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Browns center Cam Erving set to face Bucs with sprained ankle, Coleman, Gordon, Haden ready to debut

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 26, 2016

Browns starting center Cameron Erving is set to play in the third preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at Raymond James Stadium.

The starters are likely to play into the third quarter.

Erving, the 19th overall pick in last year's draft, suffered a sprained ankle earlier this week when the Browns and Bucs held joint practices. He left Wednesday's session early with an athletic trainer.

Coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday he thought Erving would play Friday, but head of football operations Sashi Brown didn't sound as confident Thursday.

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Browns' price tag for Josh Gordon in trade reportedly same as it was three years ago

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 26, 2016

Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown said Thursday the franchise isn't looking to trade former All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon, but he also conceded Gordon has a price tag like virtually every player in the NFL.

Well, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported the Browns' price for Gordon when other teams inquired about him recently was a second-round draft pick and then some.

"I don't think they're going to wind up dealing Gordon. I don't. They're not shopping him," Garafolo said Friday on the network. "But they did have conversations with teams, and I was told that their price for Gordon was a second-round pick and then some."

If true, the price would be the same as it was three years ago. And it would almost certainly be too steep for any team to pay at this point, given Gordon's off-field history.

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Podcast: Why the Mingo trade was a coup for the Browns; looking ahead to the Buccaneers

By Dan Kadar Published: August 26, 2016
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It's the ever-important Week 3 of the NFL preseason, and the Cleveland Browns have been in Tampa, Fla. all week getting ready for the Buccaneers.

Our Nate Ulrich has been there all week as well, and on this week's Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com podcast we look ahead to tonight's game.

But first we start this week's show breaking down the trade of Barkevious Mingo. Nate explains why this should be viewed as a coup for the Browns. The team got a fifth-round pick for the former No. 6 overall selection, and now head of football operations Sashi Brown will have to figure out how to use it correctly.

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The Fifth Quarter: Exec Sashi Brown says Browns 'would be very disappointed if we have four wins'

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 26, 2016

Almost every day I spend covering the Browns at team headquarters, FirstEnergy Stadium or on the road, there are too many news items, notes and observations to fit into the newspaper. So this blog is designed to feature the nuggets that don't appear in print. They're like deleted scenes on a Blu-ray/DVD or the youth football players who ride the pine during the game but get to shine afterward in an extra session often called "The Fifth Quarter."

Here are some leftovers from the interview head of football operations Sashi Brown had Thursday with a small group of reporters from Northeast Ohio. The interview took place at the team hotel in Tampa, Fla., where the Browns will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third preseason game beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at Raymond James Stadium.

Managing expectations

The Browns went 3-13 last season and realize they're unlikely to experience a drastic turnaround in the first season under their new coaching staff and front office.

On July 31, owner Jimmy Haslam summarized the thinking.

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Browns trade Barkevious Mingo to New England Patriots for fifth-round draft pick in 2017

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 25, 2016

Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns trade former sixth overall draft pick Barkevious Mingo to Patriots in exchange for fifth-round selection in 2017

The Browns have traded linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2017, a person familiar with the situation confirmed for the Beacon Journal Thursday afternoon.

ESPN first reported the deal was in the works.

Mingo declined to comment on the trade at the Browns' hotel in Tampa, Fla. He'll leave Tampa soon to join the Patriots in North Carolina, where they'll play the Carolina Panthers in an exhibition game Friday night. 

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