The Browns announced today the signing of linebacker Bo Ruud. He was cut earlier in the week by New England. The Patriots selected Ruud 197th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, but he spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Ruud started 33 games in college at Nebraska. There, he totaled 216 tackles, 25 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks.
Running back Allen Patrick was released by the team. He spent most of last season on the Cleveland's practice squad.
Drew Bennett, an eight-year veteran receiver, will work out for the Browns Wednesday, according to a source.
Bennett, 30, was released by the St. Louis Rams in February. He caught just one pass in 2008 before breaking his leg on the first series of the season opener. He had been signed to a six-year, $30 million contract in 2007 after playing six seasons with the Tennessee Titans.To read more or comment...
Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell is among the undrafted free agents who will participate in the Browns rookie minicamp this weekend, according to a report by the Dallas Morning News.
Harrell, 6-2 and 219 pounds, does not have a contract, according to the Dallas Morning News. He is considered a developmental prospect by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr., especially since Texas Tech quarterbacks have not fared well in the pros.To read more or comment...
The Browns added the following in the draft: Round 1 - Alex Mack, center, California Round 2 - Brian Robiskie, wide receiver, Ohio State Round 2 - Mohamed Massaquoi, wide receiver, Georgia Round 2 - David Veikune, defensive end, Hawaii Round 4 - Kaluka Maiava, outside linebacker, Southern California Round 6 - Don Carey, cornerback, Norfolk State Round 6 - Coye Francies, cornerback, San Jose State Roudn 6 - James Davis, running back, Clemson
In a trade with the Jets, the Browns added: defensive end Kenyon Coleman, safety Abram Elam and quarterback Brett Ratliff.
That all means grades a starting to roll in, prematurely or not. Here's a quick look at some of the more notable grades:
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports - C Mel Kiper, ESPN - B- Larry Weisman, USA Today - B John Czarnecki, FOX Sports - C RotoWorld / MSNBC - A- ESPN Fan Nation - B-
So, now we turn it to the fans:
These are just trickling in, so make sure to check back a few times today in case we add more.
- Corey Boudreaux, S/CB, San Diego State - Brent Casteel, WR, Utah - Marlon Davis, G, Alabama - Graham Harrell, QB, Texas Tech - Chris Lynch, P, Albany - Jordan Norwood, WR, Penn State - Jason Venson, S, Central Florida - Bryan Williams, S, Akron
With their first of three sixth-round picks (177th overall) the Browns selected Don Carey, a corner back at Norfolk State.
At 5-11, 194 pounds, Carey is a relatively unknown small-college athlete who played both safety and corner as a senior while also playing on various special teams.To read more or comment...
The Miami Dolphins passing attack took on a definite Buckeye flavor when GlenOak and Ohio State product Brian Hartline was selected with the eighth pick in the fourth round (108th overall) Sunday.
Hartline, a junior, will be reunited with ex-OSU teammate Ted Ginn Jr., a first-round pick in 2007.To read more or comment...
The Browns started Day Two of the 2099 Draft by selecting outside linebacker Kaluka Maiava from USC with the fourth pick in the fourth-round (104 overall).
Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. rated Maiava as the fifth-best outside linebacker available, despite being overshadowed a USC with the stud trio of Rey Maualuga, Brain Cushing and Clay Matthews Jr. playing ahead of him. Maiava has been called fast, athletic and smart, but at 6-foot, 228-pounds he's obviously a bit undersized .To read more or comment...
Giants general manager Jerry Reese was a little coy when asked by ESPN if the Giants were out of the Braylon Edwards trade talks.
"We're leaving all our options open," Reese said a few times. There was no definitive no. There was no "we like the guys we've got" line.
But, I still don't expect Edwards to be traded anytime soon, especially to New York who took two wide receivers. Who knows, though?
When the Browns traded picks in the draft, from five to 19 to 21, good things seemed possible. Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga was still there.
The Browns did not take him and that's a mistake. He's a guy who could have been an anchor of Cleveland's defense.
California center Alex Mack is a very good player. But a middle linebacker next to D'Qwell Jackson was there and the team decided to avoid him.
Despite being on the clock for the third time in the first round, Browns fans were still left hanging, as Cleveland traded down two more spots to 21 - this time making a deal Philadelphia.
The Eagles wanted to move up to take wide receiver Jeremy Maclin from Missouri, no word yet on what the Browns got in return.To read more or comment...
With the 17th pick (acquired from the New York Jets) the Browns continued the trend of trading down, going back two more spots to Tampa Bay's slot at 19. The Bucs wanted the 17th spot to grab quarterback Josh Freeman from K State, swapping Cleveland for their sixth-round pick (191st) in return for the favor.¶To read more or comment...
With their first selection in the 2009 Draft, the new Browns regime of Eric Mangini and George Kokinis traded the fifth overall pick to Mangini's former team so that the New York Jets could move up from No. 17 and snatch USC quarterback Mark Sanchez.
In return, the Browns move down to the No. 17th pick, get the Jets second-round pick - 52nd overall - along with players Kenyon Coleman (DE), Brett Ratliff (QB) and DB Abram Elam. Elam is a former standout at Kent State.To read more or comment...
1. Get USC linebacker Rey Maualuga.
This will require trading down, although I feel so strongly about the impact Maualuga would make on the Browns defense that I would take him at No. 5. Cleveland's defense lacks an identity and the hard-hitting, intimidating Maualuga is the presence it needs. I find it hard to believe that he wouldn't play on third down. Perhaps on many elite teams, but not a Browns unit devoid of stars. Maualuga is a game-changer, and even nose tackle Shaun Rogers couldn't do that during his 2008 Pro Bowl season. Granted, the only full game I saw Maualuga play last year was against Ohio State, but his interception changed the entire course of that evening.To read more or comment...
Connecticut running back is someone the Browns have reportedly shown some interest in. The team interviewed him at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and was in attendance at his pro workout day. Here is a quick story I wrote about Brown:
No player could compare to Donald Brown in 2008, at least as far as rushing the ball goes.
The Connecticut running back had 2,083 yards on the ground, 233 more than Shonn Greene who was second nationally.
Brown was the Huskies' offense. Brown ran left. Brown ran right. Brown ran straight up the middle. He was even a factor in the passing game, catching 21 balls.
All told, he finished 2008 with an incredible 388 touches. However, Brown said he wasn't wore down by season's end.
"Coach (Randy) Edsall did a great job handling us," Brown said via phone from his native New Jersey. "We prepared for it to be like this. I was ready for a big load at the beginning of the season. It really helped that the offensive line did a great job."
Brown capped his junior season with a career-high 261 yards against Buffalo in the International Bowl. Following the game, an emotional Brown declared for the NFL Draft.
While the decision may have been a tough one for Brown, it was one he knew he was ready to make.
"(I knew I could make it to the NFL) when I got into college and seeing guys I was playing against going into the NFL," Brown said. "It made me think it was something I could do."
Growing up in Atlantic Highland, N.J. as a fan of the New York Giants, Brown idolized Tiki Barber. On the field, Brown is just as slippery and quick as Barber, but what could make him even better is a devastating stiff arm.
The stiff arm Brown regularly put on display at Connecticut is one he developed in high school. The exercise science major has strength much greater than his 5-foot-10, 210-pound frame would suggest.
"In high school is where I got real dedicated to the weight room," Brown said. "It was all about making myself the best possible player I could be."
What Brown is likely to be this weekend is no worse than a second-round pick. For the man who values family as much as football, it will be the realization of a childhood dream.
"To see where I am right now, it's been great," Brown said. "I've surrounded myself with great people and my family has been a great help every step of the way."
On Wednesday, the talk was that the Giants have called off the Braylon Edwards trade because the Browns wanted too much in return. If that's really the case, why are the Browns holding a last-minute workout with Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey tomorrow morning?To read more or comment...
ESPN.com and the New York Daily News report that trade talks between the New York Giants and the Browns over receiver Braylon Edwards are virtually dead.
The Daily News said Giants general manager Jerry Reese told the Browns he won't surrender their first-round pick (No. 29 overall) for Edwards, and the Browns do not seem to want to budge off that stance.To read more or comment...
In the latest roundup, Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo is still the favorite choice in mock drafts. However, some surprising names are starting to show up.
Scouts Inc. (McShay) B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College Last update: April 21 No. 1 pick: Matthew Stafford
NFLDraftScout.com (Rang) Mark Sanchez, QB, Southern California Last update: April 20 No. 1 pick: Matthew Stafford
NFL.com (Kirwan) Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas Last update: April 19 No. 1 pick: Matthew Stafford
CBSsports.com (Prisco) Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas Last update: April 18 No. 1 pick: Matthew Stafford
NFL.com (Wyche) Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas Last update: April 17 No. 1 pick: Matthew Stafford
CBSsports.com (Judge) Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia Last update: April 17 No. 1 pick: Matthew Stafford
SI.com (Banks) Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech Last update: April 17 No. 1 pick: Matthew Stafford
National Football Post Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech Last update: April 13 No. 1 pick: Matthew Stafford
A crew from ESPN will be with Ohio State and Garfield High School product Chris ''Beanie'' Wells Saturday to capture his reaction to his selection in the NFL draft.
According to a release from ESPN, Wells will be one of 17 players followed in live remotes. The others include running backs Knowshon Moreno of Georgia, Donald Brown of Connecticut, LeShon McCoy of Pittsburgh and quarterback Mark Sanchez of USC.To read more or comment...
USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, rumored to have drawn serious interest from the Browns, hasn't talked with Cleveland coach Eric Mangini since the combine, Sanchez said in an NFL conference call Wednesday.
''I met coach Mangini at the combine and since then I haven't had much contact with them,'' Sanchez said.To read more or comment...
Giants receiver Steve Smith and defensive end Justin Tuck are supporting a possible trade this week that would bring Browns receiver Braylon Edwards to New York, they told the New York Daily News Tuesday.
The Giants need a No. 1 receiver after the April 3 release of Plaxico Burress, embroiled in off-the-field problems. Browns GM George Kokinis acknowledged he spoke with Giants GM Jerry Reese in broad terms about a possible deal at the NFL combine in late February. Rumors resurfaced after Burress was let go.To read more or comment...
Eric Mangini will take advantage of the NFL rule permitting new coaches to hold two additional voluntary minicamps, as the league announced all 32 teams' off-seasons schedules Tuesday.
In addition to the mandatory minicamp for rookies and veterans on June 11-13, the Browns will hold a May 1-3 session for rookies and voluntary minicamps on May 19-21 and May 26-28. Off-season training activities are scheduled for June 1-2, June 4, and June 8-9.To read more or comment...
With the 2009 NFL Draft just days away, we wanted to find out who the fans would like to see in orange and brown. Offensive tackles Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe as well as quarterback Matt Stafford and linebacker Aaron Curry were not included in this poll because in all likelihood they'll be gone by the time the Browns pick.
If you click the player's name, it will take you to a highlight video from draft site Draft Party.
- Everette Brown, defensive end, Florida State, 6'1 1/2, 256 pounds In three seasons, Brown had 100 tackles, 46.5 tackles for a loss and 23 sacks. Was a first-team all-conference player in 2008 and runner-up for ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year after finishing third nationally with 13.5 sacks.
- Michael Crabtree, wide receiver, Texas Tech, 6'1 3/8, 215 pounds Playing just two seasons in college, Crabtree had 227 receptions for 3,097 yards and 40 touchdowns. Was the first two-time winner of the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best wide receiver. Named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2007. - Rey Maualuga, middle linebacker, Southern California, 6'1 3/4, 249 pounds In four seasons at USC, Maualuga had 273 tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, nine sacks, 12 pass breakups and five interceptions. He won the 2008 Bednarik Award, given to the top defensive player in college football. Was the 2008 Rose Bowl defensive MVP after recording three sacks in the game.
- Brian Orakpo, defensive end, Texas, 6'3, 256 pounds Playing four seasons for Texas, Orakpo finished his collegiate career with 132 tackles, 38 tackles for a loss and 22 sacks. He won the Nagurski Trophy (nation's top defensive player), Lombardi Award (nation's top lineman) and Hendricks Award (nation's top defensive end) and was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
- Mark Sanchez, quarterback, Southern California, 6'2 1/8, 227 pounds Sanchez threw for 3,965 yards while completing 64.3 percent of his passes, good for 41 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in three years (one as a starter). Named the 2009 Rose Bowl offensive MVP after throwing for 413 yards.
Those are the probable possibilities for the Browns at the fifth spot in the draft. Who would you like the team to take?
Appearing on the Jim Rome radio show Monday, USC quarterback Mark Sanchez addressed the latest draft report concerning the Browns. WOIO Channel 19 said the Browns would select either Sanchez or Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree with the fifth overall pick Saturday.
''If it's the Browns, great, I'll be out there in the next couple days for minicamp,'' Sanchez said of the days after the draft. ''They've showed some interest, just like the other teams. It's all a poker game and they don't want to be too nice and don't want to tell you too much.To read more or comment...
AP: The Cleveland Browns will kick off the 2009 regular season at home Sept. 13 against the Minnesota Vikings.
It's the 11th consecutive season that the Browns will have opened their schedule at home.
The Browns will appear in prime time twice: A Monday night game at home Nov. 16 against the Baltimore Ravens, and a Thursday night game at home Dec. 10 against AFC North rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cleveland finished 4-12 last season. Coach Romeo Crennel was fired and replaced by former New York Jets coach Eric Mangini.
Quick thoughts from Akron Beacon Journal columnist Patrick McManamon
• Sun, Sept. 13 - vs. Minnesota Vikings - FOX - 1 p.m.
• Sun, Sept. 20 - at Denver Broncos - CBS - 4:15 p.m.
• Sun, Sept. 27 - at Baltimore Ravens - CBS - 1 p.m.
• Sun, Oct. 4 - vs. Cincinnati Bengals - CBS - 1 p.m.
• Sun, Oct. 11 - at Buffalo Bills - CBS - 1 p.m.
• Sun, Oct. 18 - at Pittsburgh Steelers - CBS - 1 p.m.
• Sun, Oct. 25 - vs. Green Bay Packers - FOX - 1 p.m.
• Sun, Nov. 1 - at Chicago Bears - CBS - 1 p.m.
• Mon, Nov. 16 - vs. Baltimore Ravens - ESPN - 8:30 p.m.
• Sun, Nov. 22 - at Detroit Lions - CBS - 1 p.m.
• Sun, Nov. 29 - at Cincinnati Bengals - CBS - 1 p.m.
• Sun, Dec. 6 - vs. San Diego Chargers - CBS - 4:05 p.m.
• Thu, Dec. 10 - vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - NFLN - 8:20 p.m.
• Sun, Dec. 20 - at Kansas City Chiefs - CBS - 1 p.m.
• Sun, Dec. 27 - vs. Oakland Raiders - CBS - 1 p.m.
• Sun, Jan. 3 - vs. Jacksonville Jaguars - CBS - 1 p.m.
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports is reporting, based on two sources, in an effort to land Braylon Edwards the Giants will improve what they're offering the Browns.
The Browns reportedly asked for New York's second- and fifth-round picks and young wide receiver Steve Smith. The Giants countered with two picks and either Domenik Hixon or Mario Manningham.
As you may or may not know, former Browns head of personnel Mike Lombardi now helps run National Football Post. It's slowly gained a reputation of having credible, accurate news and rumors.
One of the latest from Lombardi's Sunday notes column is that the Browns have been offered a first-round draft pick for quarterback Brady Quinn but the team is holding out for more.
So now we turn this to you, the fans. Would a first-round pick be adequate compensation for Quinn, the No. 22 pick in the 2007 draft?
Vote in the poll and/or tell us in the comments.
The Browns have also, according to Lombardi, been offered a first rounder for Braylon Edwards. The team will also bring in Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree in for a visit today, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com.
For better or worse, the Browns have seemed the most interested in Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo. They interviewed him at the Combine and attended a private workout. Orakpo will be in Berea next week for another interview.
So, who is Brian Orakpo?
Watch this video, and learn more:
The entire 2009 NFL schedule of 256 regular-season games will be released Tuesday at 7 p.m. on NFL.com and the NFL Network, the league announced today.
The NFL Network will analyze the news in a two-hour prime-time broadcast hosted by Rich Eisen. Also in studio will be analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Brian Billick, Jamie Dukes, Solomon Wilcots, and former Bucs general manager Bruce Allen, along with special guests. Reporters will also be spread across the country in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Denver.To read more or comment...
Former Browns general manager Phil Savage will serve as color commentator for the University of Alabama spring game on April 18, he told the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register.
A Mobile native, Savage got his first job in football as a graduate assistant at Alabama under coach Bill Curry in 1987. At least for a day, Savage takes over for former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler, who sat out last season and might be replaced.To read more or comment...
If you're a former failed NFL general manager who started as a renowned talent evaluator, odds are you'll find a scouting job fairly quickly after losing your job.
That's true, unless your former Browns GM Phil Savage.
The f-bomb dropping Savage will be the radio color analyst for the University of Alabama's spring game.
See, this isn't so bad.
As more word continues to trickle in on who the Browns might be targeting, we'll continue to update the team's player interest list. Make sure to check it out. There will probably be more names surfacing next week as the Browns are holding several visits Monday and Tuesday.
Check out the list.
Ohio State running back Chris ''Beanie'' Wells will visit the Browns next week. Cleveland, which holds the fifth overall pick in the April 25-26 draft, is one of eight teams the junior from Garfield High School is scheduled to meet with.
Also on Wells' calendar are the Baltimore Ravens (who select No. 26), Cincinnati Bengals (No. 6), Denver Broncos (Nos. 12, 18), Arizona Cardinals (No. 31), San Diego Chargers (No. 16), New York Jets (No. 17) and Seattle Seahawks (No. 4).To read more or comment...
It seems that the buzz is again growing about the Browns possibly moving Braylon Edwards to the New York Giants for draft picks.
Initially everyone heard the trade the Browns wanted was New York's second- and fifth-round picks and young wide receiver Steve Smith. The Giants countered with the first, third and either Domenik Hixon or Mario Manningham. As the story goes, the Browns rebuffed that deal.
Now there is some word out that the Browns wanted New York's first- and third-round selections. And why not? Dallas trade a first, third and sixth for Detroit's Roy Williams and a seventh-round pick.
The Giants are seemingly real players in a trade for a wide receiver after releasing self-shooter Plaxico Burress. The team has 10 draft picks and made several key offseason acquisitions so it's unlikely 10 rookies will make the team.
Still, a first and third is probably still too steep for the Giants. So, we ask you, what is a fair price for Braylon Edwards? Not necessarily what you would take for Edwards, but what you think the Browns will take.
Update: The Newark Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo is shooting down the latest rumor. Still, I wouldn't be surprised to see something happen.
To read more or comment...
Who they've got: Steve Heiden (23 catches, 249 yards, three touchdowns), Jamal Lewis (23 catches, 178 yards), Syndric Steptoe (19 catches, 182 yards), Jerome Harrison (12 catches, 116 yards, one touchdown), Lawrence Vickers (10 catches, 78 yards), Charles Ali (four catches, 13 yards), Josh Cribbs (two catches, 18 yards), Martin Rucker (two catches, 17 yards), Steve Sanders (one catch, 18 yards).
Who they've lost: Kellen Winslow (43 catches, 428 yards, three touchdowns) was traded to Tampa Bay. Jason Wright (22 catches, 156 yards, one touchdown) was not re-signed. Darnell Dinkins (five catches, 41 yards, one touchdown) was not re-signed. Joe Jurevicius was released.
Who they've added: Robert Royal (33 catches, 351 yards, one touchdown), David Patten (11 catches, 162 yards, one touchdown)
Who they could lose: Braylon Edwards (55 catches, 873 yards, three touchdowns) has been rumored to be traded to the Giants. Donte' Stallworth (17 catches, 170 yards, one touchdown) might get suspended due to legal troubles. Thoughts: Edwards is still with the team (for now). Rumors have him being traded to the Giants. Patten hasn't played 16 games four out of the last six seasons. Cribbs continues to be an enigma as a receiver. Harrison was underutilized last season. Sanders' best asset continues to having a shared name with a Beverly Hills 90210 character.
What they should do: Stick with Edwards and hope he has a great contract-grab season. Still draft a wide receiver with the team's fourth-round pick, regardless of whether he is here or not.
If Edwards is traded, like many fans want to see, possibly select Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech with the fifth overall pick in the draft. If a receiver isn't drafted early and Edwards is gone, it's hard to believe whomever Cleveland's quarterback is will succeed.
Really, are you confident Steptoe and Cribbs will provide more catching the ball? Or that Harrison will actually be used sufficiently? Or that Stallworth won't spend the season behind bars?
Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers was cited for speeding on the Ohio Turnpike March 30, pulled over at 9:30 a.m. for going 87 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to the Vermilion Municipal Court.
Violations of 20 mph over the speed limit require a court appearance, a court spokesperson said. Rogers has until April 14 to post bond of $225, which will settle the matter.To read more or comment...
Former Browns tight end Kellen Winslow believes quarterback Brady Quinn should get his chance to start this season for Cleveland, Winslow said Thursday on Sirius NFL radio. Winslow was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in late February.
Asked who would be the better quarterback for the Browns in '09, Quinn or Derek Anderson, Winslow said, ''I would say Brady Quinn. I love Derek Anderson. Great quarterback. It just didn’t work out. Brady Quinn is coming in, he has tremendous upside. Very calm, very mature and, I mean, give the guy a chance.To read more or comment...
Former Browns linebacker Willie McGinest, who was expected to retire after the 2008 season, might not be done after all.
In a chat on NFL.com Wednesday night, McGinest said he would consider returning to the New England Patriots, where he spent his first 12 seasons and won three Super Bowls. McGinest, 37, is a free agent who has played 15 years in the NFL.To read more or comment...
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