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NFL News: Browns Tender Jordan Norwood, Extend John Greco

With the NFL’s free agency period under way, the Cleveland Browns officially announce that the team has tendered wide receiver Jordan Norwood and defensive lineman Brian Schaefering (exclusive rights) while signing offensive lineman John Greco to a contract extension.

After being acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Rams, Youngstown-native John Greco appeared in 15 games in 2011. Norwood appeared in 14 games, emerged late in the season as a slot receiving option, hauling in 23 receptions for 268 yards and a touchdown. Schaefering appeared in all 16 contests in a reserve role.

The team also officially confirmed the release of offensive lineman Tony Pashos and punter Richmond McGee. Both players experienced injury-plagued 2011 campaigns, McGee being placed on Injured Reserve following the team’s Week 1 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

[Related: One area the Browns need to improve in free agency – the offensive line]

  • saggy

    enthralling.

  • Big Z

    Norwood? I thought we talked about the receiver issue…

  • Max

    I think Norwood can become a good slot receiver. I like the idea of keeping him around, especially if they are serious about not “being players” in free agency

  • Jaker

    whip out the check book!

  • Kildawg

    Well if the Rams want to trade up to our spot we can get a second rounder (or two) AND our low pick for Greco, who actually adds depth to our OL, especially at OG. The only hole on OL is RT. No doubt we need a WR opposite Little; Cribbs is best as ST/KR/PR/gadget guy. Norwood has slot potential and can CATCH THE BALL. Schaefering solidifies our DL as a whole, especially at DT (he did help bust up Rapistburger).

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Oh wait the Browns did do something…lol…look out now!

  • erchoov

    How is any of this news with the Alex Smith signing happeing earlier.  I can’t wait to watch him continue his run of awful and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.  It’s sweet that we can once again line up 4 tight ends yet we have to move tackles to guards and kick returners to wr just to field a team.  This offseason has excited me just as much as last years so far.