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Mangini enjoys mining for diamonds in the rough

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 30, 2010

The Browns draft picks aren't the only players involved in Cleveland's rookie minicamp this weekend.

In addition to the Joe Haden's and Colt McCoy's, Browns head coach Eric Mangini enjoys mining for the so-called "diamonds in the rough" among the team's group of undrafted free agents also participating.

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McCoy says shoulder 100 percent

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 30, 2010

Browns quarterback of the future - third-round pick Colt McCoy - said he hasn't experienced any problems with the shoulder he injured in the National Chanpionship Game in January.

" The shoulder is 100 percent," said McCoy in between Rookie Mini Camp Workouts Friday in Berea. "I feel really good, really confident. I threw the ball really well out there today. It's all healthy."

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Browns sign 10 college free agents

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 30, 2010

The Browns announced the signings of 10 college free agents as rookie minicamp opened in Berea.

Signed were: Casey Bender, OL, South Dakota State; Benjamin Burney, DB, Colorado; Chris Chancellor, DB, Clemson; Auston English, LB, Oklahoma; Johnathan Haggerty, WR, SW Oklahoma State; Swanson Miller, DL, Oklahoma State; Dion Morton, WR, Colorado State; Joel Reinders, OL, Waterloo (Ontario, Canada); Aaron Valentin, WR, Purdue and Troy Wagner, TE, Indiana.

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Browns claim DB

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 28, 2010

The Browns were awarded defensive back DeAngelo Smith off waivers from the Detroit Lions. To make room for him on the roster, they waived defensive back Matterral Richardson.

Smith, 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, is a product of the University of Cincinnati and Independence High School in Columbus. A fifth-round draft choice of Dallas in 2009, Smith spent Sept. 6-16 with the Browns last season. He was picked up by Detroit on Nov. 18.

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Cribbs shows off new BMW

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 27, 2010

After signing a three-year, $20 million contract extension, Browns' Pro Bowl receiver/returner Joshua Cribbs is showing off his new 2010 BMW X6 on SafeAuto Insurance Company's new blog, ''Celebrity Rides.''

Cribbs is in the process of customizing the car, with a sticker price of $65,000. He's installing LCD screens in the red leather front seats and plans to buy black rims. For a peek at Cribbs' new wheels, go to:

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Where the Buckeyes landed

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 27, 2010

While only four Ohio State players were drafted, a total of 11 will be headed to rookie minicamps, most of them this weekend. Here's where they landed:

Bears: DE Lawrence Wilson (FA)

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Watch highlight videos of the Browns' draft picks

By dan Published: April 26, 2010

After the jump, find highlight videos of Browns draft picks Joe Haden, T.J. Ward, Larry Asante, Colt McCoy and Carlton Mitchell. Note: These may take a moment to load.

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Free agent signees reported

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 25, 2010

Profootballtalk.com lists the Browns rookie free agent signees, headllined by 6-foot-8, 320-pound offensive lineman Joel Reinders of the University of Waterloo in Windsor, Ontario. According to PFT, Reinders has only played football for two years.

Reportedly the other signees are defensive end Auston English of Oklahoma, tackle Casey Bender of San Diego State, linebacker Jon Dempsey of Louisville, cornerback Chris Chancellor of Clemson, tight end Troy Wagner of Indiana and defensive end Willie Walker from California University of Pennsylvania.

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Thoughts from Holmgren, Heckert and Mangini

By Michael Beaven Published: April 24, 2010

Here are comments from Mike Holmgren, Tom Heckert and Eric Mangini, who addressed the local media following the conclusion of the 2010 NFL Draft:

Browns President Mike Holmgren:

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Browns select Clifton Geathers with the 186th pick

By Michael Beaven Published: April 24, 2010

The Browns selected South Carolina defensive end Clifton Geathers with the 186th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Geathers is 6-foot-7 and 299 pounds.

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Browns draft Carlton Mitchell with 177th pick

By Michael Beaven Published: April 24, 2010

The Browns selected South Flordia receiver Carlton Mitchell with the 177th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Mitchell's mother (Angela) is a cutman for Antonio Tarver and other boxers, and his father (Carl) is a former professional basketball player in Europe.

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Browns draft Larry Asante with 160th pick

By Michael Beaven Published: April 24, 2010

The Browns selected Nebraska safety Larry Asante with the 160th selection of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Asante, 6-foot and 212-pounds, earned first-team All-Big 12 accolades as a senior.

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Mesko drafted by Patriots with 150th pick

By Michael Beaven Published: April 24, 2010

The New England Patriots drafted Twinsburg native Zoltan Mesko in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft with the 150th selection.

Mesko, a 6-foot-4 and 240 pound left-footed punter from the University of Michigan, led the Big 10 in 2009 with 52 punts for an average of 44.5 yards, a long of 66 yards and 15 inside the opponents 20-yard line.

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Holmgren and Mangini comments

By Michael Beaven Published: April 23, 2010

Browns President Mike Holmgren

"It's been quite a day for us. We had a plan coming into the day that we would try and deal with certain positions and certain players."

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Browns pick Shawn Lauvao with 92nd selection

By Michael Beaven Published: April 23, 2010

The Browns selected Shawn Lauvao with the 92nd overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Lauvao, is a 6-foot-3 and 305-pound offensive linemen from Arizona State. His hometown is Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Browns pick Colt McCoy with the 85th overall selection

By Michael Beaven Published: April 23, 2010

The Browns selected University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy with the 85th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

University of Texas coach Mack Brown announced the selection.

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Browns select Montario Hardesty with the 59th overall pick

By Michael Beaven Published: April 23, 2010

The Browns selected Montario Hardesty with the 59th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Hardesty, a 5-foot-11 and 224-pound running back, played at Tennessee.

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Browns acquire the 59th pick

By Michael Beaven Published: April 23, 2010

The Browns acquired the 59th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft from the Eagles.

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Browns select T.J. Ward with 38th overall selection

By Michael Beaven Published: April 23, 2010

The Browns selected T.J. Ward with the 38th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Ward, a 5-foot-10 1/2 and 212-pound defensive back from Oregon, is the sixth selection in the second round. He played safety for the Ducks.

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First round of NFL Draft attracts record rating

By Michael Beaven Published: April 23, 2010

ESPN’s live telecast of the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft Thursday night – conducted for the first time in prime time – was the most-viewed first round in the network’s 31-year televising the event.

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Haden fawns over LeBron

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 23, 2010

For Florida cornerback Joe Haden, playing in the same city with Cavaliers star LeBron James wasn't just an added perk to being selected seventh by the Browns Thursday night.

Asked Friday afternoon about the chance to see James in person, Haden responded almost breathlessly.

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Browns have leverage today

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 23, 2010

With four picks in Friday's second and third rounds of the NFL draft and some first-round talent still available, the Browns could be busy on the phones before draft action commences at 6 p.m.

With the sixth pick in the second round (38th overall), they could still get their quarterback of the future in Texas' Colt McCoy. But if they are worried about him going before then, they could use one of their third-round picks (Nos. 71, 85 or 92 overall; eighth, 22nd and 29th in the round) to move up slightly.

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McCoy, Clausen still available

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 22, 2010

After selecting Florida cornerback Joe Haden at No. 7, Browns general manager Tom Heckert didn't rule out trading into the end of the first round.

''If somebody falls where we can get them, we'll definitely try to get back up there,'' Heckert said.

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More info on Joe Haden

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 22, 2010

SOME BROWNS HISTORY:

Joe Haden, the Browns No. 1 pick and seventh overall in the 2010 NFL draft, became the 11th player drafted by the Browns from the University of Florida and the first Gator taken since linebacker Andra Davis was picked as a fifth rounder in 2002...The junior CB joins LB Clifford Charlton (1988) and DL Gerard Warren (2001) as the other Florida players selected by the Browns in the first round.

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Mangini repeats history

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 22, 2010

While Browns coach Eric Mangini's role has diminished with the arrival of president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert, Thursday's selection of Florida cornerback Joe Haden followed in the blueprint Mangini used when he coached the New York Jets.

In Mangini's first draft, he took Ohio State center Nick Mangold in the first round. He followed that formula to grab Cal center Alex Mack last year with the Browns.

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Browns take Haden first round

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 22, 2010

With safety Eric Berry off the board after Kansas City took the junior from Tennessee with the fifth pick and Seattle snapping up offensive tackle Russell Okung with the sixth, the Browns took Florida defensive  back Joe Haden with the seventh pick in the 2010 NFL Draft Thursday night.

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Browns working phones up to final moment

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 22, 2010

The Cleveland Browns worked the phones up until the final moments before Thursday's draft, as ESPN reported that the Browns called the St. Louis Rams 15 minutes before the the draft began to inquire once again about moving up from seventh to grab the No. 1 pick.

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Thinking back about draft talent

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 22, 2010

With less than an hour before the NFL draft begins, I think back to the NFL combine and my thoughts after the mass media interview with Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.

I walked away telling fellow Browns reporters, ''I'd give up all the picks to get him.'' Apparently the Browns feel the same way because, according to ESPN, they have made one final call to the St. Louis Rams about trading for the No. 1 pick.

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ESPN: Browns making last run at top spot

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 22, 2010

ESPN's Michael Smith is reporting from Berea that the Browns have made one final call to the St. Louis Rams to inquire about a trade for the No. 1 pick.

According to Smith, the Browns would be willing to surrender several of their 10 picks in order to move up and select Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.

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Morgan could be fallback plan

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 22, 2010

In his mock draft, respected NFL writer Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News has the Browns selecting Georgia Tech outside linebacker Derrick Morgan with the No. 7 pick tonight.

In Gosselin's mock, Tennessee safety Eric Berry goes No. 5 to Kansas City.

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Report: Steelers offer Browns Roethlisberger

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 21, 2010

The Browns are one of seven teams the Pittsburgh Steelers have called regarding a trade for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported via Twitter.

According to Schefter's Twitter, the list also includes the Rams, 49ers, Raiders, Bills, Jaguars and Seahawks. Schefter said the Steelers are seeking a top 10 draft pick for the quarterback, suspended by the NFL for six games Wednesday for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

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Browns' finale against Steelers

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 20, 2010

The Browns will open the 2010 season on the road Sept. 12 at Tampa Bay, with their home opener Sept. 19 against Kansas City.

The full NFL schedule was released Tuesday at 7 p.m. on the NFL Network.

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Will Gruden help Browns pick next QB?

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 20, 2010

Browns president Mike Holmgren said last week he would consult with former Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden, now an analyst for ESPN's ''Monday Night Football,'' before Thursday's NFL draft.

Gruden filmed a recent special with four quarterback prospects -- Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, Texas' Colt McCoy, Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen and Florida's Tim Tebow.

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McCoy's pick would be Browns

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 19, 2010

If he had a choice on which team will draft him, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy would pick the Browns, McCoy said Monday in a radio interview with 790 The Zone in Atlanta.

''Once I get done with these trips, I have really enjoyed and I absolutely enjoyed Coach Holmgren,'' McCoy said of Browns president Mike Holmgren. ''He is a class act and I could definitely see myself playing in their organization. I think that it would be a tremendous opportunity and they have a lot of good things going for them and Coach (Eric) Mangini and their staff has been awesome.

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Tribe fans offered advice

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 18, 2010

Browns president Mike Holmgren attended Indians' opening day last Monday with senior advisor Gil Haskell. But it might not have felt like he was skipping work.

''I got a lot of advice that day,'' Holmgren said during Thursday's pre-draft press conference. Browns coach Eric Mangini's wife Julie is the sister of Tribe general manager Mark Shapiro.

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Holmgren believes Rogers' story

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 15, 2010

Browns president Mike Holmgren said he has spoken to nose tackle Shaun Rogers after his April 1 arrest at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with a loaded gun in his carry-on bag.

Rogers spent the night in jail and pleaded not guilty to one charge of carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony. Rogers told reporters outside the Justice Center that he forgot the gun was in the bag, which he'd been using for driving trips back and forth to Detroit.

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Trade up for Bradford unlikely

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 15, 2010

While moving out of the No. 7 overall pick is a possibility, Browns president Mike Holmgren didn't want lead on fans who think the team might trade into the No. 1 spot to nab Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.

The Browns hold 10 picks and Holmgren warned fans not to expect a similar move to what then-Saints coach Mike Ditka did in 1999, trading all their picks in 1999 and a first-rounder in 2000 to Washington to draft Texas running back Ricky Williams.

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Clausen 'more in play' at No. 7

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 14, 2010

Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen is ''more in play than I would have thought a couple weeks ago'' for the Browns at No. 7, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said on a conference call Wednesday.

But if the Browns don't select Clausen or Tennessee safety Eric Berry, Mayock suggested Clemson running back C.J. Spiller or Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant should be considered by the Browns.

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Schedule to be announced Tuesday

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 14, 2010

The 2010 regular-season schedule will be announced Tuesday at 7 p.m. on NFL.com, the league announced today.

A two-hour special will also air on the NFL Network at 7 p.m.

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Browns sign backup center

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 8, 2010

The Browns found a backup for center Alex Mack Thursday, signing free agent offensive lineman Eric Ghiaciuc.

A fourth-round pick of Cincinnati in 2005 out of Central Michigan, Ghiaciuc played in 48 games and started 42 during his four seasons with the Bengals. That included at least 12 starts in his last three seasons and 16 in 2008.

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Kiper thinks Browns need Dez Bryant

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 7, 2010

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said during a conference call Wednesday that the Browns should consider Oklahoma State junior receiver Dez Bryant with the seventh overall pick in the April 22-24 draft.

Bryant played in only three games last season, suspended for lying to NCAA investigators about his relationship with Deion Sanders, who was reportedly courting him for an agent. At his NFL workout, Bryant ran only 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash and said he forgot his cleats.

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Trade with Eagles completed

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 6, 2010

The Browns announced the completion of Friday's trade with the Philadelphia Eagles after cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong passed their physicals.

The deal sent linebacker Alex Hall to Philadelphia, along with fourth- and fifth-round choices in the 2010 draft. The picks surrendered were the 105th and 137th overall, leaving the Browns with 10, including five of the first 92 selections.

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Trade with Eagles could net 2 starters

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 2, 2010

Eric Berry, c'mon down!?

A Friday trade with the Philadelphia Eagles may have brought the Browns' two starters and perhaps cleared the way for them to draft Tennessee safety Berry, if he's available when they select seventh overall.

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Browns add cornerback, linebacker in trade with Eagles

By dan Published: April 2, 2010

The rumored traded between the Browns and Philadelphia Eagle has been officially announced.

The Browns will receive cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong. In exchange, the Eagles get linebacker Alex Hall, a fourth-round draft choice (105th overall) and a fifth-round drat choice (137th overall) this year.

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Rogers charged; apologizes to fans, Browns

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 2, 2010

Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers was charged Friday with one count of carrying a concealed weapon after being arrested Thursday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after a loaded 45-caliber handgun was discovered in his carry-on luggage.

The Cleveland city prosecutor elected to knock down the the charge to a fourth-degree felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison. Rogers had been held on a third-degree felony, according to Cleveland police.

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Report: Browns may be close to trade with Eagles

By dan Published: April 2, 2010

League sources tell Clark Judge of CBS Sports, that the Browns are close to a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

According to Judge, Philadelphia would send cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong to the Browns for either two draft picks and a backup or for a draft pick and a starting player.

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Rogers arrested at airport

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 1, 2010

Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers was arrested at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Thursday afternoon when he attempted to board a plane with a loaded handgun.

According to a press release from the Cleveland Division of Police, Rogers was arrested at 12:15 p.m. While at a security checkpoint at Concourse C, a loaded 45-caliber handgun was discovered in his carry-on luggage. The statement said he was placed under arrest ''without incident.''

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