2013 Cleveland Browns season
Head Coach Rob Chudzinski
Home Field FirstEnergy Stadium
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The 2013 Cleveland Browns season is the franchise's 65th season as a professional sports franchise and its 61st season as a member of the National Football League. They will be looking to improve on their 5–11 record from 2012, and also to break their franchise record 10-year playoff drought. This will be the first season under head coach Rob Chudzinski and new General Manager Michael Lombardi. This also marks the first full season under owner Jimmy Haslam. The Browns will play all of their home games at the newly renamed FirstEnergy Stadium (formerly known as Cleveland Browns Stadium).

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Personnel changes Edit

Front office changes Edit

On December 31, 2012, the Browns fired general manager Tom Heckert.[1]

Coaching staff changes Edit

On December 31, 2012, the team fired head coach Pat Shurmur. In two seasons as Browns' head coach, Shurmur posted a record of 9–23, including a disappointing 2–10 mark within the division.[1]

University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly emerged as the favorite to replace Shurmur after a lengthy interview on January 4,[2] however talks between the two sides broke down and Kelly decided to go the Philadelphia Eagles.[3]

On January 10, the Browns hired former Carolina Panthers' offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski as head coach. Chudzinski, who spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Panthers, also previously served as an assistant coach with the Browns and the San Diego Chargers.[4]

Besides Chudzinski and Kelly, the Browns also interviewed former Arizona Cardinals' head coach Ken Whisenhunt[5] and defensive coordinator Ray Horton,[5] Syracuse University head coach Doug Marrone,[5] Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien,[5] Montreal Alouettes head coach and former Browns' assistant coach Marc Trestman,[6] and Cincinnati Bengals' defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.[7]

On January 17, the Browns hired former San Diego Chargers' head coach Norv Turner as offensive coordinator. Turner, who served as Chargers' head coach from 2007–2012, was also the head coach of the Washington Redskins (1994–2000) and Oakland Raiders (2004–2005), and has served as an NFL coach in some capacity since 1985. Turner replaces Brad Childress.[8]

On January 17, the Browns also added Mike Sullivan as offensive line coach, Scott Turner, Norv Turner's son, as wide receivers coach, and Brad Roll as strength and conditioning coach.[9]

On January 18, the Browns hired Horton, who previously interviewed for the head coaching position, as defensive coordinator.[10] Horton, a former defensive back, has served as the Cardinals' defensive coordinator the past two seasons.

Roster changes Edit

Free agency Edit

Pos Player Tag Date signed 2013 team
CB Sheldon Brown UFA
WR Josh Cribbs UFA Oakland Raiders
K Phil Dawson UFA March 19[11] San Francisco 49ers
LB Auston English ERFA
LB Scott Fujita UFA April 23 [12] New Orleans Saints
P Reggie Hodges UFA
RB Brandon Jackson UFA Cleveland Browns
QB Josh Johnson UFA March 21[13] Cincinnati Bengals
LB Kaluka Maiava UFA March 13[14] Oakland Raiders
WR Mohammed Massaquoi UFA April 5 Jacksonville Jaguars
WR Jordan Norwood RFA Cleveland Browns
RB Chris Ogbonnaya ERFA March 13 Cleveland Browns
LB Juqua Parker UFA
TE Alex Smith UFA April 16 Cincinnati Bengals
LB Emmanuel Stephens ERFA
SS Ray Ventrone UFA San Francisco 49ers
TE Benjamin Watson UFA March 18[15] New Orleans Saints
FB Eddie Williams RFA
LS Christian Yount ERFA Cleveland Browns

Releases Edit

Pos Player Released Date signed 2013 team
DE Frostee Rucker February 5[16] March 21[17] Arizona Cardinals

Signings Edit

Pos Player Date signed 2012 team
CB Kevin Barnes March 25[18] Detroit Lions
TE Gary Barnidge March 13[19] Carolina Panthers
DE Desmond Bryant March 13[20] Oakland Raiders
QB Jason Campbell March 26[21] Chicago Bears
TE Kellen Davis March 22[22] Chicago Bears
K Shayne Graham April 15[23] Houston Texans
OLB Quentin Groves March 13[24] Arizona Cardinals
OLB Paul Kruger March 12[25] Baltimore Ravens
P Spencer Lanning February 13[26] Sacramento Mountain Lions (UFL)
CB Chris Owens March 22[27] Atlanta Falcons
P Jake Schum March 29[28] N/A

Trades Edit

  • On April 26, the Browns traded a 2013 fourth- and fifth-round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins for WR Davone Bess and a fourth- and seventh-round draft pick in 2013.[31]

2013 draft classEdit

Round Selection Player Position College
1 6 Barkevious Mingo Defensive end LSU
3 68 Leon McFadden Cornerback San Diego State
6 175 Jamoris Slaughter Safety Notre Dame
7 217 Armonty Bryant Defensive end East Central
7 227 Garrett Gilkey Guard Chadron State



Week Date Opponent Results Game site
Score Record
1 August 8 St. Louis W 27–19 1–0 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
2 August 15 Detroit W 24–6 2–0 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
3 August 24 at Indianapolis L 6–27 2–1 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
4 August 29 at Chicago W 18–16 3–1 Soldier Field Recap

Regular seasonEdit


Week Date Opponent Results Game site
Score Record
1 September 8 Miami L 10–23 0–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
2 September 15 at Baltimore L 6–14 0–2 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
3 September 22 at Minnesota W 31–27 1–2 Metrodome Recap
4 September 29 Cincinnati W 17–6 2–2 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
5 October 3 (Thu) Buffalo W 37–24 3–2 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
6 October 13 Detroit L 17–31 3–3 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
7 October 20 at Green Bay L 13–31 3–4 Lambeau Field Recap
8 October 27 at Kansas City L 17–23 3–5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
9 November 3 Baltimore W 24–18 4–5 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
10 Bye week
11 November 17 at Cincinnati Paul Brown Stadium
12 November 24 Pittsburgh FirstEnergy Stadium
13 December 1 Jacksonville FirstEnergy Stadium
14 December 8 at New England Gillette Stadium
15 December 15 Chicago FirstEnergy Stadium
16 December 22 at New York Jets MetLife Stadium
17 December 29 at Pittsburgh Heinz Field
Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
 *  Indicates that the network and time are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.

Game summariesEdit


Cleveland Browns current staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Support staff

  • Chief of staff – Callie Brownson
  • Coaching assistant – Ryan Cordell

Strength and Conditioning

Coaching Staff
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Current rosterEdit

Cleveland Browns current roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics

Roster updated May 22, 2020
Depth chartTransactions
86 active, 0 inactive, 4 unsigned

AFC rostersNFC rosters


  1. 1.0 1.1 Alper, Josh (December 31, 2012). Report: Pat Shurmur, Tom Heckert fired in Cleveland. NBC Sports. Retrieved on January 4, 2012.
  2. Bena, John (January 5, 2013). Browns Coaching Rumors: Chip Kelly Favorite For Browns, Will Go Through Process. SB Nation. Retrieved on January 7, 2013.
  3. Petrak, Scott (January 7, 2013). Browns say no to Chip Kelly, who returned to Oregon. The Chronicle telegram. Retrieved on January 7, 2012.
  4. Browns hire Chudzinski as their 14th coach. Akron Beacon Journal (January 10, 2013). Retrieved on January 11, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Template:Date=January 6, 2013
  6. Starkey, J.P. (January 7, 2013). Browns coaching search: Montreal's Marc Trestman to interview on Monday. SB Nation. Retrieved on January 7, 2013.
  7. Cabot, Mary Kay (January 9, 2013). Cleveland Browns interviewing Rob Chudzinski; Mike Zimmer also in mix, according to report. Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved on January 9, 2013.
  8. Kirkendall, Josh (January 11, 2013). Cleveland Browns Hire Norv Turner As The Newest Offensive Coordinator. SB Nation. Retrieved on January 11, 2013.
  9. Florjancic, Matt (January 17, 2013). Turner named Browns' offensive coordinator. Retrieved on January 18, 2013.
  10. Smith, Michael David (January 18, 2013). Browns hire Ray Horton as defensive coordinator. NBC Sports. Retrieved on January 31, 2013.
  11. Phil Dawson signs with San Francisco 49ers, ending his 14-year run with the Cleveland Browns (photo gallery). Cleveland Plain Dealer (March 20, 2013). Retrieved on April 5, 2013.
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  13. Bengals Sign QB Johnson
  14. Raiders Add Three Unrestricted Free Agents on Defense eha eha
  15. Saints sign Ben Watson
  16. Hensley, Jameson (February 5, 2013). Browns release Frostee Rucker. ESPN. Retrieved on February 11, 2013.
  17. Cardinals Sign DE Rucker
  18. Browns Sign CB Barnes
  19. Browns sign TE Barnidge
  20. Browns Sign DE Bryant
  21. Browns Sign QB Campbell
  22. Browns Sign TE Davis
  23. Browns sign K Graham
  24. Browns Sign OLB Groves
  25. Browns Sign OLB Kruger
  26. Carins, Mike (February 13, 2013). Browns sign punter Spencer Lanning. WEWS. Retrieved on February 14, 2013.
  27. Browns sign CB Owens
  28. Browns Add Punter Jake Schum
  29. Rosenthal, Gregg (April 1, 2013). Colt McCoy traded for draft picks to San Francisco 49ers. Retrieved on April 1, 2013.
  30. Browns acquire RB Dion Lewis. Associated Press (April 11, 2013). Retrieved on April 17, 2013.
  31. Breech, Jhon (April 26, 2013). Dolphins trade WR Davone Bess to the Browns. CBS Sports. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.

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