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Browns Notes: 3-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee traded to Carolina

BEREA -- The Browns can’t get enough draft picks.

BEREA — The Browns can’t get enough draft picks.
After practice Monday, they traded three-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee to the Carolina Panthers for a fourth-round pick in 2018 and punter Kasey Redfern. The Browns also gave up a seventh-round pick in 2017.
The trade came three days after Lee was chewed out by coach Hue Jackson for not trying to make a tackle in a preseason game.
Lee, 34, let Tampa Bay’s Adam Humphries finish a 73-yard return for a touchdown Friday night in a 30-13 loss to the Buccaneers. Jackson greeted him on the sideline with some harsh words.
“Let’s be honest, we’re out there to play and if another guy has the ball, you’re out there to go get it,” Jackson said after the game. “The second time he did that, so that was improvement. That’s something to build on. The first time, he understood his conversation with me. That’s not how we pursue it, and he made amends for that.”
The Panthers are trying to reach the Super Bowl for the second straight year, and punter Mike Scifres suffered a knee injury Friday on a roughing penalty. The timing and price were right for the Browns to part with one of their best players.
Through a variety of trades, the Browns have added extra first-, second and fifth-round picks in 2017 and second- and fourth-rounders in 2018. They also expect to get multiple compensatory picks in the middle rounds after center Alex Mack, right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, safety Tashaun Gipson and receiver Travis Benjamin left in free agency.
Redfern was undrafted in 2014 and has never punted in a regular-season game. He’s averaged 46.8 yards on 12 punts in three preseason games this year.
Lee ranks sixth in NFL history with a 46.2 gross average. He ranks ninth with 325 punts inside the 20-yard line.
The Browns traded a conditional sixth- or seventh-round pick to the 49ers for Lee before last season, and he set Browns season records with a 46.7 gross and 40.1 net. He will make $2.83 million this season.
The Browns continue to get rid of high-priced veterans while stockpiling picks, furthering the impression they are looking beyond this season. Outside linebacker Paul Kruger was cut Monday and outside linebacker and former first-round pick Barkevious Mingo was traded to the Patriots last week for a fifth-round pick.
“It’s just about (winning now) with Coach Hue,” cornerback Joe Haden said. “That’s what we get every single day and every single team meeting. The only thing we’re worried about is winning here and whatever moves they make is about us winning.”
Patrick Murray won the kicking job, unseating incumbent Travis Coons, who was waived Monday.
Murray is 2-for-2 on field goals in the preseason. He went 16-for-20 on field goals for Tampa Bay in 2014, then missed all of last year after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He was waived by the Buccaneers on May 19 and signed by the Browns on June 9.
“As soon as I did get released, I was looking forward to hopefully Cleveland calling me,” Murray said. “I really wanted to play for this organization. I love the way that this organization represents itself. I love what they stand for. I love what these fans stand for and I’m just so fortunate to be able to play for them.”
Murray appreciates his second chance.
“Getting an opportunity to play in the NFL, there is a sense of satisfaction of reaching your dream,” he said. “Coming back from an injury, having another opportunity to play the game that you love and getting to share that with my family, there’s nothing better than that.”
Jackson will buck convention and play his starters Thursday night in the preseason finale vs. the Bears.
Most coaches rest their best players to avoid injury so close to the start of the season, but Jackson feels compelled to play them after the dismal performance Friday night in Tampa Bay.
“We’re going to play our guys,” he said. “I feel comfortable that we need to play our starters on both sides of the ball. Now how much they play, that’s yet to be determined by me.
“I think we need to play. I think we need to get better as a football team as we continue to move forward.”
The Browns are 0-3. Jackson went 0-4 in the preseason in 2011, his year as head coach in Oakland. He went 8-8 in the regular season and got fired.
“I like to win. I’ll be the first to tell you that,” he said. “But if this was going on my tombstone, I’d be concerned about it. It’s not. Nobody’s going to ask me about the preseason games. They’re going to ask me about the regular season.”
Rookie Emmanuel Ogbah is back at outside linebacker after the release of Kruger. Ogbah was drafted at No. 32 to play outside linebacker but was moved to end after Desmond Bryant suffered a season-ending torn pectoral muscle.
“I think he’ll be fine,” Jackson said. “I think it gets down to what we’re asking him to do at that position.”
Ogbah had worked primarily at end during camp and the preseason but did see a little time at outside linebacker. He said he’s prepared for the return.
“I feel good, even though I would like to get after the quarterback,” he said. “It’s just whatever the team wants me to do. They drafted me as a versatile player, so I’m just ready to do what they ask.”
The hardest part will be dropping in coverage, which he didn’t have to do at Oklahoma State as an end in its 4-3 scheme.
Nickelback K’Waun Williams was waived nearly two weeks after the team suspended him for two weeks after he refused to play in the preseason opener against Green Bay and left the team. According to his agent, Williams got a second opinion from a specialist at the Cleveland Clinic and needs surgery to remove bone chips in his ankle.
“I really don’t want to get into that,” Jackson said of the reason for the release. “We obviously have released several guys today and we’re just moving forward.”
The Browns terminated the contracts of Kruger, quarterback Austin Davis and defensive end Nick Hayden and waived tight ends E.J. Bibbs and David Reeves, safety Sean Baker, receivers Josh Boyce and Ed Eagan, fullback Robert Hughes and offensive lineman Cory Tucker.
Running back Glenn Winston (shoulder) and defensive lineman Nile Lawrence-Stample (shoulder) were placed on injured reserve.
The roster is at 75 in time for the deadline today at 4 p.m. The final cut to 53 is Saturday.
** Veteran cornerback Tramon Williams is 33 years old, due to make $6.2 million this season and was replaced by Jamar Taylor in the starting lineup last week.
With Williams’ roster spot seemingly in jeopardy, Jackson was asked if he’s part of the team’s plans.
“Oh, yeah. Tramon is,” Jackson said. “I’m excited about him. He’s a pro. I like what he’s done and obviously we need to get him more opportunities out there on the field.”

Rookie receiver Ricardo Louis and rookie cornerback Trey Caldwell returned to practice after missing weeks with hamstring injuries. Caldwell, a fifth-round pick, hasn’t played in the preseason and Louis, a fourth-rounder, just the opener. Jackson was asked if it’s too late for them to make the team. “Never too late for anybody,” he said. “We’d love to see them in a game, will give you a little more clarification of what they are. But at the same time we have a pretty good idea of who they are and where they are. “Will it be tough for them to earn a spot? That’s yet to be determined.”
Tramon Williams (toe), receiver/special teamer Marlon Moore (hip) and running back/special teamer Raheem Mostert (hamstring) didn’t practice, working on the side with trainers.
Cornerback Justin Gilbert (concussion) wasn’t on the field.

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