Former Browns wide receiver Miles Austin agreed to terms Monday with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to reports.
The 30-year-old Austin, an unrestricted free agent, struck a one-year deal with a base salary of $2.3 million and another $700,000 possible through incentives, NFL Network reported. He still must pass a physical for the contract to be finalized.
Austin's departure from Cleveland was foreshadowed earlier this month when the Browns signed veteran receivers Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline.
After spending the first eight seasons of his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys, Austin joined the Browns in May when he signed a one-year, $2 million contract. He started 11 of the 12 games in which he appeared last season and compiled 47 catches for 568 yards and two touchdowns before suffering a season-ending lacerated kidney Nov. 30 against the Buffalo Bills.To read more or comment...
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The NFL has suspended Browns General Manager Ray Farmer for the first four regular-season games of 2015 for Text-gate and fined the organization $250,000.
The league made the announcement Monday.
The NFL did not strip the Browns of a draft pick. The team has the following 10 selections in the April 30-May 2 draft: first round (Nos. 12 and 19 overall), second round (No. 43), third (No. 77), fourth (Nos. 111 and 115), fifth (No. 147), sixth (Nos. 188 and 201) and seventh (No. 229).To read more or comment...
Browns General Manager Ray Farmer is expected to be suspended for Text-gate and the team will likely be fined, but it's not expected to be stripped of a draft pick as part of the discipline, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday morning.
The Browns have the following 10 picks in the April 30-May 2 draft: first round (Nos. 12 and 19 overall), second round (No. 43), third (No. 77), fourth (Nos. 111 and 115), fifth (No. 147), sixth (Nos. 188 and 201) and seventh (No. 229).
The NFL will announce the punishment by Tuesday, according to the report. The league told the Browns to expect the discipline to be handed down this week.
Last month at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Farmer publicly admitted to sending text messages to coaches during games last season and apologized for his actions. The messages, presumably opinions about play calls and the usage of players, led to an NFL investigation because league rules prohibit electronic communication about competitive or strategic information during games. The texts also reportedly contributed to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan resigning in January with two years left on his contract.To read more or comment...
Akron Beacon Journal Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich is back to talk about the latest happenings from the NFL owners meetings in Arizona. On today's show we talk about what Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam had to say about Hard Knocks and the story about his supposed interest in the Tennessee Titans (Spoiler: He wasn't happy). We also talk about what role his wife, Dee Haslam, will have with the team.
We also Text-gate and what it means for the team, even though the NFL hasn't made a ruling yet. We also take a look at the team's defense. Are the Browns putting too many resources into that side of the ball?
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Do the Cleveland Browns have their quarterback of the future already in Johnny Manziel? If not, could the team make a blockbuster trade in the 2015 NFL Draft and trade up for Heisman Tropny-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota?
Live from the NFL owners meetings in Arizona, Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich answers both of those questions on the Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com podcast. He also talks about Hard Knocks and why the Browns might not want to be on the show. We also discuss if there's any validity to the CBS Sports report about Browns owner Jimmy Haslam being the owner of the Tennessee Titans.
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Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters for an hour Tuesday morning during the NFL owners meetings at the Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix. Below are some highlights from the interview.
#Browns HC Mike Pettine said team met w/Hard Knocks, they're looking for a volunteer, we declined to volunteer, Manziel situation considered
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Grab your popcorn because Browns coach Mike Pettine and Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan will pit their teams against each other for a few days this summer.
The Browns and Bills will scrimmage for two days during training camp at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., and then face one another in a preseason game at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, a league source confirmed Monday night for the Beacon Journal. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the joint scrimmages and exhibition game have yet to be announced.
The Buffalo News first reported the news.
The details are still being finalized, sources said. The dates of the scrimmages will likely be revealed once the NFL releases its preseason schedule next month.
Pettine and Ryan are two of the most entertaining coaches in the NFL, and they go way back with each other. So it's safe to say there might be some friendly trash talk between the two coaches and their teams in New York.To read more or comment...
The Browns have expressed interest in free-agent tight end Rob Housler, a league source confirmed Monday for the Beacon Journal.
The two sides have talked, but nothing is imminent and no visit has been scheduled yet, the source said.
ESPN.com first linked Housler to the Browns. Housler spent the past four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, who drafted him in the third round in 2011.
Housler, 27, recently visited the Atlanta Falcons, according to ESPN.com. So the Browns could be competing with their former offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, who's now with the Falcons, for Housler's services.To read more or comment...
If the Browns are featured on HBO's Hard Knocks this summer, they'll need to realize the cameras add more than 10 pounds.
They add distractions, too.
And distractions usually make winning football games more difficult.
Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News tweeted Sunday he's hearing the Browns are the "front-runners" to become the next team showcased on the popular documentary series. Carucci spent the past few years working for the Browns as their senior editor.To read more or comment...
Former Browns defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin agreed to terms Thursday with the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks confirmed the move, according to the Seattle Times. The details of the contract were not immediately disclosed.
Rubin, 28, became an unrestricted free agent last week and was not expected to return to the Browns, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2008. He had been a full-time starter for them since 2010, lining up in several spots in different schemes. He's one of nine players who have appeared in 100 games for Cleveland since 1999.
Hindered by ankle and knee injuries, Rubin served as the team's starting nose tackle last season but missed three games and finished with just 28 tackles, including a sack.To read more or comment...