CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns trimmed their roster from 75 players down to the league-mandated limit of 53 Saturday afternoon.
In order to get down to the limit of 53 players, the Browns terminated one contract, waived 18 players and traded defensive back Justin Gilbert to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Wide receiver Josh Gordon and defensive lineman Armonty Bryant are suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season and do not count against the 53-man limit.
“We knew heading into this that we could be young,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “I think Sashi and his staff have done a great job of positioning us for several years in the future, but I think he’s also positioned us for our football team right now to have an opportunity for some young guys to make an impact.
“Obviously, I think it started during the offseason through the draft, through training camp and up to this point.”
All 14 of the Browns’ draft picks, wide receivers Corey Coleman, Jordan Payton, Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis, tight end Seth DeValve, defensive lineman Carl Nassib, linebackers Emmanuel Ogbah, Scooby Wright III and Joe Schobert, offensive linemen Shon Coleman and Spencer Drango, defensive backs Derrick Kindred and Trey Caldwell and quarterback Cody Kessler, made it through the initial cut down to 53 players.
The Browns kept 25 offensive players, including quarterbacks Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown and Kessler, six wide receivers, three tight ends, four running backs, one fullback and eight offensive linemen.
Defensively, the Browns also kept 25 players, six defensive linemen, nine linebackers and 10 defensive backs to go along with their specialists, kicker Patrick Murray, punter Michael Palardy and long-snapper Charley Hughlett.
“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,” said Sashi Brown, the executive vice president of football operations.
“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.”
After trimming down the roster to 53 players, the Browns will begin preparations for the 2016 regular-season, which gets underway against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, September 11.