The Browns are looking for a player from their own back yard to boost the receiving corps.
Brian Hartline, a Canton native, GlenOak High School graduate and Ohio State product, will visit the Browns on Tuesday as a free agent, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on visits. ProFootballTalk.com first reported the news.
Last week, the Miami Dolphins released Hartline, who was due $5.95 million next season, while clearing salary-cap space. But owner Steve Ross reportedly called him after he was cut because the Dolphins would like to bring him back.
Meanwhile, the Browns hope to foil the plan. Former All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon has been banished from the NFL until at least February 2016, and Hartline could join the Browns as a starter.To read more or comment...
The Browns won't use the franchise or transition tag before Monday's 4 p.m. deadline, meaning former Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron is set to test free agency in the coming days.
Each NFL team may apply a tag to keep a pending unrestricted free agent from hitting the open market. Free agency begins at 4 p.m. March 10.
The Browns were not expected to use a tag, but Cameron would have been the most logical choice if they had. Cameron, who made the Pro Bowl in 2013, missed six games last season -- five with a concussion and another with an injured shoulder.
The cost to franchise Cameron would have been $8.347 million on a one-year contract. The cost to use the transition tag on him would have been $7.071 million.To read more or comment...
Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns strike three-year deal with veteran quarterback Josh McCown, likely signaling end of Brian Hoyer’s time with hometown team
The Browns and veteran quarterback Josh McCown have agreed to terms on a three-year contract, a league source confirmed Friday for the Beacon Journal.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns had not announced the deal. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
McCown, 35, chose the Browns after his agent spent the past couple of days negotiating with them and the Buffalo Bills. He visited the Browns on Tuesday and Wednesday and previously met with the Bills, Chicago Bears and New York Jets.To read more or comment...
As of late Thursday night, the Browns were among at least a couple of teams talking to the camp of free-agent quarterback Josh McCown about signing a contract, a source familiar with the situation confirmed for the Beacon Journal.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation.
McCown visited the Browns on Tuesday and Wednesday. He has also met with the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears and New York Jets.
Contract negotiations between McCown's agent and the Bills took place Thursday, according to several reports that surfaced in the morning.To read more or comment...
The Browns are among the teams veteran free-agent tight end James Casey is scheduled to visit, a source familiar with the situation confirmed Wednesday for the Beacon Journal.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns have not commented on the visit.
ESPN first reported the news. The Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans are also on Casey's list of visits, according to ESPN, and at least eight teams have requested to meet with him.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Casey is known for his blocking and versatility. He can play tight end, fullback and slot receiver.To read more or comment...
BEREA: By sticking with a helmet as their new primary logo, the Browns gave fans a glimpse of the future when they unveiled the updated mark Tuesday.
The evolved logo features a brighter orange helmet than its predecessor with a brown face mask instead of a gray one. It’s a reflection of the new helmets Browns players will wear next season.
The Browns will roll out their new helmets and new uniforms during a showcase beginning at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at the Cleveland Convention Center.
A Browns spokesman said the team used helmets with brown face masks in some seasons between 1952-62. However, the spokesman said the team’s logo had never featured a helmet with a brown face mask until now.To read more or comment...
Former Browns wide receivers coach, offensive coordinator and interim coach Terry Robiskie had opportunities elsewhere when the Atlanta Falcons fired coach Mike Smith, but elected to remain in Atlanta with new coach Dan Quinn.
Robiskie was one of five the Falcons retained, along with ex-Browns assistant Bryan Cox, who coaches defensive linemen. Robiskie has been an NFL assistant since 1982.
"Terry has been a perfect coach in the league for a long time," Quinn said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. "When I knew we had an opportunity to possibly connect and work together, he was one of the very first guys that I wanted to reach out to. I have a high regard for what he does and how he does it. He’s a huge part of what we are doing moving forward."
Robiskie has a talented roster with which to work. His top four receivers are Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas and Devin Hester.To read more or comment...