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Preseason schedule released

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 31, 2010

The Browns will visit Green Bay and Detroit and host St. Louis and Chicago as the NFL released its preseason schedule Wednesday.

Three of the foes were on the Browns' preseason schedule last year, with the only exception being the Rams.

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Holmgren attends Bradford workout

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 29, 2010

Browns president Mike Holmgren was among those who attended Monday's workout of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford on the Norman, Okla. campus, the Associated Press reported.

According to the AP, Bradford went 13 for 13 in warmups, then completed all but one of 50 passes, which may have solidified his status as the No. 1 pick in the April 22-24 NFL draft. The St. Louis Rams hold the first pick.

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List of Browns draft picks released

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 26, 2010

Compensatory selections in the April 22-24 draft were awarded at this week's NFL owners meetings, which finalized the positions for the Browns' 12 picks.

They are:

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Yates latest to re-sign

By Stephanie Storm Published: March 18, 2010

The Browns re-signed offensive lineman and unrestricted free agent Billy Yates Thursday.

Yates joined the Browns as a free agent on Sept. 16, 2009. He spent his rookie season in Miami (2003) followed by five years in New England (2004-08).

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Delhomme the kind of mentor Browns need

By Stephanie Storm Published: March 18, 2010

Many folks came away from Jake Delhomme's press conference in Berea impressed by the kind of leader the 35-year old sounds like he'll be.

Even if the 12-year NFL veteran can't shake the inconsistency that plagued him in the 2008 playoffs and all of last season, he could prove to be helpful behind the scenes if the Browns end up picking a young quarterback to develop in the upcoming April draft as is increasingly expected.

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Benard, Costanzo and Jennings re-sign with Browns

By Stephanie Storm Published: March 17, 2010

The Cleveland Browns were busy Wednesday with a few other matters, but took time to re-sign a trio of players in linebackers Marcus Benard and Blake Costanzo as well as running back Chris Jennings.

Benard originally signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent last season. He spent the first nine weeks of the season on the Browns’ practice squad then appeared in six games, where he recorded 3.5 sacks to finish tied for sixth among all rookies in sacks.

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Executive Ross leaves Yankees for Browns

By Stephanie Storm Published: March 17, 2010

In addition to trotting out new quarterback Jake Delhomme Wednesday, the Browns had one more reason to celebrate their good fortune on St. Patrick's Day when they named Jim Ross senior vice president-business development.

Ross, who has been in the sports industry for more than 25 years, joined the club following a three-year stint in a similar role with Major League Baseball's New York Yankees.

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Delhomme meets with media Wednesday

By Stephanie Storm Published: March 17, 2010

Upon being introduced to the media Wednesday afternoon, New Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme took the podium in Berea and simply spoke from the heart.
Unlike many athletes these days, there's no pretentiousness with Delhomme. He's merely a veteran guy who, in his own words, "wants to win" and wears his "emotions on my sleeve."

Here's a few question and answers from the short press conference to help you get to know him better:

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Two more Browns additions; Estandia and Ventrone re-signed

By Stephanie Storm Published: March 16, 2010

The Browns made more moves Tuesday, but nothing as attention-worthy as they have the past week.

In rather ho-hum news, the Browns re-signed tight end Greg Estandia and defensive back Ray Ventrone.

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More insight from Holmgren on new Browns QB's

By Stephanie Storm Published: March 16, 2010

In the Browns press conference Monday that was designed to introduce new quarterback Jake Delhomme but ended up being much more far ranging, Browns President Mike Holmgren and second-year head coach Eric Mangini shared quite a few thoughts on the team's two new signal callers. Delhomme, who Mangini said showed up earlier for Monday's first unofficial offseason workout, did not attend the press conference.

That left Holmgren and Mangini to extol his virtues despite the 35-year old coming off his worst NFL season with the Carolina Panthers - his 12th overall in the league.

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Browns management explains the thinking behind recent moves

By Stephanie Storm Published: March 15, 2010

BEREA: After trading two former first-round picks in a 24-hour period Sunday, the new Browns brain trust found it had quite a bit of explaining to do to the legions of  team fans Monday.

In a near hour-long question-and-answer session with the media, new Browns president Mike Holmgren and second-year head coach Eric Mangini hopped from one subject to another trying to cover all the ground traversed by the team over the last week and a half - especially over the busy weekend.

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Browns ship Wimbley to Oakland on heels of Quinn trade

By Stephanie Storm Published: March 14, 2010

When the Browns acquired veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme Saturday, it was only a matter of time before Brady Quinn was handed his ticket out of town.

The move may have came quicker than some expected, as Quinn was traded to the Denver Broncos the following day on Sunday.

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Quinn traded, Wimbley next?

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 14, 2010

Over the past two rocky seasons, Brady Quinn learned to be careful what he dreamed for.

Growing up in Dublin, Ohio, Quinn had been a Browns fan since childhood and thought his life-long wish had been granted when he was drafted by Cleveland with the 22nd overall pick in the 2007 draft.

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Developing: Browns reportedly trade Wimbley to Raiders

By dan Published: March 14, 2010

Adam Caplan of Scout.com and Sirius satellite radio is reporting that the Browns have traded outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley to the Oakland Raiders.

In exchange, Caplan says the Browns will receive an undisclosed draft choice.

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Report: Browns trade Quinn to Broncos

By dan Published: March 14, 2010

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that the Browns have traded quarterback Brady Quinn to the Denver Broncos.

In return the Browns will receive backup running back Peyton Hillis and two conditional draft choices.

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Delhomme picks Browns

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 13, 2010

Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme has agreed to terms of a two-year contract with the Browns, a league source said Saturday evening.

Delhomme never made his scheduled visit to New Orleans Friday and Saturday, the source said.

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Heiden released; Trusnik signs tender

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 12, 2010

The signing of unrestricted free agent Benjamin Watson prompted the Browns to release Steve Heiden later Friday.

Heiden, an 11-year veteran, finished last season on injured reserve after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery in December, 2008. Heiden blew out his knee in a Dec. 15 game at Philadelphia, but rushed to have it repaired so he could be ready for training camp in 2009. Heiden played in seven games and caught 10 passes for 73 yards and a TD last season.

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Report: Eagles may not sign Fargas

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 12, 2010

Former Oakland Raiders running back Justin Fargas may still be in play for the Browns after leaving Philadelphia without a contract Friday. A league source told the Philadelphia Inquirer the Eagles were unlikely to sign him.

Released by the Raiders last weekend because he was due a $1.7 million roster bonus on Monday, Fargas visited the Browns Thursday.

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Watson signs 3-year deal

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 12, 2010

Lacking a receiving threat at tight end after last year's trade of Kellen Winslow, the Browns signed six-year veteran Benjamin Watson from the New England Patriots Friday morning.

One of three free agents who visited Thursday, Watson signed a three-year, $12.5 million contract with $6.35 million guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

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Browns sign tight end Watson to 3-year deal

By Darrin Published: March 12, 2010

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Browns have signed tight end Ben Watson to a three-year contract. The deal is worth $12 million, with $6.35 million guaranteed.

Schefter reports that Watson negotiated much of the day Thursday with the Browns and Seattle Seahawks before opting to sign with the Browns.

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Jets tab Pool; Hadnot to Cardinals

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 11, 2010

Browns restricted free agent safety Brodney Pool agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the New York Jets, according to a league source.

Unrestricted free agent guard Rex Hadnot also found a new home, agreeing to terms on a multi-year deal, according to profootballtalk.com.

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Delhomme, Fargas, Watson visit

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 11, 2010

The Browns confirmed free-agent visits Thursday with Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme, Oakland Raiders running back Justin Fargas and New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson.

But according to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, Delhomme is still scheduled to visit his old team, the New Orleans Saints, Friday and Saturday. A report on Cleveland.com said Delhomme will consider all his options and may also make stops in Green Bay and Denver before signing.

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Report: Fargas visiting

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 10, 2010

Thus far in free agency, the Browns have not addressed finding a running back to compliment Jerome Harrison. But according to profootballtalk.com, KHTK radio in Sacramento reported Wednesday that former Raiders running back Justin Fargas was visiting the Browns.

The Browns confirm ''official'' visits after 4 p.m. each afternoon, but said there were none Wednesday. That could mean that Fargas is staying over until Thursday.

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Reports: Delhomme to visit Thursday

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 10, 2010

Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme will visit the Browns Thursday, multiple Internet sites are reporting.

Delhomme, 35 and an 11-year veteran, was cut by the Panthers a week ago after seven seasons with Carolina. The Panthers still owed Delhomme more than $12.5 million in guaranteed money, but believed his skills began to erode in the 2008 playoffs. In 2009, Delhomme threw eight touchdown passes with 18 interceptions and went 4-7 as a starter before breaking a finger on his throwing hand.

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Wallace trade official

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 10, 2010

Monday's trade for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Seneca Wallace was finalized Wednesday after Wallace completed his physical.

According to Cleveland.com, the Browns gave up a seventh-round pick in the 2011 draft for Wallace, which could become a sixth-rounder depending on performance. The Browns' did not disclose the draft choice.

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Fujita, wife sold on Browns' vision

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 10, 2010

New Browns' linebacker Scott Fujita said he asked a lot of tough questions of president Mike Holmgren and coach Eric Mangini before signing a reported three-year, $14 million free agent contract and leaving the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints Sunday.

Interviewed on Sirius XM's Mad Dog Radio by host Gary Williams Wednesday, eight-year veteran Fujita said he arrived with a ''unique set of ideas for how a program should be headed.''

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Report: Browns may be looking to move Quinn

By dan Published: March 10, 2010

A day after releasing Derek Anderson, the Browns may not be done dealing quarterbacks.

Citing league sources, Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Browns have offered to trade Brady Quinn.

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Anderson apologizes

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 10, 2010

After calling Browns' fans ''ruthless'' and saying they ''don't deserve a winner,'' former Browns quarterback Derek Anderson tried to soften the firestorm he'd created by releasing a statement early Wednesday morning.

"I said some things to Jeff Schudel earlier that I regret,'' Anderson's statement said. ''Those of you who got to know me personally from covering the Browns over the past five years know this was out of character for me. I wasn't taken out of context, but I was speaking out of frustration after my career with the Browns come to a close.

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What's next at QB?

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 9, 2010

The Browns' quarterback situation could still be in flux after Tuesday's release of quarterback Derek Anderson and Monday's trade for Seahawks quarterback Seneca Wallace.

The only thing that appears certain is that the Browns seemed to have reached their quota of undersized quarterbacks with Wallace, who is 5-foot-11.

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Anderson out, Wallace in

By Ron Ledgard Published: March 9, 2010

It's official: the Browns have cut quarterback Derek Anderson, avoiding a roster bonus that was due March 19. This also makes room for the addition of Seneca Wallace at quarterback. Here is the full story.

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Browns pried away Fujita with $8 million

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 8, 2010

It seemed like a surprise for linebacker Scott Fujita to leave the New Orleans Saints for the Browns Sunday, especially after Fujita again professed his love for the city in Sunday's Times-Picayune.

But the Browns made it happen, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, by giving Fujita $8 million guaranteed in his three-year, $14 million contract. King writes in his ''Monday Morning Quarterback'' that Fujita wouldn't have received half that in re-signing with the Super Bowl champions. The Times-Picayne reported Monday that Fujita could receive as much as $16 million if he reaches all his incentives.

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Report: Watson schedules visit

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 8, 2010

Free agent tight end Ben Watson of New England has scheduled a visit with the Browns Wednesday, profootballtalk.com reports.

But Watson is meeting with Seattle today, according to the site, and if the Seahawks are serious about the six-year veteran, they may not let him leave town without a deal.

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Browns sign Pashos, Fujita

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 7, 2010

New Browns president Mike Holmgren landed his first two free agents Sunday, signing offensive tackle Tony Pashos of San Francisco and linebacker Scott Fujita of New Orleans to multi-year contracts, the team announced.

Pashos signed a three-year, $10.3 million contract, according to a league source. Fujita agreed to a three-year, $14 million deal, Cleveland.com reported.

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Report: Tucker was facing suspension

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 7, 2010

Friday's retirement announcement by Browns offensive lineman Ryan Tucker may have been prompted by a looming second league suspension.

According to a report by Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange and the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Tucker has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2010 season. Balzer reported that Dolphins nose tackle Jason Ferguson also received the same penalty.

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Pashos visiting Browns

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 6, 2010

The Browns may have found a candidate to take over for struggling John St. Clair at right tackle. Free agent offensive lineman Tony Pashos arrived in Cleveland Saturday, a league source said.

Pashos, 29, spent last season in San Francisco. He just visited the Redskins, but left Washington without a contract, according to profootballtalk.com.

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So long, Freedom Hall

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 6, 2010

I had a tear in my eye, and my team won.

Not because Louisville defeated No. 1 Syracuse Saturday for the second time this season, securing a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

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Carr could be on Browns' radar

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 6, 2010

Free agent quarterback David Carr has drawn interest from the 49ers, Cardinals and Browns, according to a report in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, which cites a league source.

Carr, who could also remain with the New York Giants as Eli Manning's backup, visited San Francisco Friday night and Saturday morning. But the first overall pick of the Houston Texans in 2002 would likely be a candidate to start in Cleveland, as opposed to the other three aforementioned teams.

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Cribbs reportedly agrees to restructured contract

By dan Published: March 5, 2010

According to multiple published reports, special teams ace Josh Cribbs has come to an agreement with the Browns on a restructured contract.

The deal re-worked the final three years of Cribbs' contract and worth up to $18.5 million, according to ESPN.com. The Plain Dealer is reporting that the deal is worth up to $20 million, including about $7.5 million guaranteed.

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Tucker announces retirement

By dan Published: March 5, 2010

Browns offensive lineman Ryan Tucker has announced his retirement.

Talking to Michael Reghi and Mark "Munch" Bishop of WKNR (AM-850), Tucker said he was retiring in part due to injuries and to spend time with his family.

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Fujita to visit Browns

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 5, 2010

Saints strong side linebacker Scott Fujita will visit the Browns Saturday and Sunday, a league source said.

Fujita will fly in from his home in California Saturday, but the bulk of the meetings will be Sunday.

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Browns announce Williams trade

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 4, 2010

Defensive tackle Corey Williams got his wish to return to a 4-3 defense Friday.

The Browns announced the trade of Williams to the Detroit Lions. The Browns received a fifth-round pick (a selection received from Denver) for Williams, while the Lions also received a seventh-round selection from the Browns.

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QB, WR, OL, DL could be targets

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 4, 2010

With the possible departure of unrestricted free agent offensive lineman Rex Hadnot and Wednesday's release of 10-year veteran center/guard Hank Fraley, the Browns may be seeking a backup center/right guard in free agency.

Among the restricted free agent candidates is former Nordonia High School and Ohio State standout Rob Sims, a fourth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2006 who was coached by new Browns president Mike Holmgren for three seasons.

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Pool not tendered

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 4, 2010

None of the Browns' nine restricted free agents received the highest first- and third-round tender from the team Thursday and free safety Brodney Pool, a second-round pick in 2005, was not tendered.

Pool finished the season on injured reserve with at least the fourth concussion of his five-year career.

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Cribbs press conference at auto show

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 4, 2010

Skirting the Browns' public relations department, Browns Pro Bowl return man Joshua Cribbs has called his own press conference for 5 p.m. Friday at the Greater Cleveland Auto Show at the International Exposition Center.

There has been no indication whether the former Kent State quarterback will announce that he's accepted the Browns' contract offer. Cribbs' agents have been renegotiating his deal that still has three years remaining and the two sides have reportedly been close for days.

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Roth gets second-round tender

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 4, 2010

Linebacker Matt Roth, claimed off waivers from Miami on Nov. 25, received a second-round tender from the Browns, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on his Twitter page.

Roth started the final six games with the Browns and finished that stint with 28 tackles, four sacks and a fumble recovery.

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Browns release Fraley

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 3, 2010

The Browns terminated the contract of 10-year veteran center Hank Fraley Wednesday, the team announced.

Fraley had one year remaining on a contract that would have paid him $1.6 million in 2010.

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Haden's 40 time disappoints

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 2, 2010


Florida cornerback Joe Haden, considered a top candidate for the Browns' first-round selection at No. 7, turned in disappointing 40 times in workouts Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

According to the NFL Network, Haden clocked unofficial times of 4.57 and 4.60.

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