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Laveranues Coles coming to Cleveland?

By dan Published: February 26, 2009
New York Jets Laveranues Coles runs off the field after scoring the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, October 26, 2008, at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (David L. Pokress/Newsday/MCT)

That is the hot rumor right now, which was started after Coles asked for an received his release from the New York Jets on Wednesday.
Tony Grossi of the Plain Dealer ponders the Coles to Cleveland question here.
The logical landing place for the nine-year veteran is Miami, where he would be reunited with close friend and Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington. The Dolphins need a receiver, so that is a possibility.
Cleveland is an option because Coles and new Browns coach Eric Mangini bonded when Coles' contract demands were not met by the team.
Last season, Coles had 70 receptions for 850 yards and seven touchdowns. By comparison, Browns leading receiver Braylon Edwards had 55 receptions for 873 yards last season and Kellen Winslow had 43. Of note, 43 of Coles' receptions were for first downs, so he could be a dependable second receiver.
The problem is that Coles is 31 and wanted a long-term deal before last season. He won't be cheap and the Browns are already paying a lot of money to Donte Stallworth. The team also has bigger needs at other positions.
Free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday.
Notes... Vic Carucci of broke down the AFC noting team needs and top free agents. Here's what he said about the Browns' needs:

What needs fixing: A replacement for aging RB Jamal Lewis is needed. Cornerback, defensive end and outside linebacker must be addressed.

Sounds about right. Steve Wyche took a look at the NFC.


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