Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
Every year coaching staffs across the NFL are faced with tough decisions.
Sometimes a logjam at a position leaves a talented player the odd man out. Sometimes it's a bad scheme fit. Sometimes it's just bad luck.
The players listed here are probably going to be disappointed with how things turn out in Cleveland, although some will either catch on with another team or wind up on the practice squad.
Brandon Jackson, running back: The Browns signed Jackson to a one-year deal back in May, but the 27-year-old is cut from a similar mold as Dion Lewis and Chris Ogbonnaya and possesses the least explosiveness of the three.
Garrett Gilkey, offensive tackle: A talented youngster out of tiny Chadron State, the 318-pounder may find himself the victim of the numbers crunch with the Browns. Gilkey's a very likely practice squad candidate, where he would have time to develop.
Rashad Butler, offensive tackle: Veteran offensive tackles are worth their weight in gold. However, Butler has missed most of the last two seasons with two triceps tears, and one-armed offensive linemen aren't generally all that effective.
Jordan Norwood, wide receiver: After catching 13 passes for 137 yards last year, the Browns tendered Norwood earlier in the offseason. The fifth-year veteran is what he is...an adequate end of the bench receiver who doesn't do anything especially well. The staff may decide that his roster spot is better spent on a player with more upside.
Vernon Kearney, cornerback: A converted wide receiver from Lane College, Kearney latched on with the Browns after trying out during rookie minicamp. The coaching staff must have seen something they liked, but it's not going to be enough to get Kearney into the final 53.