Browns receiver Brian Robiskie signed a four-year, $4.908 million contract Friday, according to profootballtalk.com.
The web site said the 36th overall choice from Ohio State received a $2.125 million signing bonus. The site said the deal also included an $800,750 one-time playing-time qualifier, which, if reached, would increase his average annual salary to $1.23 million.To read more or comment...
Rookie kicker Parker Douglass was waived to make room for newly signed second-round pick Brian Robiskie, which could mean that kicker Phil Dawson elected to report to training camp with the veterans Friday.
But Browns coach Eric Mangini could also have put Douglass, a South Dakota State product, on stand-by until a roster spot comes open. The Browns could also be checking out available free agents. Ex-Browns and Ravens kicker Matt Stover is among those available.To read more or comment...
Parking for fans attending Browns training camp from Aug. 1-19 will be available in the Baldwin-Wallace College lot off of Beech Street near George Finnie Stadium.
When students begin returning to Baldwin-Wallace on Aug. 20, the Browns' public parking will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church at the intersection of Bagley and Eastland roads and at the now-closed Station restaurant at the intersection of Depot and Front streets.To read more or comment...
Without fail, negative preseason press continues to roll in for the Browns. In ESPN's power rankings, the Browns are 28th out of 32 teams. They list the Chiefs, Raiders, Rams and Lions below the Browns.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sport wasn't so kind. He ranks Cleveland as the 31st best team in the league. Fortunately for Browns fans the Lions exist. They are the only team Prisco has lower.
Of the Browns Prisco says: "Their biggest issue is picking a quarterback. I would pick Brady Quinn, but Eric Mangini said it's an open competition. The Browns will be feisty this season, but they won't win more than four games."
According to several reports, the Browns have come to terms with wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. The team's second pick in the second round signed a four-year contract, according to Pro Football Talk. The deal is worth a maximum of $3.636 million.
Former Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie is the only rookie the team has yet to sign.
For his career at Georgia, Massaquoi caught 158 passes for 2,282 yards and 16 touchdowns.
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Remember the brown pants worn by the Browns against the Giants in preseason last year? Probably not, because they were so hideous you pushed it out of your brain.
In his story Sunday, Tony Grossi of the Plain Dealer intimated that the Browns might be considering the look again.
Browns linebacker David Veikune, the 52nd overall pick from the University of Hawaii, agreed to terms of a four-year contract and was expected to participate in the team's rookie orientation program Sunday, according to a source.
Terms were not disclosed, but according to the Honolulu Advertiser, Veikune received a $3.5 million contract with $1.8 million guaranteed.
Profootballtalk.com reported his signing bonus as just under $1.4 million.
Disgruntled Pro Bowl special teamer Joshua Cribbs intends to report on time to Browns' training camp Friday, but still hopes to renegotiate his six-year, $6.7 million contract that has four years remaining, a source said Saturday.
The first full-squad practice is scheduled for Aug. 1.To read more or comment...
As of Saturday morning, representatives for rookie receiver Brian Robiskie had not received a call to begin negotiations, even as the team wrapped up a five-year deal with first-rounder Alex Mack in the wee hours Friday night.
Robiskie, a second-round pick from Ohio State selected 36th overall, is expected to compete for the No. 2 receiver spot opposite Braylon Edwards.To read more or comment...
Friday night negotations lasted into the wee hours of Saturday before Browns rookie center Alex Mack signed a five-year contract, a source confirmed.
A resident of Santa Barbara, Calif., Mack flew to Cleveland Friday, but didn't put pen to paper until just after 1 a.m. The University of California product was selected 21st overall.To read more or comment...
Although there was some progress in negotiations with first-round pick Alex Mack, it looks unlikely the center from Cal will report for the start of Browns rookie orientation Friday.
Barring late-night negotiations Thursday, it appears the Browns will be without their top four picks -- Mack and second-rounders Brian Robiskie, Mohamed Massaquoi and David Veikune.To read more or comment...
The Browns and representatives of first-round pick Alex Mack exchanged contract proposals Tuesday, according to a source. But negotiations would have to gain steam to have an agreement struck by Friday, when rookies are scheduled to report for orientation.
Mack is expected to unseat incumbent Hank Fraley in the starting lineup, but a holdout by the 21st overall pick from Cal might not help in that regard. Veterans report to camp on July 31, with the first practice scheduled for Aug. 1.To read more or comment...
It appears the Browns will begin their rookie orientation Friday with only half of the 2009 draft class signed.
According to sources, there has been little to no contact between the organization and its top four picks -- center Alex Mack (No. 21), receiver Brian Robiskie (No. 36), receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (No. 50) and linebacker David Veikune (No. 52).To read more or comment...
When Browns veterans report to training camp on July 31, expect to see specials team/experimental wide receiver Josh Cribbs in attendance.
Cribbs assured as much while on the air with Mark "Munch" Bishop of WKNR (AM-850) saying "No. 16 will be on the field, proudly." He said contract talks have not been furthered, but he's happy to have a job.
"I don't have the contract I would like, but nonetheless I have it better than others," he said.
Cribbs is in the first half a of a six-year, $6.77 million contract and wants it to be restructured. He's set to make a reasonable $690,000 this season.
Even as he's threatened to ask for a trade and skipped some "voluntary" workouts, he insists he wants to play for the Browns and will continue to work hard.
"I'm going to still play as hard as I can," he said. "I don't know any other way to play. I don't want to go anywhere else, I want to stay in Cleveland. I'm going to do everything I can physically and business-wise to stay in Cleveland because this is where I want to be. If something else happens, I don't think it's on me.
"I can't make every person understand my point of view and a lot of fans just don't understand the nature of football and the contract situations and everything. I'm just going to keep playing and I don't mind any fan express any point of view to me and I will respectfully converse with them. I want to see us win big and be a part of that when it happens. Hopefully that happens this year and I'm on that team."
You can listen to the entire interview here. The interview is about 20 minutes long, but worth the time. Cribbs talks some about his community involvement before getting into the contract situation.
What makes it so interesting is that Cribbs continually talks about wanting to play in Cleveland and being a hard worker. Moments later, though, he says that playing in the NFL was his dream, just not necessarily with the Browns.
He's clearly a conflicted player. It's hard to tell which is more important to him – the money or the opportunity. From the standpoint of a jaded Cleveland fan, it seems a little too much like the former.
Former Browns tight end Kellen Winslow reveals details concerning his staph infection last season in an article that appears in the July 27 edition of ESPN The Magazine.
Winslow told ESPN's Seth Wickersham that he had to have fluid drailed from his testicles to play in an Oct. 19 game at Washington. Afterward, an angry Winslow told the media that the way the Browns treated him during his hospitalization made him feel ''like a piece of meat.'' His remarks, directed at former general manager Phil Savage, drew a one-game suspension that was later rescinded.To read more or comment...
Browns rookie Brian Robiskie is participating in a course for wide receivers at the new football stadium at the University of Minnesota, according to a story by Jim Trotter on SI.com.
The course is the brainchild of Minnesota native Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. Last week's instructor was Hall of Fame-bound Jerry Rice, with Cris Carter taking over this week.To read more or comment...
The Browns are suspending their Legends program for 2009 while the organization examines the selection process and future qualifications for inclusion.
Forty-four players and one coach, Paul Brown, have been chosen for the Legends since the program began in 2001. Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were automatically inducted, along with one player from four eras (1940s-50s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s-90s) every season.To read more or comment...
Browns Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas was among 19 active and retired NFL players who visited Capitol Hill Wednesday to lobby members of Congress against an impending labor lockout.
''Never before, that I know of, has the union taken this direction of going to Congress,” NFLPA president and Tennessee center Kevin Mawae said on the Players Association's web site. ''But we want to let members of Congress know we’re more than just football players. We are businessmen and we know that if there’s a lockout it would hurt us in providing for our families, hurt our communities and hurt everyone whose work is affected by NFL games.''To read more or comment...
The Browns announced the signing of cornerbacks Don Carey and Coye Francies and running back James Davis, giving them three of their eight draft picks under contract.
Carey agreed to terms Tuesday, along with linebacker Kaluka Maiava, who was not mentioned in the Browns' release, while Davis agreed late last week.To read more or comment...
Following the news earlier that the team has come to terms with rookie linebacker Kaluka Maiava, it looks like the Browns have signed another draft pick.
Carlos Holmes of the Dayton Daily News is reporting that the team has signed cornerback Don Carey to a four-year deal.
Carey was the team's first of three players selected in the sixth round. A four-year starter at Norfolk State, Carey finished his collegiate career with 179 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 10 interceptions and 35 pass deflections.
Carey impressed Browns head coach Eric Mangini during minicamp in June.
''He's impressive in terms of the questions he asked,'' Mangini said. ''I saw that in the very first meeting I was in, the very first meeting he was in where he asked a question most vets don't ask a month down the road. He caught it right away and asked it. At that point you know he's paying attention and he's very bright.''
The Browns' Don Carey should not be confused with the Portage County Don Carey who is growing 7,000 tobacco plants.
Browns rookie inside linebacker Kaluka Maiava agreed to terms of a four-year contract with the Browns, his agent Ken Zuckerman confirmed Tuesday.
According to the Orange and Brown Report, the value of Maiava's deal was just under $2.5 million.To read more or comment...
According to John Taylor of the Orange and Brown Report the Browns have come to terms with Kaluka Maiava, a fourth-round pick from Southern California.
Taylor says the four-year deal for the outside linebacker is likely worth just under $2.5 million.
At USC, Maiava only started his senior year, but played in 51 career games. During that time, he had 164 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 7 pass breakups. In 2008, he was named to the Pac-10 all-conference second team.
He was twice named the Trojan's co-special teams player of the year. It is likely he'll be a backup and special teams contributor for the Browns.
Maiava is the second Browns draftee to receive a contract following the recent signing of running back James Davis.
Notes... Scott Wright of Draft Countdown just reviewed the team's draft. He gave the Browns a B-. Here's an excerpt:
According to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Talk, the Browns have come to terms with rookie running back James Davis.
Davis, a sixth-round draft pick, reportedly signed a four-year contract worth $1.85 million. He is the first of the Browns' eight draft picks to sign.
For his career at Clemson, Davis rushed for 3,984 yards and 47 touchdowns. He also caught 51 passes for 526 yards and two touchdowns.
Davis had an up-and-down college career, rushing for 1,219 yards as a sophomore but only 751 as a junior. One aspect of Davis' game that was consistent was his hands. In 805 carries, he only had two fumbles.
Is it odd at all that none of the eight Browns draft picks have signed with training camp beginning July 31? Even the Bengals are busy signing seventh-round players.
A couple quick links to check out:
- Beacon Journal columnist Pat McManamon was the guest chatter with the Orange and Brown Report's Barry McBride last night. Read the chat, if you get a few minutes. It's some good insight on covering an NFL team.
- Continue to check out Dawgs by Nature, the SB Nation Browns site. There's always some great analysis going on. Right now, head writer Chris Pokorny is breaking down each position going into training camp.
Tickets for the 2009 Cleveland Browns season will go on sale at 10 a.m. starting July 11. Tickets can be purchased through various TicketMaster outlets. You can buy tickets at the Cleveland Browns Stadium ticket box office beginning July 13.
Ticket prices start at $32. If you pick up some tickets, let us know the game you're going to, how much you spent and where you set is located. And don't forget, if you're ever interested in having your game day pictures ran here on the Bulletin, e-mail me.
If you recall, the Browns went a woeful 1-7 at home last season.
Notes... The Browns are officially on Facebook and Twitter.
Browns receiver Donte' Stallworth had at least a trace of marijuana in his blood when tested following his March 14 car accident in Miami Beach that killed pedestrian Mario Reyes.
A statement released by Stallworth's attorney David Cornwell on Monday confirmed that fact, first mentioned by Hall of Famer Jim Brown. Stallworth's blood alcohol level was .126, well over Florida's legal limit of .08.To read more or comment...
Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown ripped Tiger Woods for his lack of social activism in a recent interview on HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel.
During a profile of Brown and Bill Russell, Brown praised the attitude of the world's No. 1-ranked golfer on the course, but not his work off it.To read more or comment...