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...
The Browns have fallen short thus far in their hunt for a cornerback, but they're not giving up.
Veteran free-agent cornerback Tramon Williams is visiting the Browns on Sunday, a person familiar with the situation confirmed for the Beacon Journal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns have not commented on the visit. ESPN and NFL Network first reported the news.
Williams, who will turn 32 on Monday, has spent all nine of his NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He has been a full-time starter for the past five years, missing just one game in the regular season and playoffs during that span. He was named a first alternate for the Pro Bowl in 2010, when he had a career-high six interceptions in the regular season and three more in the playoffs as he helped the Packers win the Super Bowl.
Last year, Williams compiled 70 tackles, 13 passes defensed and three interceptions in the regular season.To read more or comment...
The Browns need weapons on offense, and they believe free-agent wide receiver Dwayne Bowe still possesses some firepower.
Bowe told ESPN he arrived in Cleveland to begin his weekend visit with the Browns on Saturday night.
ESPN's Josina Anderson tweeted the following shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday: "Just got off the phone with WR Dwayne Bowe. He told me he is in Cleveland to begin his visit with the #Browns. Get some dinner first."
The Browns have been linked to Bowe since the Kansas City Chiefs cut him on Thursday. His connection to Cleveland isn't surprising because he played for the Chiefs from 2007-14, and Browns General Manager Ray Farmer was Kansas City's director of pro personnel from 2006-12.To read more or comment...
After several national media outlets reported former Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron had re-signed with the Browns on Thursday for two years and $15 million, Cameron has actually signed with the Miami Dolphins instead.
The Dolphins announced the deal Thursday night. The Browns never confirmed they had struck a deal with Cameron.
Cameron was an unrestricted free agent and reportedly visited the Dolphins on Thursday.
Cameron made the Pro Bowl in 2013 but was plagued by injuries last season. He missed five games with a concussion, the third one he has suffered in two years. Cameron missed another game with an injured shoulder.To read more or comment...