BEREA, Ohio– Cleveland general manager John Dorsey spoke with members of the media on a conference call Thursday afternoon following a round of free agent signings.
It’s been a busy week for Dorsey. He traded guard Kevin Zeitler and safety Jabrill Peppers to the Giants in exchange for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and linebacker Olivier Vernon. Cleveland also gave up its first-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.
When asked about past problems with OBJ, Dorsey emphasized the WR’s potential to improve the team.
“We do our research on every player that becomes a Cleveland Brown. With regards to Odell, he is a very passionate and competitive guy that is going to help this football team,” Dorsey said. “You can’t have enough competitive football players. We all understand the magnitude of his ability to play the game of football. He is a good football player, and you can’t have enough weapons around you. He is a really good asset to have on our football team.”
The GM said he did not talk to Beckham’s LSU teammate Jarvis Landry before the trade.
“I know that they are best of friends. They are very competitive with each other. I heard (former LSU and Kansas Head Coach) Les Miles talk about how those two would drive each other and push each other when they were at LSU to compete. I think it can only help each other because that competition brings out the best in any athlete, regardless of the sport.”
The Browns also signed defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, tight end Demetrius Harris and linebacker Adarius Taylor. They also answered questions during Thursday’s call.
“I just want to bring the grit, bring the winning culture back,” Harris said. “Dorsey is building an amazing team.” Dorsey signed Harris as an undrafted free agent in Kansas City in 2013.
Dorsey was asked if the Browns would pursue safety Eric Barry, who was released by Kansas City this week.
“I’ve known Eric Berry for a long, long time and he is a fine person,” Dorsey said. He said the team will do it’s research.
Dorsey was unable to provide any information on the status of running back Kareem Hunt, who was signed to the Browns. He was released by the Chiefs when video surfaced of an incident at The 9 in downtown Cleveland.
The general manager would not confirm if the Browns are shopping running back Duke Johnson.