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Browns trade Justin Gilbert to Steelers, cut Taylor Gabriel

BEREA — Browns football operations director Sashi Brown pulled the plug on the Justin Gilbert non-era Saturday as the team reduced its roster to the regular-season limit of 53 players.
Cleveland traded Gilbert — the No. 8 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft — to the Steelers in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round pick. The Oklahoma State cornerback finished his Browns career with one interception and four healthy-inactive benchings in 23 games.
Brown also cut five members of last season’s squad in wide receivers Taylor Gabriel, Marlon Moore and Darius Jennings, safety Pierre Desir and cornerback Charles Gaines.
“We’ve had a lot of guys come in and buy into what we’re doing and work their tails off to try to make the roster,” Brown said. “We still have some work to do because there are other opportunities to improve, but we’re really excited about the 53 guys that we’ll enter the season with.”
All 14 players that were drafted by Cleveland in 2016 made the team, as did undrafted rookies Dominique Alexander, a linebacker, and cornerback Tracy Howard.
By jettisoning Gilbert to Pittsburgh, the Browns have no first-round selections remaining from their drafts in 2011 (Phil Taylor), 2012 (Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden), 2013 (Barkevious Mingo) and 2014 (Gilbert and Johnny Manziel).
“We knew heading into this that we could be young, and I think Sashi and his staff have done a great job of positioning us for several years in the future,” coach Hue Jackson said. “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.”
Also waived were defensive end Kenton Adeyemi, nose tackle Chigbo Anunoby, running back Jahwan Edwards, cornerback Mikell Everette, tackle Dan France, center Garth Gerhart, tight end Connor Hamlett, tight end J.P. Holtz, guard Kaleb Johnson, center Mike Matthews, linebacker Jason Neill, cornerback Eric Patterson, linebacker Justin Tuggle and punters Kasey Redfern and Michael Palardy.
Former Broncos punter Britton Colquitt signed a one-year contract with the Browns later in the day, giving them a proven veteran in the role.
“It’s tremendous that our personnel staff was able to quickly bring someone in who has had success in this league and has some skins on the wall,” Jackson said
A team source said Cleveland plans to make additional moves over the next 48 hours, adding players who have been cut around the NFL.
Wide receiver Josh Gordon and defensive end Armonty Bryant do not count toward the Browns’ roster until their four-week league suspensions end.
“These are all very tough decisions, and we truly appreciate all the guys that came in here and busted their tails to compete for a roster spot,” Brown said. “We’re continuing to try and take every opportunity to improve our chances and position ourselves for sustainable success.”
Contact Brian Dulik at 329-7135 or [email protected] and follow @BrianDulik on Twitter.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.


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