Happy New Year!

That’s right, folks!  It is officially the beginning of the 2015 football season!!!

As of 4pm today the new NFL league year is underway.  We kick things off with the “beginning” of free agency (which has actually been happening for weeks even though we’re all supposed to pretend like it hasn’t per NFL rules).

What does the beginning of free agency mean?  It means Adam Schefter will release a ton of information that only he can get (because he has magical powers) and this post will instantly become outdated! YAY!

But seriously… in case you haven’t been keeping tabs on your Cleveland Browns during the offseason, here’s the news:

The Brownies signed Braxston Cave (C) and Micah Pellerin (DB) to futures contracts.  They released OL Paul McQuistan (not so sad).  They signed Varmah Sonie (DB) and re-signed Shaun Draughn (RB), Ryan Seymour (OL), and, most significantly, their punter Spencer Lanning.

The Brownies also came to terms with free agents Brian Hartline (WR), formerly of the Miami Dolphins (and Ohio State Buckeyes!), and Josh McCown (QB), formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (where he was awful) and the Chicago Bears (where he was great for one season on a fluke–or because his offensive weapons included Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, and Matt Forte–you decide).

The Browns also tendered restricted free agents Tashaun Gipson (FS), Craig Robertson (ILB), Ishmaa’ily Kitchen (NT), and Johnson Bademosi (ST).  This gives them the opportunity to match any offer sheets these players might receive from other teams during the free agency period.

Finally, the Browns said a warm goodbye to safety Jim Leonhard, who is retiring from the league, and a not so warm goodbye to quarterback Brian Hoyer, who has come to terms with the Houston Texans.

And last but not least… The Brownies, in typical fashion, orchestrated a THRILLING release of their new logo… which looks exactly like their old logo.

And that’s what you’ve missed!  Stay tuned for more free agency news!


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