BEREA, Ohio--There were not too many surprises as the Browns made the necessary moves to get down to the roster limit set by the NFL at 53 by 4 p.m. Saturday.
The biggest moves were the release of wide receivers Taylor Gabriel and Marlon Moore. Justin Gilbert was traded for a 2018 sixth-round draft pick to the Steelers.
In addition, the following were let go:
WR Taylor Gabriel
WR Marlon Moore
DB Pierre Desir
DB Charles Gaines
TE Connor Hamlet
P Kasey Redfern
DL Kenton Adeyemi
DL Chigo Anunoby
RB Jahwan Edwards
DB Mikell Everett
OL Dan France
OL Garth Gerhart
TE J.P. Holtz
WR Darius Jennings
OL Kaleb Johnson
OL Mike Matthews
LB Jason Neill
DB Eric Patterson
LB Justin Tuggle
WR Josh Gordon and DL Armonty Bryant, both of whom are suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season, do not count toward the 53-man roster as of 4 p.m. Saturday.
“We’ve had a lot of guys come in and buy in and work their tails off to try to make the roster and we’re excited about the 53 guys we’ve chosen to be Cleveland Browns,” Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said. “We still have some work to do and we’ll see what happens on the claim wire, there are opportunities to improve. But really excited about the 53 guys that we’ll enter the season with.”
Earlier in the day there were reports the Browns signed punter Britton Colquitt, formerly of the Super Bowl Champion Broncos, making punters Palardy and Redfern expendable. However, Palardy is still listed as the punter until the move for Colquitt is finalized.
At receiver, Hue Jackson hinted at some of the moves on a conference call Friday afternoon regarding Gabriel and Moore.
“I have really appreciated all of those guys because they have been here, they have been part of our program and they have worked extremely hard," Jackson said. "Those guys have done a good job in preseason, but I think we all know that we can’t keep them all. How that is going to unfold is going to unfold. I am really appreciative of all of those young men because they came here and gave it everything they have. Unfortunately in the National Football League, you can’t keep everybody on your roster.”
As far as the three drafted wide receivers besides top pick Corey Coleman, the Browns are keeping all four of the wide receivers that they drafted
“We are definitely going to do everything we can to keep those guys here," Jackson said. "We drafted them. We think they have bright futures. Obviously, we haven’t made as many plays yet from that group as we would like, but we think that all those guys have an opportunity. We are working through all of that now, trying to make sure of how that’s all going to pan out, but I think there is an opportunity for those young men to be here.”
The roster is down to 53 but Jackson said he thought the Browns will be active scouring the waiver wire.
“I think it will be because if we see an opportunity to better our football team, we will as we have done," Jackson said. "We have tried to do anything and everything we can to strengthen our team and get a little bit better here and there. We will continue to do so.”
The Browns will likely try to bring back several of the rookies or first year players to the practice squad.