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Browns trying to sign QB Brian Hoyer to contract extension; agent says deal 'very difficult' now

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 30, 2014

The Browns have repeatedly expressed faith in veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer despite another coaching change this offseason. But actions speak louder than words, and apparently the organization is now ready to take action.

Hoyer's camp, however, might not be.

The Browns are trying to sign Hoyer to a contract extension, his agent, Joe Linta, confirmed for the Beacon Journal. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news this morning. Hoyer is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next March.

Still, the Browns would catch some observers off guard by completing a new deal for Hoyer before the 2014 season because of the unknowns surrounding him.

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Video: Browns QB Johnny Manziel says he, teammates are tired of hype; he will keep enjoying self

By Ohio.com Published: June 27, 2014

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is in Berea today taking part in a youth football clinic as part of the NFL's Rookie Symposium. Here are a few things he had to say:

 

#Browns QB Johnny Manziel just finished speaking. Said he'll continue to enjoy himself on weekends & doesn't think he's doing anything wrong

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Browns director of communications Zak Gilbert resigns

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 26, 2014

Browns director of communications Zak Gilbert is resigning. A replacement has yet to be named.

The Browns hired Gilbert on June 24, 2013. He was previously the media relations director for the Oakland Raiders.

The team announced the move today in the news release below.

Zak Gilbert is resigning from his position as Director of Communications. The statement that he wanted to release is below, as well as sentiments and a statement from Alec Scheiner.

“We greatly appreciate Zak's efforts, work ethic and contributions to the Cleveland Browns organization," said Browns President Alec Scheiner. "He has been a true professional, and we wish him and his family the best moving forward."

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Hall of Fame QBs Joe Montana, Warren Moon say Browns rookie Johnny Manziel should keep lower profile

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 25, 2014

Everybody seems to have an opinion about the off-field behavior of Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Among those who have weighed in on Manziel’s persistent partying:

*Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith

*Manziel’s former Texas A&M teammates Mike Evans and Jake Matthews

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Browns sign executive vice president Bryan Wiedmeier to contract extension

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 25, 2014

The Browns announced today that executive vice president Bryan Wiedmeier has signed a contract extension.

Wiedmeier is playing a vital role in FirstEnergy Stadium's $120 million renovation project. He will enter his fifth season with the Browns this fall.

Business aside, Wiedmeier has been an inspiration to everyone in his life since being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in October 2012. Click here for a story from our archives about Wiedmeier's situation.

Below is a news release from the Browns about Wiedmeier's contract extension..

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Emmitt Smith says Browns rookie Johnny Manziel's career won't last long if he can't manage partying

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 25, 2014

Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith believes Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel won’t last long in the NFL if he continues to party on a regular basis.

The 21-year-old Manziel has partied the past five weekends. His off-field behavior in recent weeks – from riding an inflatable swan while drinking out of a big bottle of alcohol to dropping an F-bomb on video while pretending a stack of cash was a phone – has sparked a debate about whether he’s as committed to becoming an NFL quarterback as he should be.

Smith wasn’t shy about revealing which side of the argument he’s on regarding Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in this year’s draft who’ll compete with veteran Brian Hoyer this summer for the Browns’ starting quarterback job.

 “That lifestyle is going to be a short lifestyle -- a short career lifestyle -- if [Manziel] continues that,” Smith said Tuesday during a radio interview with 105.3 FM in Dallas. “As we used to say, you can't keep burning the candle at both ends of the stick. The candle gets small fairly quick. So Johnny is going to have to figure it out.

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Harlem Globetrotters draft Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel

By Dan Kadar Published: June 24, 2014

Add basketball to the growing list of sports in which Johnny Manziel has been drafted.

The Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters today after being selected in the MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres earlier this month.

"Johnny Manziel is a fantastic athlete that knows how to be entertaining," Globetrotters Director of Player Personnel "Sweet" Lou Dunbar said in a release. "‘Johnny Basketball’ has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?”

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Hearing has yet to be scheduled for Browns receiver Josh Gordon's appeal, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 23, 2014

Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon is appealing a suspension from the NFL and playing the waiting game regarding an outcome.

The patience of the Browns and their fans is being tested at least in part because an appeal hearing has yet to be scheduled, ProFootballTalk.com reported tonight.

On May 9, ESPN reported that Gordon tested positive for marijuana and faces a potential season-long ban as a result. A repeat offender of the league’s substance-abuse policy, Gordon is appealing in an effort to have the suspension reduced.

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Browns unveil their entire player personnel staff

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 23, 2014

The Browns unveiled their entire player personnel staff this evening. The team outlined the details in the news release below.

BEREA, Ohio – The Cleveland Browns have made six additions to their player personnel staff, and promoted three individuals from within. General Manager Ray Farmer made the announcement Monday.

In addition to executive chief of staff Bill Kuharich and vice president of player personnel Morocco Brown, added earlier this month, the team on Monday named Charles Bailey, Bobby DePaul, Mike Hagen, Ron Hill and James Kirkland senior personnel associates, and Scott Aligo player personnel associate. The Browns also promoted Sam DeLuca and Harrison Ritcher to player personnel associate, and promoted Colton Chapple to BLESTO scout.

“Assembling this group is an important step for our team,” Farmer said. “These individuals operate out of the spotlight, but their work is critical to our success. And contrary to what some may think, scouts work 12 months out of the year. Their families sacrifice a lot, and I appreciate all the days scouts spend away from home. Our simple philosophy is to identify and acquire players who can return winning football to our loyal fans. We’re committed to building our roster through the draft, developing that talent once it’s here, and retaining it. Each of these people is central in that process.”

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Guard Joel Bitonio strikes deal with Browns on rookie contract

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 22, 2014

Five down, one to go.

Rookie guard Joel Bitonio agreed to terms with the Browns today on his rookie contract, the team announced. The Browns selected Bitonio in the second round (No. 35 overall) of last month’s NFL Draft out of the University of Nevada.

Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert (first round, No. 8) is now the only member of the franchise’s 2014 draft class who has yet to reach a deal. In addition to Bitonio, quarterback Johnny Manziel (first round, No. 22), linebacker Christian Kirksey (third round, No. 71), running back Terrance West (third round, No. 94) and cornerback Pierre Desir (fourth round, No. 127) have wrapped up their deals well before the first full-squad practice of training camp July 26.

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Billboard in Johnny Manziel’s hometown bought by ex-Cowboys fans labels city as 'Browns territory'

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 21, 2014

@JManziel2 @GBHunting look what my hubby had put up in Tyler! pic.twitter.com/lkrkdMTEBL

A billboard in the hometown of rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel declares that Tyler, Texas, “is now Cleveland Browns territory.”

A message at the bottom of the sign also expresses displeasure with the Dallas Cowboys for passing on Manziel with the 16th overall pick in last month’s NFL Draft.

“Paid for by former Cowboys fans,” the billboard reads.

The Browns, of course, traded up from No. 26 overall and took Manziel 22nd on May 8.

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Browns unveil training camp schedule, information about online registration

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 20, 2014

The Browns announced this morning that their training camp will open to the public on July 26.

There will be 13 practices open to the public at the team's headquarters in Berea, plus the Family Day intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 2 at the University of Akron's InfoCision Stadium.

For all practices, including Family Day, fans will be required to register online and print a ticket for admission.

The practice schedule and more information about the registration process is outlined below in a news release from the Browns.

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns 2014 training camp will feature 13 free public practices at the team’s facility in Berea, beginning July 26, as well as free access to the team’s scrimmage during Family Day at InfoCision Stadium in Akron on Aug. 2, the club announced Friday.

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Browns rookie linebacker Christian Kirksey willing to be flexible in coach Mike Pettine's defense

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 20, 2014

The Browns drafted Christian Kirksey in the third round last month to compete with Craig Robertson for the starting inside linebacker spot next to Karlos Dansby.

But after they cut veteran Quentin Groves two weeks ago and were left with only five outside linebackers, coach Mike Pettine revealed that they would experiment with Kirksey as an outside linebacker, too.

“I played a little bit of outside linebacker at Iowa,” Kirksey said Thursday during a youth football clinic at FirstEnergy Stadium. “My mindset is wherever the team needs me to play, wherever the coach needs me to play, I’m just out there working and just trying to improve my game, just trying to have fun and play to the best of my abilities. So wherever coach wants me to play, that’s what I’ll do.”

Pettine believes it’s important to “cross-train” players at multiple positions.

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Browns coach Mike Pettine draws ire of Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 19, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine ruffled some feathers by suggesting to Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bedard that the New England Patriots have gotten their hands on the New York Jets’ playbook. Bedard’s story published Thursday.

Pettine, who was the Jets’ defensive coordinator under coach Rex Ryan from 2009-12, told Bedard a story about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady running into Jets outside linebackers coach Mike Smith at receiver Wes Welker’s wedding and bragging about the Patriots possibly obtaining copies of the Jets’ playbook.

“It didn’t shock me because Rex would give them out like candy anyway,” Pettine said. “He gave one out to [Alabama coach Nick] Saban and I was like, ‘Don’t you know Saban and [Patriots coach] Bill [Belichick] are pretty good friends? I have a feeling it’s going to end up in New England.’”

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Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden listed 39th on NFL Network’s 'The Top 100 Players of 2014'

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 18, 2014

Browns cornerback Joe Haden is listed 39th on NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2014.

Players vote to form the list.

Haden’s ranking was revealed tonight as players listed Nos. 31-40 were unveiled. It’s the first time Haden has made the list. He’s coming off a season in which he earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl and second-team All Pro honors.

Haden probably believes he deserves a better ranking because he thinks he’s the best cornerback in the league. He made that clear shortly after he signed a five-year contract extension worth $68 million last month.

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As Browns shield Johnny Manziel from media, he shares thoughts on signing rookie deal via Instagram

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 18, 2014

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel officially signed his rookie contract today, which became a formality after he agreed to the four-year, $8.25 million deal Tuesday.

So what does Manziel think about signing a contract that, according to Spotrac.com, includes a $4,318,000 signing bonus, $6,702,625 guaranteed and a team option for a fifth year?

“Incredible feeling to officially sign my NFL contract,” Manziel wrote today on Instagram alongside a photograph of him signing the contract. “Such a dream come true and so many people to thank who have helped me reach this point in my life.”

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Calling Johnny Manziel: Ex-Browns QB Brady Quinn is criticizing behavior in ‘money phone’ video

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 17, 2014

Former Browns quarterback Brady Quinn is not amused by rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s latest party-scene antics.

Drafted 22nd overall by the Browns last month, Manziel recently made headlines when a video of him holding a stack of money to his ear and pretending it was a phone hit Instagram and went viral.

“I can't hear,” Manziel said in the video. “There's too much money in my [bleeping] hand. I can’t hear a thing.”

The video not only served as evidence that Manziel partied for the fourth consecutive weekend, but it also struck Quinn as inappropriate.

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Receiver-needy Browns cut veteran Earl Bennett a month after he signed with them

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 17, 2014

The Browns need reinforcements in their receiving corps as they brace for the NFL to hit All-Pro Josh Gordon with a potential season-long suspension, but Earl Bennett won’t be riding to the rescue.

The Browns cut Bennett today, terminating the contract he signed May 15. The team announced the move.

Bennett, 27, and fellow veteran receiver Miles Austin, 29 joined the Browns a week after General Manager Ray Farmer decided not to address the position in the NFL Draft. Bennett spent his entire NFL career – the past six seasons – with the Chicago Bears. He caught 32 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns in 2013.

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Quarterback Johnny Manziel strikes deal with Browns on rookie contract

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 17, 2014

Johnny Manziel's signature hand gesture for making money is more fitting than ever because he agreed to terms with the Browns on his rookie contract today.

The team announced the deal in a news release.

Manziel’s four-year contract is worth $8,247,250 and includes a $4,318,000 signing bonus and $6,702,625 guaranteed, according to Spotrac.com. The deal is worth an annual average salary of $2,061,813 and includes a team option for a fifth year.

The Browns traded up from No. 26 overall to No. 22, so they could nab Manziel in the first round of the NFL Draft on May 8.

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Video: Browns President Alec Scheiner outlines FirstEnergy Stadium renovation during media tour

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 16, 2014

Browns President Alec Scheiner took reporters on a tour of FirstEnergy Stadium today as it continues to undergo renovations.

Scheiner discussed the project in the video posted above. Below are some images from the tour.

View from West end zone. One of the new scoreboards will go here: pic.twitter.com/LKx08ANRkf

Another view of where one of video boards will go. Will be 3 times size of old boards & 4th-largest boards in NFL: pic.twitter.com/f6TTx1ttXO

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Browns linebacker Paul Kruger on Brian Hoyer vs. Johnny Manziel: ‘In my mind, Hoyer’s the guy’

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 16, 2014

Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger made some interesting comments about the team’s quarterback competition today during a radio interview with KFAN (1320-AM), a station based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kruger made it clear that he’s in veteran Brian Hoyer’s corner. Hoyer will enter training camp in late July as the starting quarterback, coach Mike Pettine said last week, and he’ll attempt to hold off rookie Johnny Manziel.

So how does Kruger see the competition playing out?

“Obviously, that’s up to the staff and coaches, so they’ll make that decision,” said Kruger, who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens to finish the 2012 season. “But in my mind, Hoyer’s the guy. Hoyer came in, won us four games [actually he went 3-0 as a starter last season], unfortunately got hurt [torn ACL], but the guy was on fire when he was healthy. He’s proven himself at different levels and has worked extremely hard.

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Podcast: Breaking down Cleveland Browns position battles heading into training camp

By Dan Kadar Published: June 16, 2014

When Cleveland Browns training camp starts next month, several position battles will take place. Chief among them is quarterback where Brian Hoyer is trying to hold off first-round pick Johnny Manziel.

On this week's podcast, Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich says what is keeping Manziel as the backup. It's not just the off-field partying. Nate also breaks down the running back, wide receiver, guard, inside linebacker and cornerback positions. Which do you think is the biggest issue for the Browns heading into training camp? Let us know in the comments.

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Poll: Browns QB Johnny Manziel's off-field antics continue to surface. Does he need to slow down?

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 16, 2014

The Browns hope rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel eventually throws bombs for touchdowns.

For now, he’s just dropping a bomb – an F-bomb -- in a viral video.

The latest glimpse of Manziel’s party-scene shenanigans began to circulate online this morning.

In a video posted on Instagram Sunday night that contains explicit language, Manziel holds a stack of money to his ear and pretends it’s a phone. A couple of other men appear in the video laughing and egging him on.

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Steelers Hall of Fame coach, former Browns player Chuck Noll dead at 82

By Will Graves, AP Sports Writer Published: June 14, 2014

Cleveland native Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers and played for the Browns, died Friday night at his home. He was 82.

 

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner said Noll died of natural causes.

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Browns claim tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi off waivers

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 12, 2014

The Browns claimed tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi off waivers from the Miami Dolphins today, the team announced.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Ogbuehi signed with the Washington Redskins last year as an undrafted free agent. He was waived last summer when the Redskins trimmed their roster to 53 players and later spent the final four weeks of his rookie season on the Dolphins’ practice squad.

Ogbuehi tallied 47 receptions for 581 yards in 28 games at Georgia State.

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 12, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters today following the third and final practice of mandatory minicamp. Below is a transcript.

On what he said to the team as it ended minicamp: “We feel we’ve built a good foundation. I went over in the meeting about some of the numbers that occurred in the weight room, some of the things we were able to do there; just the amount of inventory, the volume that we put in – offense, defense and special teams – spoke to that. We built a good foundation, but the key thing for a mature team is to take this break and keep on a rise. We can’t afford to take a step back and really be back at the beginning when we get to training camp. It was a challenge for the guys to stay in shape. Their playbooks will be available to them throughout this break, as well. We should be able to get ahead mentally for training camp, as well.”

On if Browns QB Brian Hoyer is the starting quarterback going into training camp: “Yes.”

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Browns coach says QB Brian Hoyer ‘securely ahead’ of Johnny Manziel, but lead not ‘insurmountable’

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 12, 2014

As the Browns wrapped up their three-day mandatory minicamp this afternoon, coach Mike Pettine made it clear that Brian Hoyer has maintained his lead on rookie Johnny Manziel in the team’s quarterback competition, but there’s also plenty of time left for Johnny Football to catch Hoyer.

After all, the season opener at Pittsburgh isn’t until Sept. 7.

Pettine said Hoyer will enter training camp in late July as the No. 1 quarterback on the Browns’ depth chart. That’s when the competition will truly intensify.

“I don't think it's insurmountable,” Pettine said of Hoyer’s lead on Manziel. “Brian is securely ahead of him right now, but we will compete and we will decide. The issue for us as a staff is finding the right time to name a starter. If you wait too late, then nobody's ready for the opener. If you do it too soon, then it wasn't a true competition. That will be part of our discussions as well as far as [deciding], ‘OK, here's the plan. Here's a date that want to go ahead and name him.’

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 11, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters today after the second practice of mandatory minicamp. Below is a transcript.

On the scuffle at practice: “I talked about it afterwards. We’re all wearing the same logo. We always use the phrase, ‘Competitive not combative.’ That line gets crossed every now and again, but I also think that’s a byproduct of what we’re trying to build, the mentality. It’s something that I think it happens; as a coach you frown on it, but at the same time it’s something that you understand it might be the price of doing business.”

On if Browns OL Garrett Gilkey being involved in both scuffles this spring is a pattern: “That’s probably an accurate interpretation. There are some guys that are maybe more apt to get involved with it, just by the nature of how they play.”

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Browns running back Terrance West signs rookie contract

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 11, 2014

Browns running back Terrance West signed his rookie contract this afternoon.

West broke the news by posting a photograph on Instagram of him signing the deal. The Browns later announced the move.

“IM OFFICIALLY A #CLEVELAND #BROWN NOW!” West wrote on Instagram. “DEAL DONE #DAWGPOUND BABY. JUST THE BEGINNING. MORE TO COME. #BLESSED AND #THANKFUL.”

West received a four-year contract worth $2.796 million, NationalFootballPost.com reported.

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 10, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine spoke to reporters today following the team's first practice of mandatory minicamp. Below is a transcript from the news conference.

On declining Hard Knocks: “Just being a first-year head coach – I had been a part of it before – I just really wanted to get through that first season’s training camp. This was a decision that was made long before the draft. It was just something that I felt in my gut, I just didn’t want to be a part of the first year. I saw the positives of it, but I think there’s some negatives to it, as well. Just not having a good feel for our roster, as far as the chemistry and the personalities and all of that, that’s kind of going into some uncharted territory to agree to do that right out of the gate. I think that’s why the league gives the teams that are the first-year [head coaches] the right to not be a part of that pool of teams they can potentially require to do it.”

On if Hard Knocks makes it more difficult for the coaching staff: “It can. I think it’s just something that you’re…I just always felt if there’s anything that causes us to think for one second about something other than preparing our football for the opener, than that’s probably not a good thing. There are some distractions involved with it. I see the other side of it, the positives that can be there, but from a staff standpoint, that’s something that we have to factor in.”

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Cleveland Browns shutting down media availability for Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer until July

By Dan Kadar Published: June 10, 2014

The Cleveland Browns are shutting down media availability for quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel until July 25, a team spokesman said.

That's when the team reports for training camp. The team is holding minicamp today, but the quarterbacks won't be made available to the media.

 

#Browns spokesman said Johnny Manziel won't be available to media this week in minicamp. Also said he won't be available until 7/25 & 7/31.

 

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Hall of Famer Joe Namath on Browns' Johnny Manziel: 'He's got to live his life; give him some room'

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 9, 2014

Hall of Fame quarterback and New York Jets legend Joe Namath appeared on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access tonight and discussed a quarterback who is very much a showman like himself -- Browns rookie Johnny Manziel.

The 22nd overall pick in this year's draft, Manziel has created a stir in his first month with the Browns by, as he puts it, living life to the fullest. He partied in Las Vegas during Memorial Day weekend, met friend and famous rapper Drake at a Los Angeles nightclub the following week and spent this past weekend embarking on a series of adventures in Texas.

Namath shared his thoughts about the attention -- and criticism -- Manziel constantly receives. Below is a transcript from the interview provided by the network.

On if criticism of Manziel is warranted: “What difference does it make, really? And it is an example of the different eras and times. I do know this about Johnny Manziel: I haven't seen anyone perform any better than Johnny the last two seasons on that football field. And I do know that we love entertainment. Football is a sport, but it is show biz. It is entertainment. And Johnny, he's got to live his life; give him some room. I've been to Vegas before; you guys have probably been to Vegas. Give the man a little bit of room. But you see, in his position he's like not entitled to be a regular guy [at] 22 years old or 21 years old. Everything’s blown out of whack. I don't know. I’d love him on my team, let me just say that.” 

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Browns sign offensive lineman Alex Parsons, kicker/punter Jake Rogers on eve of mandatory minicamp

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 9, 2014

The Browns signed offensive lineman Alex Parsons and kicker/punter Jake Rogers, the team announced today.

Below is a news release from the Browns, who'll hold their mandatory minicamp Tuesday-Thursday.

Cleveland Browns on Monday signed OL Alex Parsons and K/P Jake Rogers. General Manager Ray Farmer made the announcement.

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Browns cut safety Jamoris Slaughter, a sixth-round pick in last year's draft

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 9, 2014

The Browns have waived safety Jamoris Slaughter, the team announced today.

The Browns selected Slaughter in the sixth round (No. 175 overall) of last year’s draft. He spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad.

Three games into Slaughter’s senior season at the University of Notre Dame, he suffered a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon. He was bothered by several leg injuries last season with the Browns.

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As Browns QB Johnny Manziel embarked on weekend adventures, he showed loyalty to LeBron, Cleveland

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 10, 2014

As Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel embarked on a series of adventures in his home state of Texas this past weekend, he was careful to balance his business relationship with LeBron James and his new allegiance to Cleveland.

Manziel partied in Austin, Texas, for a couple of days and then attended Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. After the Heat wrapped up a 98-96 win, Manziel posted a photo on Instagram of James shooting a free throw in the AT&T Center and wrote “King.”

Cleveland sports fans usually don’t take kindly to athletes from their favorite teams rooting for James, but Manziel provided a twist. He wore a blue and orange Cavs hat to the game, thus showing his loyalty to James and Cleveland at the same time.

@JManziel2 rocking #Cavs hat at Game 2 of NBA finals. pic.twitter.com/lqTOSFjVro

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Browns work out outside linebacker Edgar Jones, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 9, 2014

The Browns worked out veteran outside linebacker Edgar Jones today, Aaron Wilson of NationalFootballPost.com reported.

A deal is not imminent.

The Browns cut veteran outside linebacker Quentin Jones last week and now have only five players at the position: Jabaal Sheard, Paul Kruger, Barkevious Mingo, Justin Staples and Eric Martin.

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Not surprising that Browns have yet to engage in serious talks about extending Brian Hoyer’s deal

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 6, 2014

Quarterback Brian Hoyer is on the verge of entering the final season of his contract with the Browns, but with so much unknown surrounding the North Olmsted native, it would be unreasonable to expect the two sides to enter serious talks about extending his deal.

The Browns understandably want to see how Hoyer’s comeback attempt from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament plays out. They want to see how his competition with rookie Johnny Manziel for the starting quarterback job unfolds. And assuming he plays, they want to see how he performs during the upcoming season because he has made only four starts (he went 3-0 last season before getting hurt) in his five-year NFL career.

So it’s not surprising that no talks of an extension have materialized to this point, which is what CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora wrote in a lengthy profile about Hoyer that was published today. 

“I have so much more to worry about than that,” Hoyer told La Canfora in a phone interview that lasted about 40 minutes. “It was a short sample last year, but at least I showed people I'm capable of being a winning quarterback in this league, and no matter what happens this year I think I'll be in a good spot at the end of the season.”

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The Dan Patrick Show capitalizing on 'Manzielmania' by selling 'hurry up and draft me' T-shirts

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 6, 2014

The Dan Patrick Show is paying tribute to the text message rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel sent Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains during the first round of the NFL Draft by selling “hurry up and draft me” T-shirts for $19.95 on its website.

The legend of the text went viral after Loggains explained it during a radio interview last month with ESPN Arkansas. Loggains suggested that the text prompted the Browns to trade up from No. 26 overall to No. 22 so they could nab Manziel on May 8.

"We're sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on TV, and Johnny and I are texting,” Loggains said. “And he shoots me a text and he says, ‘I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together.’

“When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner [Jimmy Haslam] and to the head coach [Mike Pettine]. I'm like, ‘This guy wants to be here. He wants to be part of it.’ As soon as that happened, Mr. Haslam said, ‘Pull the trigger. We're trading up to go get this guy.’”

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Browns shake up depth at linebacker by cutting veterans Quentin Groves, Larry Grant

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 6, 2014

The Browns must like the way some of their young linebackers fit into new coach Mike Pettine’s 3-4, hybrid scheme because they have cut veterans Quentin Groves and Larry Grant, both of whom have six NFL seasons on their resumes. The team announced the moves this morning.

Groves earned a spot in the defense’s rotation of outside linebackers last season, but an injured ankle limited him to only five games. Former Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton spent the 2012 season with Groves when they were members of the Arizona Cardinals. The Browns then signed Groves, who was an unrestricted free agent, to a two-year, $2.8 million contract in March 2013 partly because they knew he would help his new teammates learn Horton’s scheme.

Groves, 29, earned respect in the locker room and was voted special teams captain despite being arrested a month after his arrival on a charge of soliciting an undercover police officer for prostitution.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Groves finished his shortened 2013 season with four tackles, including two sacks, and one forced fumble.

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Browns agree to terms with inside linebacker Christian Kirksey on rookie contract

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 5, 2014

The Browns have agreed to terms with inside linebacker Christian Kirksey on his rookie contract, the team announced today.

The four-year deal is worth $3.04 million and includes a signing bonus of $662,500, a league source confirmed, speaking on condition of anonymity because financial terms were not announced. Aaron Wilson of NationalFootballPost.com first reported the deal.

Kirksey, a third-round draft pick (No. 71 overall) from the University of Iowa, is expected to battle Craig Robertson this summer for the starting inside linebacker spot next to Karlos Dansby.

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Judge dismisses phony lawsuit against Browns rookie Johnny Manziel

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 4, 2014

A judge has dismissed a phony sexual harassment lawsuit filed last month against Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel in a Florida district court, TMZ.com reported today.

Throwing out the suit was obviously a formality because it was a hoax.

Judge Steven D. Merryday dismissed the suit last week and deemed it “immaterial, impertinent and scandalous,” according to the report.

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Toledo restaurant releases Johnny Football burger

By Dan Kadar Published: June 4, 2014

City Grill in Toledo is taking advantage of Johnny Manziel mania, putting out a hamburger inspired by the Browns rookie quarterback. No, the burger is not an undersized slider.

The "Johnny Football Burger" is a four decker with your choice of American or Swiss cheese. Courtesy of Toledo Blade reporter Taylor Dungjen, here's what the burger looks like:

 

The Johnny Football burger at City Grill in downtown #Toledo. Because: America. #nope pic.twitter.com/9sJT2HWmdP

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Browns WR Josh Gordon pleads not guilty to speeding citation from Memorial Day weekend

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 4, 2014

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon didn’t appear in Berea Municipal Court this morning as previously scheduled because attorney Gary A. Vick entered a not guilty plea on his behalf Tuesday for a speeding ticket the All Pro received during Memorial Day weekend in Strongsville, court records show.

A new court date has yet to be set.

Gordon was pulled over in his gray 2014 Mercedes-Benz SUV at 9:43 p.m. May 25 for traveling northbound on Interstate 71 at 74 mph in a 60 mph zone, according to the ticket issued by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s deputy who stopped him. He was fined $187.

The incident made headlines because a passenger in Gordon’s vehicle received a citation for possession of marijuana in an amount less than 200 grams during the traffic stop.

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Man walks into Browns practice looking for tryout

By Tom Withers, AP Sports Writer Published: June 4, 2014

A former high school player from New Mexico wandered onto the Browns' practice field hoping to get a tryout.

The unidentified man walked onto the field at the team's training headquarters on Tuesday with an equipment bag strapped to his back as the Browns worked out. A team spokesman said the man was quickly spotted and escorted from the field through the media gate without incident.

The team believes the man, who appeared to be in his mid-20s, entered the field after walking through the team's indoor field house.

A member of the team's media relations staff and a security staffer talked with the man, who told them he came to Cleveland hoping to get a shot with the NFL team.

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 3, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine spoke to reporters today following the team's eighth practice of organized team activities. Below is a transcript from the news conference.

On if he talked with Browns WR Josh Gordon about his traffic stop or if there was any team discipline because of it: “That’s a club issue right now. We’re not going to make any comments on his current situation.”

On whether Gordon’s recent traffic stop is troubling: “I just think any time there’s issues off the field, regardless of the player, it can be if it’s a pattern.”

On Browns DB Aaron Berry: “He’s a great competitor. That’s one of the reasons he’s here. I was fortunate to be around him in New York, and when he’s healthy I think he can be a guy that really fits our style of play. He’s very confident. He’ll get up, he’ll get in your face, he’ll cover you and he’ll tell you about it.”

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Browns sign CB Aaron Berry, giving him shot to revive career derailed by injury, off-field trouble

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 2, 2014

A knee injury and off-field issues have seriously threatened cornerback Aaron Berry’s NFL career, though he’ll receive another chance to resurrect it with the Browns.

The Browns announced today that they signed Berry as an unrestricted free agent. Terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed. Berry paid the organization a visit in March but didn’t immediately strike a deal.

“Aaron Berry gives us both depth and competition at corner, and has the potential to upgrade our kicking game,” Browns General Manager Ray Farmer said in a news release. “He's tough and relentless and his strength prior to his injury was man coverage. He's also accountable for his past, which is well-documented.”

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Berry hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since he played for the New York Jets in 2012, when new Browns coach Mike Pettine was in his fourth and final season as the defensive coordinator of the team. Berry, who’ll turn 26 on June 25, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament last July during a training camp practice with the Jets and missed the entire 2013 season.

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