett
When talking to reporters late Tuesday afternoon, Browns Head Coach Kevin Stefanski said all of the guys who made the cut absolutely earned it.
“The next step is continuing to grow,” Stefanski said.
Wednesday, the team announced its practice squad picks, with kicker Cade York notably missing, as he has signed to the Tennessee Titans practice squad:
The Browns also made changes to its defense, claiming CB Kahlef Hailassie off waivers and parting ways with CB A.J. Green III on their 53-man roster.
In recent years, the team has crumbled under high expectations, only making it to the postseason once since Stefanski joined in 2020. The team ended last season at 7-10.
The Browns’ regular season officially kicks off Sunday, Sept. 10, against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland at 1 p.m. Find the full schedule right here.