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Browns news roundup

By dan Published: March 31, 2009

Haven't done this in a while. Here's a quick look around the Web at some Browns news.
Carlos Holmes of the Dayton Daily News always has an interesting take on the Browns. I suppose you'd have to with a nickname like "Big C." Anyway, he says the Browns are hot after Central Florida cornerback Joe Burnett.
No Browns preseason games will be televised nationally. The eyes and minds of the national conscience is safe again, for now.
Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository breaks down the Browns' defense and where the team might look in the draft.
Should the Browns trade Braylon Edwards? Bucky Brooks of Sports Illustrated doesn't seem to think so.
This is good. Maurice Clarett, blogging live from jail, offers some advice for Donte Stallworth. If you keep real quiet, you might hear my head blowing straight off my shoulders.
The Browns might have an eye on Richmond linebacker/defensive end Lawrence Sidbury.

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Preseason schedule announced

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 30, 2009

The Browns will take on the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears in the preseason for the sixth consecutive year.

The NFL released its 2009 preseason schedule Monday, although specific dates were not given.

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Wilson thankful to be home

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 26, 2009

He may be 25 years old and toiling in anonymity on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, but former Browns receiver Travis Wilson is thankful to be home. In a car accident three weeks ago, his younger brother Corey suffered life-threatening injuries that left him with virtually no movement below his waist.

Corey Wilson, 20, was coming home from college at Oklahoma when his SUV rolled over twice and he was ejected from the vehicle.

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'Next week' on Stallworth

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 26, 2009

An announcement on possible charges against Browns receiver Donte Stallworth stemming from a fatal car accident is not expected until next week, a Miami Beach police department spokesperson said.

Detective Jenny Velazquez said Thursday she had spoken to the lead detective on the case and was told to expect developments next week.

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McDonald's play rewarded

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 24, 2009

Browns second-year cornerback Brandon McDonald received the fifth-highest performance bonus from a league fund last season, according to figures released by the NFL Tuesday.

McDonald received $329,803 from the league's performance-based pay system, which compares playing time with regular-season salary (including bonuses). While McDonald had a rocky season, victimized on several touchdown passes, he started 15 games. His benching Nov. 17 at Buffalo, which seemed like a motivational ploy by then-coach Romeo Crennel, lasted only one play.

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Patten signing announced

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 23, 2009

Wide receiver David Patten signed with the Browns Monday, rejoining the team he played for in 2000.

After his first stint with the Browns, Patten headed to New England, where he won three Super Bowls in four years. Patten, 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, spent the last two years with the New Orleans Saints. He's also played for the New York Giants and Washington Redskins. For his career, Patten has seen action in 147 regular-season games, starting 73, and caught 324 passes for 4,175 yards and four TDs.

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Report: Rogers a no-show

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 19, 2009

Shaun Rogers has not participated in the Browns' off-season workout program this week, which likely indicates the Pro Bowl nose tackle has not patched up his differences with new coach Eric Mangini, ESPN.com reported.

The workouts are considered voluntary, but Mangini planned to use Monday's start of the sessions to address the team for the first time.

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McCreight lands in Arizona

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 19, 2009

Former Browns director of player personnel T.J. McCreight has been hired by the Arizona Cardinals as director of pro personnel.

McCreight was let go by the Browns in January after spending four seasons in Cleveland, two as assistant director of player personnel. He worked for the Baltimore Ravens from 1997-2004.

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PFT: Browns sign cornerback Ivy

By dan Published: March 18, 2009

According to one of Pro Football Talk's league sources, the Browns have signed Ravens cornerback Corey Ivy to a one-year deal.
Ivy would be the second cornerback the team has signed following the signing of Hank Poteat.
A nine-year veteran, the Browns will be Ivy's fifth team.

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Ivy signed

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 18, 2009

The Browns announced the signing of Baltimore Ravens free agent cornerback Corey Ivy Thursday. Profootballtalk.com reported Wednesday that Ivy agreed to terms of a one-year deal.

An eight-year veteran who has spent much of his career as a nickel back, Ivy played for the Ravens for the past three seasons. He has also been with the St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, winning the Super Bowl in 2002. Over the past seven seasons, Ivy has played in 110 regular-season games with 21 starts, 13 of those with the Ravens in 2007.

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Herron signed

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 18, 2009

The Browns replaced one Northwestern running back with another, signing free agent Noah Herron Wednesday after losing Jason Wright to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday.

Herron, 26, 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds, has played for Pittsburgh (2005), Green Bay (2005-07) and Tampa Bay (2008). In 23 career games, he's rushed 85 times for 273 yards and three touchdowns and caught 29 passes for 211 yards and two TDs. He spent 2007 on injured reserve with a knee injury and was inactive for the four games he spent on the Bucs' roster in 2008.

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Browns' Stallworth makes first public comments

By dan Published: March 18, 2009

The Browns put out this statement from wide receiver Donte Stallworth:

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Saints sign Dinkins

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 18, 2009

Browns free agent tight end Darnell Dinkins has agreed to terms of a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, the Times-Picayune reported Wednesday.

Dinkins, 32, a seven-year veteran, was primarily a blocker and special teams player during his three seasons in Cleveland.

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Browns sign St. Clair

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 17, 2009

Chicago Bears free agent offensive tackle John St. Clair signed a three-year, $9.1 million contract with the Browns Tuesday.

A nine-year veteran, St. Clair has spent the past four seasons with the Bears. Chicago reportedly offered him a three-year, $4.5 million deal.

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Jets retain Elam

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 17, 2009

The Jets matched the Browns' offer sheet for restricted free agent safety Abram Elam, the Jets announced on their web site Tuesday.

Elam, a Kent State product, would have been a candidate to replace strong safety Sean Jones, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Elam would have been the fifth former Jet to join coach Eric Mangini in Cleveland.

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Wright signs with Arizona

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 16, 2009

Browns backup running back Jason Wright signed a two-year contract with Arizona, the Cardinals announced Monday.

Wright, a four-year veteran, was a third-down back and a key special teams player. Last season he rushed 85 times for 156 yards and a TD.

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St. Clair visiting Cleveland

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 16, 2009

Chicago Bears free agent offensive lineman John St. Clair is visiting the Browns Monday, his agent Ben Dogra confirmed.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bears offered nine-year veteran St. Clair a three-year, $4.5 million contract two weeks before free agency began and Dogra responded with a counter-offer.

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A quick note about this blog

By dan Published: March 13, 2009

Each month for the past three months, the traffic for this blog has doubled. That is something Luke and I can hang our hats on and something we're forever grateful.
However, the increased exposure has apparently led to some misconception. Twice in the past couple of weeks, we have been referred to as Akron Beacon Journal Browns reporters. While that would be pretty neat, please know that's not the case.
What Luke and I are is fans. We're one of you.
Do we have some connections? Yes. But a majority of the time, we're commenting on rumor and opining on the news. That is the case here. We're provoking thought, not passing fact. We're being bloggers.
While we may be a little more connected than most guys sitting behind a computer, the official Browns writer for the Beacon Journal is Marla Ridenour. She does good stuff here.
As always, find more about Luke here and me here.

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Shaffer released; Bowens signed

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 12, 2009

Kevin Shaffer became the second Browns veteran released in a span of 24 hours as the team parted ways with the right tackle Thursday.

Receiver Joe Jurevicius had his contract terminated Wednesday by new coach Eric Mangini and general manager George Kokinis.

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Jurevicius released

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 11, 2009

Joe Jurevicius' dream of playing one more season in his hometown ended Wednesday when the Browns terminated the contract of the 11-year veteran receiver.

Jurevicius, 34, underwent seven surgeries on his right knee in 2008, starting with a routine arthroscopic procedure in January. About 10 days later he contracted a staph infection that he said required five cleanouts. In December, he went to Birmingham, Ala. for No. 7, this time by noted orthopedist James Andrews.

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Mock draft roundup

By dan Published: March 10, 2009

Last month, Luke took a tour of mock drafts around the Web, so I thought I'd do a quick roundup today. Neither Todd McShay or Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN has updated their mock since Luke's post.
The Huddle Report - Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State Comment: Do the Browns need a cornerback after signing Hank Poteat Tuesday night? Also, is pick No. 5 too high for a player who ran so poorly at the NFL Scouting Combine?
Walter Football - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas Comment: A contingent of Browns officials are going to Texas next week to work out Orakpo. There, they'll find out if he can move to 3-4 rush linebacker or if he's strictly a 4-3 defensive end. Some people are beginning to think the latter.
Football Burrito - Rey Maualuga, MLB, Southern California Comment: I love Maualuga, but this is way too high for him to go in the draft. Mostly I included this site because I like to eat burritos.
Sporting News - Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia Comment: Really? Someone got paid to make that prognostication? Really?
Rob Rang, CBS Sports - BJ Raji, DT, Boston College Comment: This is a reasonable choice if he's there and the Browns decide to do something with Shaun Rogers. Otherwise, the Browns have much greater needs.
Chad Reuter, CBS Sports - Orakpo Comment: This is fairly popular, especially when you get to the less-known sites. In round two, Reuter gives the Browns DJ Moore, CB, Vanderbilt and apparently forgot about the Browns' second second rounder. D'oh! Oh, and he screwed up other parts of the second round draft order. Double d'oh!
Draft Countdown - Orakpo Comment: Go figure. In the second, Scott Wright gives us Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut and Jared Cook, TE, South Carolina. As I noted last night, I doubt the Browns take a second-round tight end. I do like Brown, however.
Mocking the Draft - Everette Brown, DE/OLB, Florida State Comment: This is my site, so check it out! Also, I like Brown better than Orakpo for the Browns. In the second round, I gave Cleveland LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh and Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati. They just seemed to fit best while I was putting the mock together.
So, there are several mock drafts. Who would you like the Browns to select with picks 5, 36 and 50? Tell us, and tear up my picks, in the comments!

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Poteat signed

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 9, 2009

Browns coach Eric Mangini corrected one of last season's weaknesses Monday with the signing of veteran cornerback Hank Poteat from the New York Jets.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Browns sign cornerback

By dan Published: March 9, 2009

The Browns signed cornerback Hank Poteat today. He played for the past three seasons for the New York Jets and Browns coach Eric Mangini. Before that he played for New England, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh.
In 13 games last year, Poteat started one, finishing with 41 tackles and two interceptions. The 31-year-old Poteat was drafted in the third round by Pittsburgh in 2000.
Notes...
Cornerback Karl Paymah will visit the Browns on Tuesday. No word yet if that interview will be canceled based on the signing of Poteat.
The Browns (and Bengals) have shown a good bit of interest in South Carolina tight end Jared Cook. He's an athletic pass-catching tight end, but I don't see the Browns taking him.
Linebacker David Bowens should be signed by the Browns soon.

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Paymah to visit Tuesday

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 9, 2009

Denver Broncos free agent cornerback Karl Paymah was on his way to Cleveland after a visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday and will meet with the Browns Tuesday.

Paymah, 6-foot and 195 pounds, was a third-round draft choice in 2005 out of Washington State. His best season in Denver was 2007, when he played in 15 games (starting three) and recorded two interceptions, six pass breakups and 15 tackles. Paymah, who grew up in Los Angeles, is known for his speed and athleticism. At the 2005 NFL Scouting Combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds and had a vertical jump of 41 1/2 inches.

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Browns sign Mosley

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 6, 2009

The Browns announced the signing Friday of former New York Jets defensive lineman C.J. Mosley, who received a two-year, $5 million deal, according to his agent, Harold Lewis.

Lewis said Mosley, a four-year veteran who will play end in the Browns' 3-4, had a tough decision between Cleveland and Jacksonville, but ''it came down to the close relationship he and coach Mangini shared all those years in New York.''

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Jones press conference transcript

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 6, 2009

(Courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles)

On how it feels to be an Eagle:
“It feels great. Philly has great tradition here. The fans demand the team to win and I’m very excited to be here and be a part of this organization. I want to thank [head coach Andy] Reid for giving me the opportunity to come and showcase my talent.”

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Eagles nab Jones

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 6, 2009

Browns free agent strong safety Sean Jones has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles on a one-year contract, the Eagles announced on their web site minutes ago.

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Browns announce Adams signing

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 6, 2009

The Browns announced the re-signing of safety Mike Adams, who agreed to a three-year deal Thursday night.

“Mike Adams possesses the characteristics we believe in and brings versatility to the back end of the defense,” general manager George Kokinis said in a statement. “We are pleased he is coming back to Cleveland.”

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Jones visiting Eagles; Adams re-signed

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 5, 2009

Browns free agent strong safety Sean Jones will visit Philadelphia Friday, the Eagles announced on their web site. He will be made available to the media at 3:30 p.m.

A second-round pick in 2004, Jones has played in 60 games with 44 starts and has totalled 286 tackles and three forced fumbles. According to the Eagles' site, Jones' 14 interceptions over the past three seasons rank third in the league in that time frame behind the Baltimore Ravens' Ed Reed and the St. Louis Rams' O.J. Atogwe. Jones recorded an interception of DeSean Jackson in the Wildcat formation when the Browns visited the Eagles in December.

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Browns to work out Texas defensive end Orakpo

By dan Published: March 5, 2009

Members of the Browns will travel to Austin, Tex. on March 16 to work out defensive end Brian Orakpo.
As far as we can tell, this is the first prospect the Browns will observe outside of the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine. Southern California linebacker Clay Matthews III said he will come to Cleveland for a work out, but didn't specify when.
Orakpo is an intriguing player for the Browns. He had a good senior season with 11.5 sacks and 40 tackles, but was inconsistent the rest of his career.

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Royal signing official

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 5, 2009

The Browns broke the ice in free agency Thursday, signing tight end Robert Royal to a four-year contract.

Royal has started 65 of 82 career games over seven seasons for the Washington Redskins (2002-05) and Buffalo Bills (2006-08). His receptions and yardage totals have increased each of the last four seasons, culminating with 33 catches for 351 yards in 2008.

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Jetting in Wednesday

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 3, 2009

Two of Browns coach Eric Mangini's defenders from the New York Jets are next on the list of free agent visitors.

Linebacker David Bowens and defensive lineman C.J. Mosley will arrive in Cleveland Wednesday and visit with the Browns through Thursday, their agent Harold Lewis said.

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Matthews' journey to NFL almost complete

By dan Published: March 3, 2009


For Southern California linebacker Clay Matthews III, the path to the NFL Draft has been a unique one.
Barely recruited in high school, Matthews walked on at USC, a team typically packed with blue-chip recruits. That's where his father, Clay Matthews Jr., and his uncle, Bruce, were All-America selections.
At USC, Matthews caught the attention of coaches with strong play on special teams. He earned the school's Special Teams Player of the Year award three consecutive years, beginning in 2006.
"For me, it's been a career of ups and downs, but I wouldn't change anything," Matthews said in a phone interview from Orange County, Calif. "I've had to fight for everything I've earned and it makes me play with a chip on my shoulder and realize what I need to become."
What Matthews has become is a possible first-round pick in April's NFL Draft. He has gone from a 166-pound walk-on to a possible first-round pick. Currently, he is ranked 20th among overall prospects by ESPN's Scouts Inc.
In 2008, his only full season as a starter, Matthews played the "elephant" position. The elephant is a hybrid defensive end/linebacker position that allowed Matthews to stand up at the line of scrimmage and rush the passer while still relying on his linebacker instincts against the run.
Transitioning from the elephant to 3-4 rush linebacker is an intriguing option for Matthews.
"If I was fortunate enough to play in a 3-4 system, I think I'd be an outstanding outside rush linebacker just because of my work ethic, my motor and I have a knack for rushing the passer," he said. "I think it's something I can excel in and I look forward to playing in a system like that."
Playing the elephant, Matthews turned in a 56-tackle, nine-sack senior season. That was good enough to get him an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine held in late February. Matthews impressed at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, second only to Aaron Curry of Wake Forest among outside linebackers in the 40-yard dash.
His times -- unofficially 4.59 and 4.63 seconds -- were also better than Trojan linebackers Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing and Kaluka Maiava. Still, unless agent David Dunn advises him not to, Matthews intends to run again at USC's pro workout day on April 1.
"Despite doing well in Indianapolis, I still need to compete and show why I'm the premier linebacker and why I'll fit with certain teams. It's just the nature of competing -- it's what I was brought up to believe in and what Coach (Pete) Carroll has taught me. "
Matthews also learned plenty from his father. The elder Matthews made his name in Cleveland as a hard-working four-time Pro Bowler, playing in a franchise-record 232 games over 16 seasons.
What the father hasn't taught the son much about is the possibility of playing in for the Browns. At least not yet.
"We haven't really gone into too much depth about him playing in Cleveland," Matthews said. "Obviously he has some great memories of playing out there, but I remember very little of it being a kid. I know he'll always be in debt to the city and it will always hold a special place in his heart, as it does my whole family. "
The Browns didn't schedule a formal meeting at the combine with Matthews, but he said the team plans on flying him to Cleveland for a workout. Matthews said it's a trip he's looking forward to making.
"It's something that, if I'm fortunate enough to play in Cleveland, I would love to and just be able to follow in my dad's footsteps."

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Report: Greer to visit today

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 3, 2009

Buffalo Bills free agent cornerback Jabari Greer will visit the Browns today and head to New Orleans tonight, according to a report by the National Football Post.

A five-year veteran, Greer reportedly spent the weekend in Detroit and Monday in Tampa.

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A visitor, finally

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 2, 2009

Tennessee Titans free agent cornerback/kick returner Chris Carr was scheduled to arrive in Cleveland Monday night after visiting the Detroit Lions.

A four-year veteran, Carr could provide help in the Browns secondary and take some of the load off Pro Bowl special teamer Joshua Cribbs. New coach Eric Mangini said at the combine that Cribbs could see some action next season on defense.

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Broncos sign Davis

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 2, 2009

Browns free agent linebacker Andra Davis, a two-time co-captain, signed with the Denver Broncos Monday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

He is expected to start at inside linebacker next to D.J. Williams in the Broncos' new 3-4 scheme. Davis reportedly came to terms with Denver Saturday.

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Two on Browns' radar sign elsewhere

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 1, 2009

The Broncos' spree of free agency signings snatched up Miami Dolphins cornerback Andre' Goodman, who planned to visit the Browns if a deal with Denver could not be worked out. According to NFL.com, Goodman agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract with the Broncos Sunday night.

The Browns lacked the presence of a veteran cornerback last season after Leigh Bodden was traded to Detroit and free agent Terry Cousin failed to live up to expectations. Cousin was let go last month. The Browns' 2008 starters, Brandon McDonald and Eric Wright, were both in their second seasons.

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