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Cleveland Browns: Visit by Gerald McCoy; Dontrell Hilliard, Mack Wilson, Kyle Kalis at OTAs – Terry Pluto


The Browns would like to sign the Veterans Defensive Agreement, but a "team-friendly" contract will be needed.

McCoy had a (non-guaranteed) $ 13 million contract with Tampa Bay. The Bucs are in purgatory. They could not find a team to handle the salary due for him.

This resulted in McCoy being released. He made his first visit to the Browns. He is a six-time professional bowler (2012-2017).

Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times reported that some teams are ready to offer the 31

-year-old a $ 11 million deal per year.

If that's true, it's probably not the Browns.

My favorite NFL money page is overthecap.com, and they report that the Browns are $ 33 million below the salary cap. Only the Colts (57 million US dollars), Texans (41 million US dollars) and 49er (35 million US dollars) have more salary.

But the Browns have already spent a lot of money on their line of defense. Olivier Vernon ($ 15.2 million) and Sheldon Richardson ($ 8 million) were acquired during the off-season. The other starters are Larry Ogunjobi and Pro Bowler Myles Garrett.

The Browns believe they are in good shape on the defensive line.

They were particularly impressed by the work of Chad Thomas, who played for OTAs in the third round in 2018. The defensive end has played only 22 snaps in the last season. They think he can be a rotation player. Their confidence in Thomas is one of the reasons why the Browns have traded the defensive end of Emmanuel Ogbah against defender Eric Murray in Kansas City. Ekuale have impressed. Davis is a five-year professional, most of it as a backup with Baltimore. Ekuale was signed by the Front Office of John Dorsey as an unoccupied free agent in 2018. He spent most of last season in the training team. The product from the US state of Washington has attracted the attention of trainers.

The point: They would like to have McCoy, but they do not have a big hole in the pipe that needs to be filled. After signing a $ 37 million three-year deal ($ 15 million guaranteed) by Richardson, they no longer want to spend much on defensive action. But they dream of having McCoy on the line.


With Duke Johnson out of stock, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are the big names that run back. Chubb starts at the beginning of the season. Hunt has to expect a suspension of eight games.

But I keep hearing this from people watching all the OTAs – Dontrell Hilliard looks good in the backfield and returns to the kickoffs. Dorsey's front office signed him last year as an unannounced Tulane free agent.

Johnson wants to be traded. The Browns want a reliable backup behind Chubb. They like Hilliard a lot, who caught nine limited-field passes last season. One person told me that the 24-year-old had been "extraordinary" this spring. The media have been allowed to see only two OTAs so I have to look around and find out what others have seen.

  Cleveland Browns linebacker Mack Wilson looked better during the OTAs. Photo by John Kuntz / cleveland.com.


Cleveland Browns linebacker Mack Wilson looked better during the OTAs. Photo by John Kuntz / cleveland.com.


I have only seen parts of two workouts, so I'll build the next report on the word of others.

I've told linebacker Mack Wilson has taken some important steps forward so he has a better feel for the game when you watch him in person. The fiver from Alabama is athletic and was awarded in the 2016 recruiting class by ESPN number 34 in the country. Virtually every major school wanted him.

The few training sessions I've seen were more for Sione Takitaki, the third-rate classic, than for Wilson. But the Browns believe both rookies can make a difference this season. Joe Schobert, Christian Kirksey and Genard Avery are expected as linebackers. Kirksey looks healthy after missing nine games due to injuries last season.


I mention Jermaine Whitehead's security for a while.

He comes from Green Bay (2016-17) and the packer connection is important. Deputy General Directors Eliot Wolf and Alonso Highsmith were both Packers before joining Dorsey in Cleveland in 2018.

Now it's the new Defense Coordinator Steve Wilks who praises the strong security. Without being asked, Wilks said, "Jermaine Whitehead is a leader. You do not have to be the type everyone looks forward to being a leader … He's extremely smart … Take control when he's out there. He knows how to communicate and articulate the defense in order to bring everyone to the same page.

While Morgan Burnett is expected to replace Jabrill Peppers (traded to New York), Whitehead positions itself for the season.


1. At this time of the year, the focus is on the game book ("Installs" in Coaching Lingo) and the young players who are fighting for places down the list. That's why a name like Willie Harvey appears. The linebacker from the US state of Iowa was unsubscribed from the Browns Rookie Minicamp Test. Special team coach Mike Priefer mentioned Harvey in passing this week.

. 2 I do not see Harvey defeating lineback newcomers Wilson and Takitaki, but the Browns are keen to improve special teams. Linebackers are an integral part of coverage units.

. 3 As Kyle Kalis trained with the starters on the right, it caught the attention of the media. The St. Edward product has impressed the coaches. Will he beat Austin Corbett at the right-hand guard? The odds are against it. But the trainers let Kalis know that they like what he does.

  The offensive linemen of Cleveland Brown, JC Tretter (left), Kyle Kalis (center) and Chris Hubbard (right), on the second day of the OTA on March 15, 2019 in Berea. (John Kuntz, cleveland.com)


The offensive linemen of Cleveland Browns, JC Tretter (left), Kyle Kalis (center) and Chris Hubbard (right), on the second day of OTA, 15. March 2019, in Berea. (John Kuntz, cleveland.com)

4. I was told that free agent QB David Blough had some nice moments in the camp. I have not seen much of him. The Browns like his sense of the game and everything. Purdue's QB, however, was not confiscated due to lack of weaponry. Anyway, he was okay so far as the Browns keep him in the camp.

. 5 I will be speaking at 6:00 pm on June 4 at Uniontown Library (Lake Community). I will be at the Lakewood Library at 7pm on June 13th. Both events are free.

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