The Browns were awarded offensive lineman Nick McDonald off waivers today from the San Diego Chargers, the team announced.
The Chargers waived McDonald on Monday with a non-football injury designation. He signed with the Chargers in January.
He sat out the entire 2013 season after the New England Patriots cut him in training camp.
The 6-foot-4, 306-pound McDonald entered the NFL in 2010 as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers. He spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Patriots, starting three of 16 regular-season games in which he appeared. He also played in two games with the Patriots during the 2011 playoffs.
McDonald, 27, has received playing time at center and both guard spots.To read more or comment...
Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is ranked No. 1 on NFL Players Inc.'s list for officially licensed merchandise sold from March 1-May 31.
The Browns drafted Manziel 22nd overall on the night of May 8, so he shot to the top of the list in just 23 days. NFLPI announced the ranking today.
The NFLPI is the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association. Its sales list includes Nike T-shirts and Fathead wall decals sold online and by traditional retail outlets. Licensed product categories also include jerseys, player murals, figurines, matted and framed photos, bobbleheads, drinkware, jewelry and electronic device accessories.
Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson finished as the runner-up to Manziel on the list. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning rounded out the top five.To read more or comment...
Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel leads the NFL in jerseys sold on NFLShop.com from April 1-July 17, the league announced Monday.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is No. 2 on the list, followed by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to round out the top five.
Manziel is the only Browns player to make the top 25. The team selected Manziel No. 22 overall during the first round of the NFL Draft on May 8.
View the entire list here.To read more or comment...
The Browns have hired former New York Giants vice president of communications Peter John-Baptiste to head their media relations department. He replaces Zak Gilbert, who resigned last month.
Below is a news release the team distributed today.
BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns named Peter John-Baptiste vice president of communications, announced today by Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam.
“We are privileged to bring Peter to our staff,” said Haslam. “He is a high-quality individual with extensive NFL experience. Peter also has a stellar reputation with the New York Giants, as well as with local and national media. He will greatly benefit both our football and business communications.
“In addition to being a respected leader by both his peers and media throughout the league, Peter’s time in a demanding New York market with Super Bowl championship teams make him an incredible asset as we continue to build positive relationships with media and Browns fans.”To read more or comment...
Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has added Snickers to his list of endorsements, ESPN.com reported today.
A company spokesman told the website Manziel is scheduled to appear in its "You're Not You When You're Hungry" campaign. A national TV commercial is set to debut as the NFL season approaches.
Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in this year's NFL Draft who won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M in 2012, has already filmed commercials for Nissan in addition to a digital spot for Nike.
Earlier this month, Manziel used Instagram to post a photograph of himself and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III at Nissan's "Heisman House" commercial shoot.To read more or comment...
The Browns are on the rise. Well, at least in terms of their net worth.
The Browns are ranked 35th on Forbes’ list of the world’s 50 most valuable sports teams of 2014 with an estimated value of $1.005 billion. Last year, they were 34th on the list at $987 million.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam bought the team for $1.05 billion in 2012. Considering the celebrity of rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Browns will likely ascend Forbes' list next year.
With 30 of 50 entries, the NFL dominates the most recent list, which published online today.To read more or comment...
Here is the Browns emailed release on Family Day at InfoCision Stadium in Akron:
The Browns will host their intrasquad scrimmage at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 at University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium, with gates opening at 10:30 a.m.
To attend the free event, Browns fans can register for general-admission tickets by visiting www.ClevelandBrowns.com, beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday. Individuals have the opportunity to request up to six seats, as space permits. Fans are encouraged to contact the Browns ticket office directly (440-891-5050) with questions.
Cleveland will welcome its fans from Akron, Northeast Ohio and throughout the region with special family-friendly pre-game and postgame activities.To read more or comment...
Browns fans won’t be the only ones barking at FirstEnergy Stadium in the fall.
The Browns, famous for their Dawg Pound cheering section, are planning to incorporate a real bullmastiff named “Swagger” into their game-day experience, team spokesman Rob McBurnett said today. One idea being kicked around is the canine leading the team onto the field before home games during the upcoming season.
Some fans have voiced complaints about the dog’s name via social media, but the team did not name the dog. The dog had already been named before the Browns considered using it.
The Browns will become the latest NFL team to use a live animal as part of their game-day festivities. The Seattle Seahawks have a hawk named Taima. The Denver Broncos showcase a white Arabian horse named Thunder. The Baltimore Ravens use ravens named Rise and Conquer.
The Browns' plans to incorporate a real dog were revealed in a recent radio interview 92.3 The Fan conducted with Kevin Griffin, the team's vice president of fan experience and marketing.To read more or comment...
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's truck-stop empire, Pilot Flying J, announced today it has reached an agreement with the federal government and will not be prosecuted for fraud, provided it meets the terms of the deal.
Under the two-year agreement, Pilot Flying J must pay a penalty of $92 million and fully cooperate with the government’s investigation of fraudulent conduct within the company’s diesel fuel sales discount programs.
The agreement offers no protection from prosecution to any individual, including Haslam, who has not been charged.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello made it clear that the league would not levy an additional penalty against Haslam. "There have been no allegations of any personal conduct that is in violation of NFL policy," Aiello wrote in an email.To read more or comment...
Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden discussed LeBron James’ return to the Cavaliers during an interview Friday night with NFL Network’s NFL Total Access. A transcript is below.
On how he’s feeling about the news that LeBron James is joining the Cleveland Cavaliers: “It’s a great day in Cleveland.”
On what he has been hearing and experiencing: “It’s been almost overwhelming. I was actually having my football camp when people that were at my camp -- peoples’ parents -- were like, ‘Oh my goodness LeBron’s here. LeBron’s here. LeBron’s coming back home.’ I’m super excited. I’ve been a really, really big LeBron supporter. It’s been kind of tough being a LeBron fan in Cleveland since he left. So now I’ve just been able to chill and post some of my things about being a big fan of him -- it’s going to be amazing.”
On if Cleveland is the center of the sports world and how it feels: “You could feel it everywhere especially after the draft too. We got [Justin] Gilbert and we got [Johnny] Manziel, then the city was buzzing. Now, LeBron’s coming back. We got Andrew Wiggins. The whole city feels really good about themselves. I know the players and everybody. I know I do. It’s time for us. There’s no reason why we can’t win games out here with the Cavs and for the Browns.”To read more or comment...
Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel and several of his teammates used social media this afternoon to welcome NBA superstar and Akron native LeBron James back to Northeast Ohio.
In an essay published online today by Sports Illustrated, James announced he has decided to return to the Cavaliers after leaving the team in 2010 and spending the past four seasons with the Miami Heat.
James’ homecoming is particularly significant for Manziel because they are business partners.
In January, Manziel signed with LRMR Management, the marketing firm run by James’ business partner, longtime friend and fellow St. Vincent-St. Mary High School product Maverick Carter. LRMR and Fenway Sports Management, which partnered together in 2011, are representing Manziel jointly.To read more or comment...
Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu realizes plenty of people have advice for embattled Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. But Mathieu also knows what it’s like to battle addiction, so he’s convinced that words of wisdom won’t help Gordon unless he wants to make significant changes.
Gordon was arrested early Saturday morning in Raleigh, N.C., on a charge of driving while impaired.The All Pro is appealing a potential suspension of at least a year stemming from what ESPN reported in May was a positive test for marijuana.
The 23-year-old Gordon served a two-game suspension and was docked four game checks last season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He also failed three marijuana tests in college – twice at Baylor University and once at the University of Utah – before former Browns General Manager Tom Heckert selected him in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft.To read more or comment...
Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown claims a 1964 NFL championship ring listed for sale in an online auction was stolen from him more than 40 years ago.
The ring listed on Lelands.com has received four bids. The highest offer was $33,275. The auction is scheduled to end at 9 p.m. July 25, according to the website.
“It was stolen from me many years ago, in the late 1960s,” Brown, a special adviser for the Browns, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press today. “I’m surprised to hear that it’s publicly for sale because whoever got it should know that I didn’t give it up.’’
The following excerpt from the listing on Lelands.com paints a different picture: “The ring was obtained directly from a Brown immediate family member and sold by Lelands.com in 1998. During that original auction preview, Jim Brown himself inspected the ring and acknowledged its authenticity. … The provenance and chain of title is well-documented: Jim Brown to family member to Lelands to Cleveland Sport Collection auction buyer back to Lelands.com and now to you.”To read more or comment...
Updated 2:20 p.m.
The party continued for Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel as he reportedly returned to Las Vegas this past week. Then speculation and controversy ensued.
The 22nd overall pick in May’s NFL Draft, Manziel sparked debate from coast to coast six weeks ago by vacationing in Vegas just before Memorial Day. He posed for poolside photographs with New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and bikini-clad women. He was caught on video spraying champagne into a crowd of dancers at a nightclub.
His partying has been documented every week since.
Manziel, 21, partied at XS nightclub at Encore during Fourth of July weekend, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Sunday night. According to a story published this morning on TMZ.com, Manziel tended bar at an Austin, Texas, nightclub before making his most recent trip to Vegas.To read more or comment...
Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon has established himself as one of the best players in the NFL when he’s on the field. Unfortunately, he cannot stay out of trouble off it.
Whether those off-field issues persist and cost him his career remains to be seen.
Gordon had another setback when he was arrested shortly before 3 a.m. today in Raleigh, N.C., charged with driving while impaired and cited for traveling 50 mph in a 35 mph zone, Raleigh Police Department director of public affairs Jim Sughrue said this afternoon.
A person charged with DWI in North Carolina is deemed “under the influence of an impairing substance” such as alcohol or a drug. Chemical analysis is used.To read more or comment...
There is still no resolution to the saga starring Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon, but apparently there is progress.
Gordon, the Browns and their fans have been playing an exhausting waiting game since ESPN reported on May 9 that the Pro Bowler tested positive for marijuana and faces a potential season-long ban.
Well, Gordon’s appeal hearing has finally been scheduled, ProFootballTalk.com reported today. It’s set for late July, according to the report.To read more or comment...
Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is listed 16th and Browns offensive left tackle Joe Thomas is listed 18th on NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2014.
The standouts ranked Nos. 11-20 were revealed tonight. Players vote to form the list.
The Browns have three players on the list. Cornerback Joe Haden’s place at No. 39 was revealed last month.
Gordon, Thomas and Haden made the Pro Bowl last season. It was Thomas’ seventh Pro Bowl selection in seven seasons, and the first appearance for Gordon and Haden in the NFL’s annual all-star game.To read more or comment...
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Browns Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron will no longer be pigeonholed based on his Twitter bio because he made a notable change to it today.
The short bio reads, "Pro Bowl pass catcher for the Browns." It used to read, "Pro Bowl TE for the Browns."
Cameron’s edit is a reaction to arbitrator Stephen Burbank’s ruling today that New Orleans Saints Pro Bowler Jimmy Graham is a tight end and not a wide receiver for franchise-tag purposes. The cost to franchise a tight end is $7 million compared to $12.3 million for a wide receiver, so there’s a difference of $5.3 million between the two positions.To read more or comment...
Is Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel really tired of the attention and hype that he complained about Friday during the NFL Rookie Symposium?
Or does he crave it?
Either way, he certainly fuels it.
This morning, Manziel retweeted two photographs of him posing with pop star Justin Bieber, boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, singer and actor Tyrese Gibson and rapper Tyga.To read more or comment...