Editor's note: Tony Grossi covers the Cleveland Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR.
A year ago, John Dorsey was in his first offseason as GM of the Browns and there was a lot of work to be done. He was inheriting an 0-16 team.
Dorsey jumpstarted his first Browns draft with seven trades, acquiring three players, and signed 12 others in free agency. Ten of those 15 players made a total of 77 game starts. Dorsey then aced his first draft and the Browns advanced to 7-8-1.
Considering that seven-win improvement, Dorsey was not expected to be as active in veteran player acquisition in his second offseason.
But he was.
So far, Dorsey has made two trades, netting three players, and he signed 11 others.
He may not be done.
Last year, Dorsey signed two players in June, and one – Greg Robinson – became a prominent starter. Also, there is a chance running back Duke Johnson could be dealt, possibly for another player.
Dorsey still has eight draft picks at his disposal in the April 25-27 draft. Until then, here is a rundown of Dorsey’s player acquisitions in chronological order, and where these players fit as the team enters the second week of its offseason conditioning program.
Feb. 11: Signed running back Kareem Hunt.
The first big surprise of the offseason, Dorsey entrusted his former Kansas City draft pick with a second chance knowing he would be suspended for violations of the league personal conduct policy. On March 15, Hunt the NFL announced a suspension of eight games for Hunt beginning on Aug. 31. In the meantime, Hunt can participate in all offseason activities, training camp and preseason games.
Feb. 20: signed wide receiver Jaelen Strong.
A third-round draft choice of the Houston Texans in 2015, this 6-2, 217-pound receiving target did not play in 2018 after suffering a torn ACL late in the 2017 with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has 31 receptions and four touchdowns in 40 NFL games.
March 13: Acquired wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and defensive end Olivier Vernon from the New York Giants in exchange for guard Kevin Zeitler, safety Jabrill Peppers, and the 17th (first round) and 95th (third round) draft picks.
The blockbuster acquisition of the entire NFL offseason, Beckham is one of the most dynamic players and personalities in the league and fills the role of bona fide star No. 1 outside receiver that has eluded the franchise for decades.
March 14: Signed defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
A first-round pick of the New York Jets in 2013, he is embarking on his fourth team in four years. His 23.5 sacks in six years attest to his ability to pressure quarterbacks from the left tackle position.
March 14: Signed tight end Demetrius Harris.
With Kansas City, Dorsey signed him off the basketball court as an undrafted free agent from Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013. He'll take the place of departed Darren Fells, another basketball player-turned-tight end. In five seasons with the Chiefs, Harris had 57 receptions and six touchdowns in 71 games.
March 14: Signed linebacker Adarius Taylor.
March 14: Signed offensive lineman Eric Kush.
A sixth-round pick of Dorsey’s Chiefs in 2013, he bounced around five teams before receiving 10 starts at guard in 2016 and 2018 with the Chicago Bears. He can play all three interior offensive line positions.
March 15: Signed offensive tackle Kendall Lamm.
An undrafted free agent of the Texans in 2015, he made 13 starts at right tackle in 2018 and has 24 in four seasons.
March 22: Signed offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann.
Originally an undrafted free agent of the Texans, Dorsey claimed him off waivers with Kansas City in 2016. He has made 20 starts at both guard spots the last two years with the Chiefs and Bears, splitting time with Kush last year season in Chicago.
He was drafted by Dorsey in the fourth round for the Chiefs in 2016. After two season of mostly special teams duty, he started nine games at strong safety in 2018.
April 5: Signed safety Morgan Burnett.
A third-round pick of the Packers in 2010 when Dorsey was still in Green Bay, along with associates Alonzo Highsmith and Eliot Wolf, Burnett earned a second contract in 2013. He wound up starting 102 games at strong safety for the Packers in eight seasons. He moved on to Pittsburgh as a free agent in 2018, and asked for his release after a disappointing season. He fills the last remaining starting spot of the 22 on offense and defense.
April 5: Signed quarterback Garrett Gilbert.
The unofficial MVP of the one and only truncated season of existence of the Alliance of American Football, his 2,152 passing yards and 13 touchdowns are AAF records that will never be broken. Before his time as an Orlando Apollo, Gilbert was a sixth-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2014 who bounced around five NFL teams, lastly the Carolina Panthers. He played at Baker Mayfield’s Lake Travis High School in Austin, TX, four years before Mayfield. They actually hooked up in a Big 12 Conference game – Mayfield with Texas Tech and Gilbert with SMU – in which they combined for 84 completions in 122 attempts for 801 yards. Mayfield’s Texas Tech team won, 41-23. Gilbert could compete with Drew Stanton for the No. 2 quarterback job behind Mayfield.
April 5: Signed return specialist Damon Sheehy-Guiseppe.
Sheehy-Guiseppe was a JUCO phenom in 2016 when he scored four touchdowns on kickoff returns and averaged 32.8 yards a return for Phoenix College. He is 5-11 and 181 pounds