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Notes: Browns show interest in former Jaguars WR Allen Hurns

COLUMBUS — The Browns haven’t stopped shopping for receivers.

They’ve shown interest in Allen Hurns (6-foot-3, 195 pounds), a league source confirmed to The Chronicle on Thursday. He would add size opposite Josh Gordon and competition for Corey Coleman, who’s been a disappointment in two years since being the No. 15 pick in the draft — 56 catches, 718 yards, five touchdowns.

The Browns didn’t get nearly enough production from their wideouts last season and traded for slot receiver Jarvis Landry last week. He caught 400 passes in four years with the Dolphins.

Hurns, 26, was cut Tuesday after spending four seasons with the Jaguars. Originally undrafted, he started 42 of 52 games with Jacksonville, totaling 189 catches for 2,669 yards, a 14.1 average and 21 touchdowns.


He had career highs with 64 catches for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015 and was rewarded with a four-year, $40 million contract, including $16 million guaranteed. His production tailed off, with 39 catches, 484 yards and two touchdowns in eight starts and 10 games in 2017.

The Jaguars cut Hurns to save money after adding receiver Donte Moncrief and re-singing Marqise Lee.

The Cowboys, Jets and Ravens are also reportedly interested.

Former Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor is no longer an option after agreeing to a deal with the Jets.


General manager John Dorsey apparently isn’t satisfied with the cornerback group, either.

He signed free agents TJ Carrie and Terrance Mitchell last week, and NFL Network reported the team had a visit with E.J. Gaines (5-10, 190) scheduled for Friday. He visited the Jets on Thursday and it concluded without a deal.

Gaines, 26, was a sixth-round pick of the Rams in 2014 and was coached by Browns coordinator Gregg Williams.

He spent last year with the Bills, starting 11 games with an interception, nine passes defensed and three forced fumbles. For his career, he’s started 36 of 37 games with three interceptions and 31 passes defensed.

He missed the 2015 season after a Lisfranc injury.


The trade of defensive back C.J. Smith to the Seahawks was nullified when he didn’t pass a physical, a league source told The Chronicle.

The Browns agreed Monday to send Smith to Seattle in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2020. He played in three games for the Browns last year and returns to the roster.


The Browns may be in the market for a veteran backup quarterback to go with starter Tyrod Taylor and the No. 1 pick in the draft. Drew Stanton, a second-round pick in 2007, would fit the bill.

ESPN reported the Browns hosted Stanton on a visit, but a league source told The Chronicle he briefly ran into members of the organization while they were on the West Coast scouting college quarterbacks. The team reported the meeting to the league.

Stanton, 33, spent the last four years in Arizona. He’s 11-6 as a starter in his career with a 52.4 completion percentage, 20 touchdowns, 24 interceptions and a 66.3 passer rating.


Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward could be in consideration for the Browns with the No. 4 pick. He’s widely viewed as the top pure corner in the draft and ran a 4.32-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine to solidify his standing as a likely top-10 pick.

Ward didn’t run the 40 Thursday at the OSU pro day but did position drills, including showing good ball skills by going low to make a catch.

“He’s got what they call twitch,” strength coach Mickey Marotti said. “He’s so twitchy out there with his quick movements, his quickness, his overall downfield speed.”


The Browns were well-represented in Columbus despite Dorsey, coach Hue Jackson and others from the personnel department and coaching staff in Norman, Okla., for a private workout with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. They’ll continue their quarterback tour Friday with Josh Allen’s pro day at Wyoming.

Offensive line coach Bob Wylie, tight ends coach Greg Seamon, assistant defensive backs coach Jerod Kruse, assistant receivers coach Bob Saunders, linebackers coach Blake Williams, director of player personnel Chisom Opara, assistant director of scouting Glenn Cook and assistant director of pro scouting Jim Noel were all spotted inside the Buckeyes’ indoor facility.

Wylie was in Columbus to scout left tackle Jamarco Jones, rather than at Notre Dame to see highly rated guard Quenton Nelson and tackle Mike McGlinchey.

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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