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Notes: E.J. Gaines signs 1-year deal with Browns, as GM John Dorsey adds another cornerback

General manager John Dorsey keeps adding cornerbacks.

The Browns signed free agent E.J. Gaines on Friday to a one-year, $4 million deal. He joins TJ Carrie and Terrance Mitchell, who were signed last week in the first wave of free agency.

Damarious Randall was also acquired in a trade last week, but the plan is to play him at free safety.

Gaines (5-foot-10, 191 pounds) was a sixth-round pick of the Rams in 2014 out of Missouri. He spent three years with the Rams before being traded to the Bills last season.


He’s started 36 of 37 games, totaling 185 tackles, 30 passes defensed, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He started 11 games last year, with 59 tackles, nine passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one interception, as Buffalo made its first playoff appearance since 1999.

Gaines, 26, made a difference for the Bills. In the 12 games he played, they went 8-4, allowing 18.0 points and 215 passing yards, according to They went 1-4 without him, with 30.4 points and 235 passing yards allowed.

Gaines will be reunited with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who had him for three years with the Rams.

Gaines, who missed the 2015 season after a Lisfranc injury, visited the Jets on Thursday.


The Browns are looking into adding a veteran pass rusher to complement defensive ends Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah.

The team and Junior Galette have mutual interest, a league source told The Chronicle-Telegram.

Galette, who turns 30 on Tuesday, has 34.5 sacks in six seasons. He had three in 16 games in 2017 with Washington after missing the previous two seasons with a pair of torn Achilles tendons.

Galette (6-foot-2, 257 pounds) has a history of off-field incidents, including being chased, tasered and arrested in Mississippi last year.

Charges were dropped after an arrest in 2015 for domestic abuse but he served a two-game suspension from the NFL.

He could have an advocate with the Browns in Scot McCloughan, who signed Galette while he was general manager in Washington. McCloughan is serving as a consultant with the Browns.

Williams coached Galette in 2010-11 with the Saints. Galette, who was undrafted and spent five years in New Orleans, really came on later, getting 12 sacks in 2013 and 10 in 2014.

He’s played defensive end and outside linebacker in his career and would likely be used as a third end with the Browns. On passing situations, he and Garrett, the No. 1 pick in 2017, could rush from the outside with Ogbah shifting inside.


Receiver Allen Hurns told ESPN he’ll sign with the Cowboys. The Browns were interested in him.

** FirstEnergy Stadium will host the U.S. Women’s National Team’s friendly match against China on June 12. Tickets go on sale next Friday at 10 a.m. by phone at (800) 745-3000. They’re also available at the stadium ticket office from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and June 11 and the day of the game starting at 9 a.m.

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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