The Browns, like all teams have started making moves to trim their rosters down to the appropriate number. The bottom of the Browns roster will always be churned significantly with CEO Joe Banner and GM Mike Lombardi as seen by Banner’s time with the Eagles and Lombardi’s connection with Bill Belichick.
Two names will not be on the team next year that fans know: Montario Hardesty and Owen Marecic. Hardesty, the oft injured tailback out of Tennessee, was placed on IR. The team could of cut Hardesty but this allows him to work out with the team and work with the team doctors/trainers. The Browns will have first hand knowledge of his recovery process and may look to bring him back next year on a 1 year make good deal. New owner Jimmy Haslam’s love for all things Tennessee Volunteers may mean a low risk 1 year deal is pushed for. Low risk with most likely a low reward.
Marecic the combo FB/LB when he came out of Stanford created much disdain by his inability to catch the football out of the backfield. Marecic never endeared himself in Cleveland, especially to fans who loved the smashmouth Lawerence Vickers style of play before he left as a free agent. The new coaching staff does not put much emphasis on the FB position, and especially ones who cannot catch. Marecic seems to be a waste of a 4th round pick.
The Browns also released LB Kendrick Adams, OL Dominic Alford, WR Dominique Croom, DL Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, FB Owen Marecic, OL Ryan Miller and TE Travis Tannahill and placed OL Chris Faulk on the reserve/non-football injury list. Miller never recovered from his significant head injury from earlier in camp.
The Browns were awarded claims on two players: Jacksonville Jaguars LB Paul Hazel and San Francisco 49ers Punter Colton Schmidt. Punter competition was highly likely. Expect to see the Browns seeking claims on offensive guards and running backs.