2012 Cleveland Browns season
Head Coach Pat Shurmur
General Manager Tom Heckert
Home Field Cleveland Browns Stadium
Record 5–11
Place 4th AFC North
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers T Joe Thomas
K Phil Dawson
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The 2012 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 66th season as a professional sports franchise and its 62nd season as a member of the National Football League (NFL). The team attempted to improve on its 2011 season, where it finished with a record of 4–12 and placed fourth in the AFC North. The team also attempted to break its 9-year playoff drought, the longest in franchise history. The season marked the third season under the leadership of team president Mike Holmgren, general manager Tom Heckert, and the second season under head coach Pat Shurmur. The Browns played all of their home games at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.


Roster ChangesEdit

Free AgencyEdit

Pos Player Tag Date signed 2012 team
FS Mike Adams UFA March 15[1] Denver Broncos
DE Marcus Benard RFA
ILB Titus Brown ERFA/UFA[2]
G Oniel Cousins UFA March 15[3] Cleveland Browns
K Phil Dawson UFA/FT[4] March 13[5] Cleveland Browns
G John Greco UFA March 13[6] Cleveland Browns
T Artis Hicks UFA March 15[7] Miami Dolphins
RB Peyton Hillis UFA March 14[8] Kansas City Chiefs
ILB D'Qwell Jackson UFA February 27[9] Cleveland Browns
P Brad Maynard UFA
WR Jordan Norwood ERFA April 16[10] Cleveland Browns
CB Dimitri Patterson UFA March 15[11] Cleveland Browns
DT Brian Schaefering ERFA March 15[3] Cleveland Browns
TE Alex Smith UFA March 13[12] Cleveland Browns
C Steve Vallos UFA March 19[13] Philadelphia Eagles
RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, FT: Franchise tag
Player re-signed by Browns

2012 Draft Class Edit

The draft occurred from April 26–28. The Browns had an NFL-high eleven selections.

Round Selection Player Position College
1 3[a] Trent Richardson RB Alabama
22[b] Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State
2 37 Mitchell Schwartz OT California
3 87[c] John Hughes DT Cincinnati
4 100 Travis Benjamin WR Miami (FL)
120[c] James-Michael Johnson LB Nevada
5 160[d] Ryan Miller G Colorado
6[e] 204[f] Emmanuel Acho LB Texas
205[f] Billy Winn DT Boise State
7 245[f] Trevin Wade CB Arizona
247[f] Brad Smelley FB Alabama


^[a] The Browns acquired the Atlanta Falcons' 2012 first- and fourth-round selections and 2011 first-, second-, and fourth-round selections for Cleveland's 2011 first-round selection.
^[b] Although the Browns have a seventh round pick, they traded their original selection in this round to the Minnesota Vikings for DE Jayme Mitchell.
^[c] The Browns acquired the Denver Broncos' 2012 seventh round selection, a 2011 sixth round selection, and RB Peyton Hillis for QB Brady Quinn.
Exact numbers of the selections from rounds 4–7 will be determined later in the spring after compensatory selections are awarded.


Schedule Edit

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Game site TV
Final score Team record
1 August 10 7:30 pm at Detroit W 19-17 1-0 Ford Field WKYC Recap
2 August 16 8:00 pm at Green Bay W 35-10 2-0 Lambeau Field WKYC Recap
3 August 24 7:30 pm Philadelphia L 10-27 2-1 Cleveland Browns Stadium WKYC Recap
4 August 30 7:30 pm Chicago L 20-28 2-2 Cleveland Browns Stadium WKYC Recap

Regular SeasonEdit


Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Game site TV
Final score Team record
1 September 9 1:00 p.m. Philadelphia L 16–17 0–1 Cleveland Browns Stadium Fox Recap
2 September 16 1:00 p.m. at Cincinnati L 27–34 0–2 Paul Brown Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 23 1:00 p.m. Buffalo L 14–24 0–3 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
4 September 27 8:20 p.m. at Baltimore L 16–23 0–4 M&T Bank Stadium NFLN[a] Recap
5 October 7 1:00 p.m. at New York Giants L 27–41 0–5 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
6 October 14 1:00 p.m. Cincinnati W 34–24 1–5 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
7 October 21 1:00 p.m. at Indianapolis L 13–17 1–6 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
8 October 28 1:00 p.m. San Diego W 7–6 2–6 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
9 November 4 1:00 p.m. Baltimore L 15–25 2–7 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
10 Bye
11 November 18 1:00 p.m. at Dallas L 20–23 (OT) 2–8 Cowboys Stadium CBS Recap
12 November 25 1:00 p.m. Pittsburgh W 20–14 3–8 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
13 December 2 4:25 p.m. at Oakland W 20–17 4–8 Coliseum CBS Recap
14 December 9 1:00 p.m. Kansas City W 30–7 5–8 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
15 December 16 1:00 p.m. Washington L 21–38 5–9 Cleveland Browns Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 23 4:05 p.m. at Denver L 12–34 5–10 Mile High CBS Recap
17 December 30 1:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh L 10–24 5–11 Heinz Field CBS Recap


  • Bold indicates division games.
  • ^[a] Simulcast locally on WKYC.


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