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By Marla Ridenour Published: January 27, 2010

Kent Johnston was hired as strength and conditioning coach and Mark Schiefelbein as vice president of football operations, the Browns announced Wednesday.

Schiefelbein, the Packers' director of football adminstration/communications, brings 20 years of NFL experience, 18 with the Packers (1992-2009) and two with the Buccaneers. A Wisconsin native who started as an intern in Green Bay in 1989, Schiefelbein has worked in public and community relations and operations.

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Holmgren's thoughts may soon turn to Cribbs

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 27, 2010

Browns president Mike Holmgren will leave Thursday for the West Coast and spend about a week completing his move to Cleveland.

But when he returns, Holmgren will dive into Browns' roster issues and its evaluation, he said in a telephone interview Wednesday. Among his priorities will be negotating a new contract for Pro Bowl returner Joshua Cribbs, who has three years remaining on his current deal.

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Furrey selected Payton finalist

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 24, 2010

Playing in his native state last year for the first time since his days at Hilliard High School, Browns receiver/safety Mike Furrey was named one of three finalists Sunday for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

The 2009 award has a distinct Ohio flavor. Also selected as finalists were Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, a Cleveland native and product of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School and John Carroll University, and Chiefs guard Brian Waters.

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Personnel department taking shape

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 20, 2010

Four men hired to the Browns' personnel department Wednesday have ties to the Seattle Seahawks or the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Browns announced the additions of player personnel director Jon Sandusky, director of pro personnel Keith Gilbertson, personnel executive John Spytek and pro scout A.J. Durso. All either worked with new Browns president Mike Holmgren in Seattle or new general manager Tom Heckert in Philadelphia.

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Internet following leads to Haiti relief donation from Cribbs

By dan Published: January 18, 2010

Browns return specialist Josh Cribbs turned his Twitter following into help for Haiti on Sunday.

Cribbs announced early in the day on Sunday that for every follower of his postings by midnight he would donate $1. By the end of the day, Cribbs said he ended up donating more than $17,000.

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Thomas, Mack, Cribbs on PFWA teams

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 18, 2010

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, kickoff returner Joshua Cribbs and center Alex Mack were among those selected to the Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-NFL teams.

Thomas and Cribbs were named to the All-NFL team, while Mack was selected to the all-rookie team, along with Arizona Cardinals running back Chris ''Beanie'' Wells of Garfield High School.

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Keenan appears to have left Browns

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 15, 2010

Former Browns president Mike Keenan, named the team's chief financial officer last month, appears to have left the organization.

Keenan's name is no longer listed on the Browns' web site, first pointed out Friday night by an online reader of profootballtalk,com.

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Even without opening, Browns' Ryan interested in Oakland job

By dan Published: January 15, 2010

In an interview with Tom Pedulla of USA Today, Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he's interested in being head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Many expect current Raiders coach Tom Cable to be fired by owner Al Davis, perhaps as soon as today.

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Free agency won't be the answer

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 13, 2010

The best move Browns coach Eric Mangini may have made in his first season was stockpiling 11 picks for the April 22-24 NFL draft.

The uncertainty of an upcapped year in 2010 may make NFL teams hesitant to do much in free agency, which begins March 5. Unless a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached before then, 212 players (according to the Associated Press) who thought they would be unrestricted free agents will now be restricted. That group includes the Browns' Abe Elam, Brodney Pool, Jerome Harrison, Lawrence Vickers, D'Qwell Jackson and Matt Roth.

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Browns' four horsemen look impressive

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 12, 2010

New Browns' president Mike Holmgren was surrounded by his right-hand men Tuesday -- coach Eric Mangini, general manager Tom Heckert and executive VP of business operations Bryan Wiedmeier -- and Holmgren seemed thrilled by the lineup.

''The decisions this organization makes going forward will be handled by these fellas right here,'' Holmgren said. ''I trust them. I believe in them. They're good football people. Responsibilities will be defined.

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Staff changes up to Mangini

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 11, 2010

Browns president Mike Holmgren said any changes in assistant coaches would be up to Eric Mangini.

Holmgren was speaking on a conference call for the first time since he decided to retain Mangini Thursday. The only coach who won't be back at the present is receivers coach George McDonald, who was hired by Rutgers last week.

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Quinn may have Lisfranc injury

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 11, 2010

Browns quarterback Brady Quinn may not need surgery for the left foot injury he suffered on a bootleg run Dec. 20 at Kansas City.

But the news about Quinn from Browns president Mike Holmgren Monday was not all good.

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Heckert, Wiedmeier named

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 11, 2010

The Browns announced Tom Heckert Jr. as general manager and Bryan Wiedmeier as executive vice president-business operations.

Heckert has spent 18 seasons in the NFL, the past nine with the Philadelphia Eagles, including the previous four as general manager.

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Tees for Cribbs' fans

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 11, 2010

When Joshua Cribbs jumped into the end zone after his weaving, 14-yard touchdown run in the Browns' season finale against Jacksonville, an idea was born.

''My buddy and I were there to catch him,'' said Tony Madalone, 25, of North Ridgeville. ''We starting thinking, 'We really want to keep him here.'''

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Cribbs wants 'fair market value'

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 11, 2010

Browns Pro Bowl returner Joshua Cribbs took his contract demands to ESPN's Bristol, Conn. campus Monday, but didn't blast his team for its lowball offer of $1.4 million per year in an appearance on ''First Take.''

Asked by host Jay Crawford, a lifelong Browns fan, if he had a number in mind, Cribbs said, ''It's fair market value. I don't want to speak in terms of money.''

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Heckert agrees to join Browns

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 10, 2010

The son of a former Browns scout will join a former Browns ball boy on the second floor of the team's Berea headquarters.

Philadelphia Eagles general manager Tom Heckert agreed to become the Browns' general manager Sunday, the Associated Press reported, citing a source familiar with the hiring.

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Lewis interviewed

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 8, 2010

Seattle Seahawks director of pro personnel Will Lewis interviewed for the Browns' general manager position Friday, a team spokesman confirmed.

Lewis, 51, came to Seattle with new Browns president Mike Holmgren in 1999 and has worked there for 10 years in his current position. Lewis has spent over 12 years with Holmgren, including more than two years in Green Bay.

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Cribbs takes media blitz to ESPN

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 8, 2010

Upset with the Browns' offer to renegotiate his contract at $1.4 million per year, Pro Bowl returner Joshua Cribbs will spend the day at ESPN's Connecticut campus Monday.

Cribbs will appear on a variety of ESPN programs, which could include Mike & Mike in the Morning, First Take, Outside the Lines, The Scott Van Pelt Show, The Doug Gottlieb Show, NFL Live, SportsCenter and ESPNEWS.

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Cribbs says good-byes

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 7, 2010

Browns Pro Bowl returner Joshua Cribbs cleaned out his locker Thursday and said good-bye to employees at the Browns' Berea headquarters, his agent J.R. Rickert said.

Cribbs and his agents, Rickert and Peter Schaffer, were insulted by the Browns' contract offer of $1.4 million per year, first extended on Dec. 4 and re-offered after new president Mike Holmgren came on board Dec. 21. The Cribbs' camp has been dealing with Dawn Aponte, vice president of football administration.

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Lewis next to interview

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 7, 2010

Seattle Seahawks director of pro personnel Will Lewis is flying to Cleveland today and will interview for the Browns' general manager position Friday, the Browns confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Talking with Lewis would put the Browns in compliance with the league's Rooney Rule, which requires at least one minority candidate be interviewed.

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Cribbs ready to clean out his locker

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 6, 2010

Pro Bowl return man Joshua Cribbs was so insulted by the Browns' $1.4 million per year offer that he's vowed never to play for them again, his agent said Wednesday night.

''He's going in there tomorrow and cleaning out his locker,'' said Peter Schaffer, Cribbs' agent along with J.R. Rickert.

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First assistant coach departs

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 6, 2010

It may not signal anything about the future of Browns coach Eric Mangini, but the first of his assistants took a job elsewhere Wednesday.

Receivers coach George McDonald accepted the same position at Rutgers University, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano announced.

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Cribbs chosen player of month

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 6, 2010

Browns receiver Joshua Cribbs was named AFC special teams player of the month for December and January, the NFL announced. Cribbs was recently named to his second Pro Bowl as the conference's kick returner.

In December and January, Cribbs returned 17 kickoffs for a 31.0 average with touchdowns of 100 and 103 yards. With those two TDs at Kansas City, he became the second player in league history to return two for scores of at least 100 yards in a single game.

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Tidbits from Holmgren press conference

By Stephanie Storm Published: January 5, 2010

* BROWNIES: Holmgren said Randy Lerner was not at the Tuesday press conference because "The owner was going to be here, but he got trapped, He could not travel because of the weather."... Accompaning Holmgren at the press conference Tuesday was his wife Kathy and agent Bob LaMonte.

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Contract talks have begun on new contract for Cribbs

By Stephanie Storm Published: January 5, 2010

There may not be any news yet on the future of Browns head coach Eric Mangini Tuesday, but the team's fans will be relieved to know there is progress being made on another important front.
Before new president Mike Holmgren even made his way to Cleveland this week, he'd already begun to reach out to Cribbs' agent to open talks about negotiating a new contract for the kick returner extraordinaire.
Cribbs, seeking a new contract despite still having three years remaining on his current six-year deal signed under his previous agent, had indicated as much two weeks ago.

And while Holmgren admitted that "it's a little unprecedented to start doing things this early in a (lengthy) contract like that," he obviously understands the Pro Bowler is one of the top players not only for the Browns, but league wide as well.
"We've been in contact with his representatives, even when I was in Arizona," Holmgren said. "I believe players should be rewarded for what they do...What happens though on occasion is that our view of how much that should be and the agent's view of how much that should be, differ.
"We have made an effort and we'll continue to make an effort to handle Josh's situation. I want Josh here."

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Holmgren not making decision on Mangini yet

By Stephanie Storm Published: January 5, 2010

Mike Holmgren was officially introduced to the Cleveland-area media Tuesday, but he did not have the answer to the question so many folks have been dying to hear: Is Browns head coach Eric Mangini one-and-done ?

Holmgren said he has not had a chance yet to sit and speak with Mangini at length, and thus will try to have that important meeting Wednesday and then an answer on Mangini's fate by the end of the week.

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Browns receive permission to interview Heckert

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 5, 2010

The Browns have received permission from the Philadelphia Eagles to interview Tom Heckert for their general manager position, a fact confirmed Tuesday by new Browns president Mike Holgren.

Duiring Holmgren's  introduction to the Cleveland area media at a packed 4 p.m. press conference, Holmgren said he and Heckert have a scheduled meeting Wednesday. 

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Holmgren press conference 4 p.m.

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 5, 2010

The Browns have announced a press conference with new president Mike Holmgren at 4 p.m. today in Berea.

Holmgren is expected to announce his decision on embattled coach Eric Mangini. A Browns spokesman gave no timetable on when Holmgren's meeting with Mangini would take place.

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Mangini: Not a job interview with Holmgren

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 4, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini said he won't approach his meeting with new president Mike Holmgren as a job interview.

The Browns confirmed that Holmgren is scheduled to arrive in Cleveland Monday evening. It is presumed that Mangini will meet with Holmgren Tuesday.

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Harrison takes pressure off QBs

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 3, 2010

During the Browns four-game winning streak that completed the season, the passing game gave way to a newly-found running game fueled by Jerome Harrison.

Consider the Brown’s quarterback passing totals during the four-game winning streak that completed the season.

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Chiefs may hire Crennel

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 3, 2010

Former Browns coach Romeo Crennel is expected to the NFL next season as defensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, citing multiple sources.

The Chiefs are run by former New England personnel chief Scott Pioli, where Crennel served as defensive coordinator before coming to Cleveland in 2005. Schefter said the Chiefs wanted to hire Crennel for the 2009 season, but his hip surgery precluded that.

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St. Clair, Coleman inactive

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 3, 2010

Browns right tackle John St. Clair will miss his second straight game with an ankle injury, inactive for Sunday's home game against Jacksonville.

Also inactive for the Browns are defensive end Kenyon Coleman (ankle, elbow), receiver Brian Robiskie (ankle), linebacker Titus Brown (hamstring), defensive backs Coye Francies and Gerard Lawson and tight end Greg Estandia.

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Veikune to IR; Brown promoted

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 2, 2010

Browns rookie linebacker David Veikune was placed on injured reserve and running back Thomas Brown was promoted from the practice squad Saturday.

Veikune, the 52nd overall pick from Hawaii, found the transition slow from college defensive end to inside linebacker and spent five games on the inactive list, including the last three. He did not record a tackle on defense or special teams.

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