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2014 NFL Draft: A look at the top prospects coming out of Ohio State

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 30, 2014

Here's a brief look at the top prospects coming out of Ohio State this year, what their strengths and weaknesses are and where they might go in the draft. 

Ryan Shazier, outside linebacker, junior

Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 237 pounds

2013 stats: 133 tackles, 23.5 tackles-for-loss, six sacks

Current overall prospect ranks: NFLDraftScout.com: 22nd; ESPN.com: 23rd

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Browns minicamp notes: Desmond Bryant continues comeback after undergoing cardiac ablation Dec. 6

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2014

Browns starting defensive end Desmond Bryant is continuing his journey on the comeback trail today by participating in the second practice of the team’s voluntary veteran minicamp.

Bryant, 28, underwent a cardiac ablation Dec. 6 at the Cleveland Clinic to fix an irregular heartbeat that ended his 2013 season after 12 games. He joined the Browns last year by signing a five-year, $34 million contract after spending the previous four seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Bryant has been taking part in the Browns’ offseason conditioning program, which began April 7, though he missed the first practice of minicamp Tuesday for a personal reason, coach Mike Pettine said.

A cardiac ablation is a procedure used to destroy a small area of heart tissue that causes rapid and irregular heartbeats, according to the American Heart Association. It usually involves inserting catheters through the groin to deliver radiofrequency energy that eliminates the disruptive tissue.

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

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters today following the first practice of the team's three-day voluntary veteran minicamp. Below is a transcript.

On the Browns’ first minicamp practice: “Enjoyed it. It was a long time coming. Just getting hired in January, I had this date circled. It was a special one, and I thought the guys responded. I thought coaching-wise, we did a real good job with the organization part of it, and the players were great – great effort, flew around; made some mistakes, but very natural for it being the first day. As I like to say, we’ll have a lot of coaching moments on the video tape.”

On Browns QB Brian Hoyer’s status: “He’s been cleared to do individual work and then he’s not been cleared to do team work. Just having issues with bodies flying around him, we didn’t want to expose him that way. He was able to do seven-on-seven work and all the individual stuff.”

On how Hoyer practiced: “I thought he looked good, and it’s not a surprise because in the phase two work, we’ve been able to do a lot of stuff with him too. I thought he’s done a great job with (Browns head athletic trainer) Joe Sheehan and getting on the rehab plan. As we said, he’s ahead of schedule, and I think he proved that today, as well.”

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2014 NFL Draft: A look at Texas A&M WR Mike Evans

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 29, 2014

Here's a brief look at a big, athletic wide receiver prospect the Browns could be targeting somewhere in the first round in Texas A&M's Mike Evans. 

Mike Evans, Texas A&M, Sophomore

Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 231 pounds

2013 stats: 69 receptions, 394 yards (20.2 average), 12 touchdowns

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Browns QB Brian Hoyer looks sharp today in voluntary minicamp despite knee injury

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2014

About seven months after suffering a season-ending knee injury, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer looks sharp and appears to be ahead of schedule on the comeback trail.

Hoyer is participating today in the franchise’s first practice of its three-day voluntary veteran minicamp under new coach Mike Pettine. Hoyer led the Browns to back-to-back wins last September before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Oct. 3 against the Buffalo Bills.

Hoyer, the team’s incumbent starting quarterback, displayed impressive footwork and delivered crisp passes while dropping back and throwing to receivers during individual drills in the team’s field house in Berea. The brace on his right knee served as the only visible reminder of his injury.

Starting defensive end Desmond Bryant was the only Browns player who wasn’t in the field house during the 30 minutes of practice open to reporters. A team spokesman said Bryant has been participating in the offseason workout program after undergoing a cardiac ablation Dec. 6 at the Cleveland Clinic to fix an irregular heartbeat that ended his first season with the Browns after 12 games.

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Here's what Browns GM Ray Farmer is saying about 2014 NFL Draft

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2014

Browns General Manager Ray Farmer held a pre-draft news conference today. Here is a transcript:

Opening statement: “I really just wanted to start by thanking everybody for coming out. I know that the draft is big. Everyone’s excited about this opportunity for the Browns to get better. I know we are here, internally. With that, I really wanted to thank the scouts. We have guys that are on the road. The draft is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week, 365-day-a-year job for a lot of our scouts, specifically those guys that are on the road. I wanted to definitely make a comment that I appreciate the hard work that they’ve put in. Specifically, I’m going to name a couple guys just because I think they went above and beyond the normal scope for us this year. (Browns college area scouts) Chisom Opara and Bobby Vega both stepped up tremendously and did, I’m going to say ‘a yeoman’s work’ as far as what they were tasked and what they were able to accomplish this year – definitely demonstrated that they are frontline scouts and guys that can really make a difference in this organization. Also, I would be remised if I didn’t thank (Browns owner) Jimmy Haslam. He’s definitely given us the resources and put us in a position to have success with all of his support. He constantly ends every meeting that we have with what else can he do to support us. That appreciation from my perspective doesn’t go unnoticed. The scouts are very appreciative and our coaches, as well. They’ve all had insight into this process, worked through countless hours of meetings, studies, interviews and time spent with players to try and unearth the right information for us to move forward with. I definitely wanted to extend those thank-yous to the people that are involved.”

On if QB Vince Young at the facility today, and if he will participate in this week’s minicamp: “That is 100 percent true.”

On the Browns interest in Young: “The interest in Vince is that he’s been productive. He’s had success in the National Football League. We wanted to take the opportunity to get a chance to see what he was. We had been kind of following him through the offseason, and he had been doing some things that kind of caught our eye and made us take note and we wanted to see what that looked like in his own time frame. When the opportunity was right, minicamp seemed to be the appropriate time, then we brought him in. This may get some ears: he’s not the only one.”

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Browns GM Ray Farmer says free-agent QBs Vince Young, Tyler Thigpen to try out with team in minicamp

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2014

Free-agent quarterbacks Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen will participate in the Browns’ voluntary veteran minicamp this week on a tryout basis, General Manager Ray Farmer said this morning during a pre-draft news conference.

The minicamp will run Tuesday through Thursday at the team’s headquarters in Berea.

Brian Hoyer is coming off the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in his right knee last October, and Alex Tanney has never played in a regular-season NFL game. They are the only two quarterbacks on the Browns’ roster, so it makes perfect sense for the team to bring in other passers for auditions during minicamp.

Young or Thigpen could earn a contract and be signed to provide depth. Of course, the Browns are also expected to add a quarterback in the draft, which will run May 8-10.

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Browns GM Ray Farmer presser: Watkins gets a wow, support for Manziel, Bridgewater

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 28, 2014

Below are some highlights from Browns’ General Manager Ray Farmer’s news conference today in Berea. Check Ohio.com later today for more stories from Farmer's availability.

On the uncertainty of what’s going to happen at three spots before Browns pick: “I feel like 1, 2, and 3 are starting to shape up in my mind. There are five options to go 1, 2, and 3. I’m starting to narrow it down, at least in my head. It’s a speculation game at this point.”

On Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s dedication to football: “I don’t think I have any reservations with who Johnny is. We spent a lot of time with him. He’s a good young man. You don’t get a handbook with how to operate in certain instances. When you go from being a kid from Tyler, Texas to being Johnny Football and winning the Heisman Trophy really quickly, they don’t hand you a manual and tell you how to handle the media swarm, paparazzi, how to handle people coming up to you at dinners. He would tell you it’s probably not how he would have written it up, but you live and you learn. There’s good things ahead for him. It’s how do you handle it when he gets to his new destination.”

On Manziel as a player: “He’s different. He’s not the quintessential guy who everybody points to and says, ‘This is how you would draw it up, this is the packaging you want.’ That speaks to a lot of what Johnny has been his entire life, is different. It’s not how you think about playing the position and being effective from the pocket.”

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Quarterback Vince Young to tryout with Browns this week during minicamp, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2014

Quarterback Vince Young will take a physical today with the Browns and participate in the team’s voluntary veteran minicamp this week on a tryout basis, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Sports in Houston reported this morning.

Young, 30, hasn’t played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011. He spent parts of the 2012 and 2013 offseasons with the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers, respectively.

The third overall pick in the 2006 draft, Young has a career record of 31-19 as an NFL starter. He made the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2009.

Brian Hoyer, who’s coming off the torn ACL he suffered in his right knee last October, and Alex Tanney, who has never played in a regular-season NFL game, are the only quarterbacks on the Browns’ active roster, so it makes perfect sense for the team to invite another passer to minicamp. Of course, the Browns are also expected to add a quarterback in the draft, which will run May 8-10.

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2014 NFL Draft: A look at the possible mid-draft quarterback targets for the Browns

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 27, 2014
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Here's a brief look at the possible quarterback targets that aren't named Manziel, Bortles, Bridgewater or Carr. And we begin this post with perhaps the draft's fastest rising prospect, Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage.

 

 

Tom Savage, Pittsburgh, Senior

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Browns name Dr. Jamil Northcutt their new director of player engagement

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 25, 2014

The Browns named Dr. Jamil Northcutt their new director of player engagement today.

Northcutt spent the past six years as assistant athletics director for internal operations at the University of Mississippi. He also was the Kansas City Chiefs’ player development coordinator from 2005-08.

Browns General Manager Ray Farmer was the Chiefs’ director of pro personnel from 2006-12, so he worked with Northcutt in Kansas City.

“Jamil has no dearth of knowledge,” Farmer said. “His role is to support our players, so he’s a very important hire. Not only does he bring experience in the field of NFL player engagement, he’s also going to be a very positive influence in our community. He’s the kind of person we want representing our organization. He’s an all-around Browns fit. The core of the man is excellence.”

Northcutt played football at Ole Miss and has three degrees from the university. He earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science in May 2003 and his master's in higher education and administration in December 2004. He completed his doctorate in higher education (administration) in August 2013.

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Video: Answering your Cleveland Browns NFL Draft questions

By Dan Kadar Published: April 25, 2014

The 2014 NFL Draft is less than two weeks away, and there are plenty of questions about what the Cleveland Browns will do with their picks. Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich answered some of those questions sent in on Twitter.

Who do you want the Browns take in the draft? The team has the Nos. 4, 26 and 35 picks in the first two rounds. Let us know who you want in the comments or in the poll below.

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Bernie Kosar believes Browns, WKYC ousted him as preseason analyst because of his slurred speech

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 24, 2014

Click here for an updated version of this story: WKYC executive says TV station will stick with decision to remove former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar as preseason color commentator

Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar believes the team and WKYC ousted him Wednesday as the color commentator for their preseason game broadcasts because of his slurred speech that he attributes to concussions he suffered as a player.

Kosar made the assertion in a statement released this morning and expressed hope that WKYC would reconsider the decision to remove him from the broadcast booth.

Solomon Wilcots will replace Kosar as an analyst during preseason games, and Jim Donovan will remain the play-by-play man, the Browns and WKYC announced Wednesday. The Browns also said they’re discussing potential new roles with Kosar that could include appearances on their website, radio shows and the pregame telecasts for preseason games.

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Early storylines to watch for each Browns game next season

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 23, 2014

The NFL released the 2014 regular-season schedules of all 32 teams tonight. Click here for our story about the Browns' schedule and check out our list of early storylines to watch below.

Week 1: Sun., Sept. 7, at Pittsburgh Steelers, CBS, 1 p.m.

Early storyline: Mike Pettine will make his regular-season debut as an NFL head coach against the team that has tortured the Browns like no other since 1999. Including one postseason game, the Steelers are 26-5 against the Browns during the expansion era.

Week 2: Sun., Sept. 14, New Orleans Saints, FOX, 1 p.m.

Early storyline: Pettine rode the coattails of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan when they were defensive assistants for the Baltimore Ravens. Ryan’s twin brother, Rob Ryan, served as the Browns’ defensive coordinator from 2009-10, and he’ll return to Cleveland in the same capacity with the Saints.

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Browns' 2014 regular-season schedule unveiled

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 23, 2014

The NFL released the 2014 regular-season schedules of all 32 teams tonight. Here is the Browns' schedule:  

Week 1: Sun., Sept. 7, at Pittsburgh Steelers, CBS, 1 p.m.

Week 2: Sun., Sept. 14, New Orleans Saints, FOX, 1 p.m.

Week 3: Sun., Sept. 21, Baltimore Ravens, CBS, 1 p.m.

Week 4: Sun., Sept. 28, BYE WEEK

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Browns replace Bernie Kosar as commentator for pregame telecasts, reveal exhibition dates and times

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 23, 2014

The Browns and WKYC have replaced former quarterback Bernie Kosar as the color commentator for their preseason game telecasts, the team announced this evening as it unveiled its exhibition schedule.

Veteran commentator Solomon Wilcots will fill Kosar’s former role. Jim Donovan will remain the play-by-play man.

Meanwhile, the Browns are discussing potential new roles with Kosar that could include appearances on their website and radio shows. Kosar also could be part of the pregame telecasts for preseason games, but it won’t be in his former role as color commentator.

Wilcots is a regular-season analyst for the NFL on CBS. Before launching his broadcast career in 1994, he played defensive back in the NFL for six seasons.

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2014 NFL Draft: Johnny Manziel's visit with Browns begins today

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 23, 2014

Considering the attention Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel receives from the media, he should be named the grand marshal of the quarterback parade marching through Berea to visit the Browns this week.

Manziel begins his previously reported pre-draft visit with the Browns today, and it'll continue Thursday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning. Manziel also conducted a private workout for the Browns this past Saturday.

Otherwise known as “Johnny Football,” Manziel is a presumed candidate to be drafted fourth overall by the Browns on May 8. Other top-rated quarterbacks like Central Florida’s Blake Bortles and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater visited the Browns earlier this week, according to reports, and Fresno State’s Derek Carr is in town and set to visit the team Thursday.

But it’s not just the projected first-round quarterbacks visiting the Browns. Ball State’s Keith Wenning wrote on Twitter he would meet with the Browns today. Alabama’s AJ McCarron and Georgia’s Aaron Murray are also on the list of visitors for this week.

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2014 NFL Draft notes: Alabama QB AJ McCarron working out for Browns today, will visit them next week

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 16, 2014

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron is on a mission to convince the NFL that he has been underrated throughout the pre-draft process.

The Browns are receiving his sales pitch. They're conducting a private workout with McCarron today, and he'll visit the team's headquarters next week, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal this morning. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns aren't revealing their itinerary for pre-draft workouts and visits.

If the Browns don’t draft a quarterback fourth overall on May 8, they’ll certainly target one, if not two, later. They have 10 picks, including five in the first three rounds and seven in the first four rounds.

NFLDraftScout.com projects McCarron as a third- or fourth-round pick, though he has a much higher opinion of himself.

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Podcast: Cleveland Browns sign FB Chris Pressley, thoughts on Alex Mack's contract and draft talk

By Dan Kadar Published: April 15, 2014

Cleveland Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich is back on the Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com podcast this week talking about the signing of fullback Chris Pressley. Does it change the offense or make it more all-weather like head coach Mike Pettine prefers? He also breaks down the Alex Mack contract and if the team's draft plan is any clearer.

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Highlights from Browns Pro Bowl center Alex Mack's group interview about contract saga ending

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 14, 2014

Browns Pro Bowl center Alex Mack is relieved the drama caused by his contract situation ended last week.

Mack met with reporters today at the team’s headquarters to discuss the resolution of the ordeal.

After failing to strike a long-term deal with Mack, the Browns placed a transition tag on him last month to prevent him from hitting the open market as an unrestricted free agent. The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Mack to a five-year, $42 million offer sheet on Friday, but the Browns didn’t hesitate to match it and retain him.

Mack’s new deal includes $26 million guaranteed and gives him the right to void the contract and become a free agent after the 2015 season. The contract was designed to ensure Mack, 28, would not be susceptible to being tagged if he voids the deal after two seasons, and it also contains a no-trade provision. He is scheduled to make $18 million guaranteed in the first two years, and another $8 million guaranteed if he stays with the Browns for a third season.

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Browns sign former Bengals fullback Chris Pressley

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 14, 2014

Updated at 1:10 p.m.

The Browns have signed Chris Pressley, a traditional fullback they hope will pave the way for running back Ben Tate, an NFL source told the Beacon Journal this morning, speaking on condition of anonymity because the move had yet to be announced.

The Browns later announced the signing this afternoon. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

The 5-foot-10, 249-pound Pressley spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as the Cincinnati Bengals’ No. 1 fullback. However, he suffered a season-ending knee injury Dec. 13, 2012, against the Philadelphia Eagles and did not appear in a game last season.

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Browns have until Wednesday to match Alex Mack’s signed offer sheet that includes no-trade provision

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 11, 2014

Transition-tagged Pro Bowl center Alex Mack has signed a five-year, $42 million offer sheet from the Jacksonville Jaguars today, as expected, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the terms of the deal were not announced.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news. The Jaguars later announced Mack had signed their offer sheet, which was subsequently submitted to the NFL.

The Browns have five days, or until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, to match the offer. If they match, Mack will return to Cleveland under the terms of the deal crafted by his lead agent, Marvin Demoff, and the Jaguars.

The Browns are expected to match the offer, Schefter and ProFootballTalk.com reported Thursday.

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Browns expected to match Alex Mack’s offer sheet from Jaguars, according to reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 10, 2014

To match or not to match? That is the question the Browns face because transition-tagged Pro Bowl center Alex Mack agreed to terms on an offer sheet from the Jacksonville Jaguars and will sign the five-year deal by Friday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday.

Once Mack signs the offer sheet, the Browns will have five days to match it, and, according to Schefter, the organization won’t hesitate to do so. If the Browns match the offer sheet, Mack will return to Cleveland under the terms of the deal constructed by his lead agent, Marvin Demoff, and the Jaguars.

Citing an unnamed source, Schefter reported this morning that the Browns figure to match the offer sheet “in no time at all.” ProFootballTalk.com also reported “the Browns will likely match the offer.”

Some financial terms of the offer sheet have surfaced.

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Browns transition-tagged center Alex Mack to sign offer sheet from Jaguars this week, ESPN reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 9, 2014

The NFL Draft is still about a month away, but the Browns’ new regime will face a crucial decision this week that will affect the organization for years to come.

Browns transition-tagged Pro Bowl center Alex Mack will sign a five-year offer sheet from the Jacksonville Jaguars by Friday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported today. The deal will be designed to make it as difficult as possible for the Browns to match because Mack wants to play for the Jaguars instead of returning to Cleveland, according to the report.

Once Mack signs the offer sheet, the Browns will have five days to match it.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Browns Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas expressed confidence Mack would return to Cleveland when they addressed the media Tuesday night before an advance screening of Draft Day at a Cinemark theater in Valley View.

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Browns' 2014 preseason schedule unveiled

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 9, 2014

Mike Pettine will make his preseason debut as an NFL head coach when the Browns visit the Detroit Lions in the exhibition opener for both teams in August.

The NFL unveiled the preseason opponents for all 32 teams this afternoon.

The Browns will announce specific dates and times for all of their preseason games in the near future. The NFL is also expected to release the regular-season schedule this month.

The Browns will open the preseason on the road against the Lions sometime from Aug. 7-10. Then they’ll visit the Washington Redskins Aug. 18 for a Monday Night Football exhibition game that’ll be nationally televised in prime time on ESPN.

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New Browns WR Nate Burleson on winning now, LeBron James TD celebration, being a diva and more

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 7, 2014

New Browns wide receiver Nate Burleson is a self-proclaimed “social butterfly,” so it’s not surprising that he went into great detail while discussing several topics Monday during a 20-minute conference call with beat writers.

Our story for Tuesday’s newspaper focuses on the leadership Burleson promises to provide the Browns.

But leadership is hardly the only subject Burleson addressed. Below are some other highlights from the conversation.

Burleson visited the Miami Dolphins last week before meeting with the Browns on Saturday. Was there any hesitation on Burleson's part to join the Browns because of the firing of coach Rob Chudzinski after he spent just one season on the job and all of the turnover the franchise has undergone?: “No, there wasn’t. I left Miami and at the time I was leaving Miami, they showed some interest. I have some great relationships over there. I sat there and I told them this is a football decision. So from a football standpoint, I have to go take this trip to Cleveland, plain and simple. And that was just me thinking as a football player. And I’m glad that I did. I was able to sit down and talk with everybody from the GM down to the receivers coach, had dinner with the head coach. Just got a great feel for what they’re trying to do. And I think they understood what I wanted to do, and that was win games. At this point in my career, I can either look at it two ways. Year 12, I can say I want to get as many touchdowns and catches as I can, or I can say I want to be productive in a winning program. Injuries have kind of hurt my success over the last couple years in Detroit. In a half season I put up over 400 yards. I’m trying to give Cleveland a healthy Nate Burleson, and a healthy Nate Burleson in 16 games can tap dance around 1,000 yards easily. But more importantly, I can move the chains. Any team can utilize a guy that can move the chains. With the features that they already have and with some of these young guns that they have on this team, I’m just a guy that wants to be a part of it. I’m not going to come in and try to be the man. I just want to be one of the guys that’s part of a great winning program.”

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Browns GM Ray Farmer comments on wide receiver Nate Burleson agreeing to contract

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 7, 2014

Browns General Manager Ray Farmer released a statement today about the addition of wide receiver Nate Burleson. On Sunday night, Burleson and the Browns reached an agreement on a one-year contract.

Here is Farmer's statement:

“We’re happy to welcome Nate to the Browns locker room and family. We added Nate because we believe he can play like a Brown, with the added veteran presence that can help young players reach their potential. He's a pro’s pro. He’s the quality-character person that understands the NFL from all angles and sides. He can play, which is evident in his beginning to last season prior to missing time, with production and value. He will improve our roster and overall competition at the wide-receiver position.

“Like we’ve said all along, improving the competition at each position and adding pillars to the roster are important to us. We want guys that embody the needed traits, players who are passionate, tough, relentless, productive, instinctive and competitive -- all of which symbolize what it means to play like a Brown. Nate has competed to earn his opportunities and we’re excited to have him join the Browns.”

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Browns strike deal with free-agent wide receiver Nate Burleson, agent says

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 6, 2014

Nate Burleson has been the butt of many pizza-delivery jokes, but the Browns won’t care as long as he delivers for them.

The Browns struck a deal tonight on a one-year contract with Burleson, his agent, Ken Sarnoff, said. The team later confirmed an agreement had been reached. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.

With the move, the Browns bolstered the depth of their receiving corps and added someone they hope can mentor All-Pro Josh Gordon. The 6-foot, 198-pound Burleson visited the Miami Dolphins last week before traveling to Cleveland and meeting with the Browns on Saturday.

Burleson, 32, spent the past four seasons with the Detroit Lions. Burleson, who also played for the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings, has started 103 of the 135 regular-season games in which he has appeared. However, injuries have limited him to only 15 games with 13 starts the last two seasons.

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Browns Pro Bowl center, transition-tag recipient Alex Mack visits Jaguars

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 5, 2014

 

Browns Pro Bowl center Alex Mack visited the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday, and there are ongoing conversations between the two sides, a league source confirmed today, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation.

Mack, 28, had dinner with Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley on Friday night, the Florida Times-Union reported. He left this morning.

After failing to reach a long-term deal with Mack, the Browns placed a transition tag on him in March. If Mack signs the tag, he'll play for the Browns next season under a one-year, $10.039 million deal that would make him the highest-paid center in the NFL by about $2 million.

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Browns say free-agent wide receiver Nate Burleson is visiting them today

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 5, 2014

Free-agent wide receiver Nate Burleson is visiting the Browns today at their headquarters, a team spokesman confirmed.

Burleson also recently visited the Miami Dolphins, according to several reports.

The 6-foot, 198-pound Burleson, 32, spent the past four seasons with the Detroit Lions. Injuries have limited him to only 15 games with 13 starts the last two seasons.

This past season, Burleson caught 39 passes for 461 yards and a touchdown. His season was interrupted in September by a bizarre, headline-grabbing injury that forced him to miss seven games. Burleson suffered a broken arm in a one-car accident caused by his attempt to keep a pizza he’d purchased from sliding off the passenger seat. The Lions stated there was no alcohol involved.

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Josh Gordon, Joe Thomas to be honored May 19 at 35th annual Akron Browns Backers banquet

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 5, 2014

All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon and All-Pro offensive left tackle Joe Thomas will be honored at the 35th annual Akron Browns Backers banquet May 19 at the Tangier restaurant, 532 W. Market St., Akron.

Several Browns alumni are planning to attend. News Channel 5 sports director and 92.3 The Fan radio host Andy Baskin is scheduled to serve as master of ceremonies.

The local chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America will honor Gordon as the 2013 player of the year and Thomas as the 2013 Dino Lucarelli Good Guy Award winner.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for a fan fest. A VIP cocktail party starts at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m.

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Free-agent wide receiver Nate Burleson scheduled to visit Browns on Saturday

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 3, 2014

The Browns are scouring the free-agent market for depth at wide receiver, and Nate Burleson is the latest veteran to be revealed as one of their free-agent targets.

Burleson, 32, is scheduled to visit the Browns on Saturday, a league source confirmed this afternoon. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the team won't confirm a visit until it happens.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports 1 first reported the scheduled visit this afternoon. Burleson is visiting the Miami Dolphins today, according to several reports.

The 6-foot, 198-pound Burleson, a third-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2003, spent the past four seasons with the Detroit Lions. Injuries have limited him to only 15 games with 13 starts the last two seasons.

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2014 NFL Draft: Browns conducting private workout with Central Florida QB Blake Bortles today

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 2, 2014

The Browns are conducting a private workout today with Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles, a league source confirmed this afternoon.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns are not revealing their itinerary for private workouts leading up to the draft, which will run May 8-10.

Many draft analysts consider Bortles the top-rated quarterback and believe the Houston Texans could pick him No. 1 overall.

The Browns, of course, are also in the market for a quarterback. They’ll likely nab one with one of two first-round picks (Nos. 4 and 26 overall) or with their choice early in the second round (No. 35 overall).

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2014 NFL Draft: Browns say they were represented at pro day of Jadeveon Clowney

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 2, 2014

Updated at 2:30 p.m.

The Browns missed a hell of a show when they skipped Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel's pro day last week, but they were in attendance today for another impressive and notable workout.

A Browns spokesman told the team's radio show, Cleveland Browns Daily, that the franchise was represented this morning at the pro day of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. In a subsequent conversation with the Beacon Journal, the spokesman declined to disclose who attended the workout on behalf of the Browns.

The spokesman was correcting NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock. Reporting from the pro day in Columbia, S.C., Mayock said on the air that the Browns were not in attendance.

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DeSean Jackson strikes deal with Redskins, ending speculation he could somehow end up with Browns

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 2, 2014

The Washington Redskins and former Philadelphia Eagles three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson agreed to terms on a three-year contract late Tuesday night, ESPN and NFL Network reported.

The deal is reportedly worth $24 million and includes $16 million guaranteed.

The Browns think Jackson is a good player and did homework on him, but they didn’t appear to be serious suitors despite reports to the contrary.

NBC Washington sports anchor Diana Russini reported Tuesday afternoon that the Browns were “going hard” after Jackson “with [an] offer.” ESPN.com’s John Keim reported Tuesday night that the Browns had “serious interest” in Jackson.

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2014 NFL Draft: Browns to host Fresno State QB Derek Carr on pre-draft visit

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 1, 2014

As expected, the Browns will perform a pre-draft double dip with Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr.

Carr is scheduled to visit the Browns in late April at their headquarters, he revealed today during an interview with Cleveland.com. The draft will run May 8-10.

The Browns recently began their tour of private workouts with quarterbacks by dining with Carr on Sunday night and working him out on Monday in Fresno, Calif.

In an interview Monday night on Sirius XM NFL Radio’s Late Hits, Carr said the Browns sent a contingent composed of General Manager Ray Farmer, coach Mike Pettine, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to meet with him.

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Report links Browns to DeSean Jackson a day after hosts of their radio show agreed he’d be detriment

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 1, 2014

A sports anchor based in Washington, D.C., reported the Browns are pursuing former Philadelphia Eagles three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson, but the Washington Redskins might not let him get away.

NBC Washington’s Diana Russini reported today the Browns “are going hard with [an] offer” after Jackson. Russini also reported the San Francisco 49ers have thrown their hat in the ring for Jackson and that he'll visit the 49ers Wednesday if he doesn't sign with the Redskins today.

As many as nine teams, including the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills, reportedly expressed interest in Jackson after the Eagles cut him Friday amid questions about his off-field behavior and alleged connections to Los Angeles street gangs. The Eagles had reportedly been trying to trade him before they severed ties with little explanation.

But Jackson has visited only one team – the Redskins. ESPN.com reported Jackson had dinner with Redskins coach Jay Gruden and other members of the staff Monday night before meetings with the organization today at its facility.

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2014 NFL Draft: Fresno State QB Derek Carr on private workout with Browns: 'It went so good'

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 1, 2014

The Browns recently began their tour of private workouts with quarterback prospects, and Fresno State’s Derek Carr believes he served as a strong opening act.

“It went so good,” Carr told Gil Brandt and Alex Marvez Monday night on Sirius XM NFL Radio’s Late Hits.

Carr said the Browns sent a contingent composed of General Manager Ray Farmer, coach Mike Pettine, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to meet with him in Fresno, Calif. He dined with team officials Sunday night and worked out for them Monday.

“They were all out here, so it was good to be able to go to dinner with them last night and work out for them today,” Carr said. “Everything went great. It went exactly how we wanted it to and now, of course, we just wait till May and see how they're feeling.”

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