Browns re-signed RB Brandon Jackson to a one-year contract.
Jackson, 27, signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Browns prior to 2011, but he only appeared in two games for the team. He battled turf toe in his first season and was a healthy scratch for much of 2012. Jackson will compete with Montario Hardesty, Dion Lewis, and Chris Ogbonnaya for backup duties.
The Browns are giving second-year DB Johnson Bademosi a look at safety.
Bademosi made the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford last season, and he played 24 snaps on defense. Many thought he lacked the cover skills to survive on the outside, and the Browns have a hole at free safety. Bademosi ran a 4.39 forty and posted a 40" vertical at the Cardinal's Pro Day.
Browns LG Jason Pinkston (blood clot in lung) is participating in OTAs.
Pinkston was on his way to a breakout season prior to landing on IR in Week 7. He's back as the likely starting left guard for a unit our Evan Silva ranks sixth in the league.
Brandon Weeden opened OTAs as the clear No. 1 quarterback, as expected.
The new Browns regime inherited Weeden, but they're still going to give him a shot to run with the job. He has the skill set to succeed in Rob Chudzinski's vertical offense, a scheme that once sent Derek Anderson to the Pro Bowl. For now, Jason Campbell is merely quality competition.
Browns GM Mike Lombardi said Tashaun Gipson remains the starting free safety.
The Browns used a sixth-round pick on Jamoris Slaughter, but he's coming off a torn Achilles' and isn't real competition. They've also passed on free agents such as Kerry Rhodes, giving Gipson a vote of confidence. He graded out 42nd among 88 qualifying safeties in Pro Football Focus' rankings last season.
The Freeh Group has been hired as part of a class-action lawsuit against Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's truck-stop company Pilot Flying J.
The Freeh Group is headed by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, and led the Penn State-sanctioned investigation into the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The civil lawsuits are mounting against Haslam's company ' which is accused of defrauding hundreds of customers ' but he's yet to be charged in the FBI's investigation. It's a matter of when, not if, that will happen.
Browns signed P T.J. Conley.
The Jets' 2011 punter, Conley joins a competition that currently includes Spencer Lanning and Jake Schum. The only player with NFL experience, Conley is the favorite, but Cleveland could still end up re-signing free agent Reggie Hodges.