If you're a Twitter user, you might be interested to know that new Browns Eric Barton and Abraham Elam also use the social networking site.
You can find Barton here. Elam can be found here.
Barton's is a little more active and he interacts with fans. Oddly, he follows the tweets of Kirstie Alley.
Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository has a good story today on Joe Thomas, who is quietly becoming a superstar.
In it, Thomas talks about the Browns running the ball more often in 2009 and adding extra weight to his frame.
But there's a quote in it that really sticks out:
Last Friday news of former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar filing for bankruptcy came out.
It was a sad tale. Kosar's Chapter 11 filing Friday lists assets between $1 million and $10 million and liabilities of between $10 million and $50 million.
That includes owing almost $1.5 million to the Browns, the team he legendarily quarterbacked from 1985 to 1993.
But Kosar's saga is much worse beneath the surface, as described by Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald.
Le Batard was with Kosar as he signed his bankruptcy papers, chronicling the 45-year-old's downfall.
Kosar has a mangled body – a perpetually bent throwing arm, crooked fingers, creaky knees and a bad back. Even his hip needs replaced following the rough life of professional football.
That, however, is only part of Kosar's life. He's in the midst of a divorce from his estranged wife Babette. There are rumors of addiction.
Even worse for Kosar has been every day life following football. He's so used to being just a football player he has seemingly never known how to be a man.
With a guitar as a weapon, he chased after a boy interested in one of his daughters. He uses a saw to cut French bread. He doesn't know how to run a dishwasher or a clothes washer.
"I was 25 and everyone was telling me that I was the smartest; now I'm 45 and realize I'm an idiot," Kosar said. "I'm 45 and immature. I don't like being 45."
Many of Kosar's problems were brought upon by himself, some by others. Regardless, it's a tragic tale of a man will always be a legend in Cleveland sports.
He clearly still has a passion for football. Just listen to the way he calls Browns preseason games or when he calls into local radio stations.
Now, hopefully, he can begin to channel that passion into the rest of his life.
Christopher Lyons, the attorney for Browns receiver Donte' Stallworth, disputed the public consensus that Stallworth's fame and weath allowed him to get off easy after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter.
With his plea bargain Tuesday, Stallworth was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 10 years probation, the first two years under community control, and the loss of driving privileges for life. He will be allowed to work without electronic monitoring during the first two years and can apply for a hardship license after five years.To read more or comment...
Browns receiver Donte' Stallworth was suspended indefinitely without pay by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Thursday, two days after Stallworth pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and began serving a 30-day jail sentence.
According to a statement released by the league, Stallworth's suspension is effective immediately. When he is released from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, perhaps after 24 days, he will be prohibited from visiting the Browns' facility or participating in team activities.To read more or comment...
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth has been indefinitely suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Stallworth's suspension is effective immediately and is without pay.
Stallworth pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter on Tuesday and received a 30-day jail sentence, two years of ''community control'' and eight more years of probation.
"The conduct reflected in your guilty plea resulted in the tragic loss of life and was inexcusable," Goodell wrote in a letter to Stallworth. "While the criminal justice system has determined the legal consequences of this incident, it is my responsbility as NFL Commissioner to determine appropriate league discipline for your actions, which have caused irreparable harm to the victim and his family, your club, your fellow players and the NFL."
According to a report by ESPN, Goodell is expected to meet with Stallworth sometime in the near future.
The Browns signed Stallworth to a seven-year, $35 million contract last year. In his only season with the Browns, Stallworth caught 17 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown.
Stallworth reached a confidential settlement with the family of 59-year-old Mario Reyes, who was struck and killed by Stallworth March 14 in Florida. Stallworth was driving drunk.
"There is no reasonable dispute that your continued eligibility for participation at this time would undermine the integrity of and public confidence in our league," Goodell said.
The Browns were awarded linebacker Blake Costanzo off of waivers from the Bills.
Costanzo came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Jets in 2006 but was waived prior to the season. In 2007, he was Buffalo's practice squad until seeing time on special teams in the final three games of the season.
Last season Constanzo was a reserve for the Bills for all 16 games. He led the team with 26 special teams tackles.
You can see Constanzo singing "Six geese a laying" in the video below. No word yet if he'll audition to sing "Brady, Brady," a remake of the late-80s classic "Bernie, Bernie."
File this one under eye-rolling stupidity (unless, of course, it comes to fruition). This is merely a rumor that is completely unsubstantiated. Why am I sharing it? Mostly to get some thought on if this would be a good move for the Browns. So, here we go:
Mike Florio, the newest edition to NBC Sports and head word slinger at Pro Football Talk, writes about rumblings of troubled Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall being traded to the Browns. Florio, take it away:
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.: Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage will be Alabama's football color analyst.
Crimson Tide Sports Marketing general manager Jim Carabin announced Monday that Savage will replace Ken Stabler in the fall.
Savage was senior vice president and general manager during four seasons with the Browns after nine years with the Baltimore Ravens.
Savage got a dress rehearsal when he handled analyst duties for Alabama's spring game.
The Mobile native spent three seasons as a graduate assistant for the Tide under coach Bill Curry and worked under offensive coordinator Homer Smith in 1988-89.
Stabler did not return to the booth after his arrest on a drunken-driving charge a year ago. He was found not guilty by a Robertsdale judge.
Find more on this from the Tuscaloosa News.
An NFL source said commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to discipline Browns receiver Donte' Stallworth before the start of training camp after he pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter Tuesday.
The Browns report to camp July 31 and hold their first practice on Aug. 1.To read more or comment...
Bryan Williams' dream of playing for his hometown Browns lasted only 45 days.
The defensive back from Buchtel High School and the University of Akron was waived Monday, a day after the conclusion of the Browns' final minicamp. He said general manager George Kokinis didn't offer much insight when he told him the news.
A running back, defensive back and kick returner for the Zips, Williams was signed on May 1.
Browns quarterback Derek Anderson sat out the second of two mandatory minicamp practices Friday with an apparent leg injury. The team would not give details afterward.
Anderson came up limping after scrambling to find an open receiver in the morning session, but was able to finish the practice.To read more or comment...
One of the more intriguing predicaments the Browns face heading into the 2009 season is the right side of the offensive line.
Being tried out at right guard and tackle are Ryan Tucker, George Foster, John St. Clair and Floyd Womack. All have been starters at the NFL level. Here's a look at each:
Tucker (6'6, 315 pounds): In 134 career games, Tucker has started 102. However, he only played in one game last season, a win against the Giants. In 2007, Tucker started eight games at guard. He's been referred to as the heart of the offensive line and the unit seems to run more efficiently when he's healthy.
Foster (6'5, 338 pounds): Foster is the newest Brown, signing with the team last week. He's played tackle for Detroit and Denver. He started just three games for the Lions last year, but played very well at left tackle for the Broncos early in his career. Head coach Eric Mangini told reporters Foster is only working out at tackle.
This is an uncredited AP story I figured some would find interesting from today's mini camp:
BEREA: The Cleveland Browns have a small cluster of players who were happy to show up for new coach Eric Mangini's mandatory minicamp on Thursday even though they're far from pleased with their contracts.
Kicker Phil Dawson, linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and special teamer Josh Cribbs are all seeking new deals.
Jackson, entering the final year of his contract, hasn't let it stop him from practicing, while Cribbs skipped some voluntary workouts last month before eventually reporting.
Dawson's appearance Thursday was his first since the end of the season. He skipped the voluntary workouts last month to protest his contract, which pays him $1 million this season and next. One of the league's most accurate kickers, Dawson wants to be paid like one.
Cincinnati tagged Shayne Graham as its franchise player in February, assuring him a salary of $2.483 million ‚Äî the average salary of the top five kickers in the NFL last year. Dawson will make less than half of that.
He returned to the Browns' rain-soaked practice field on Thursday, but not to talk money.
"I'm not going to get into all of that," Dawson said. "I'm here today and it's good to see my teammates again. There's a time and place for all that, but now is not it."
Dawson heads into the season with a career 82.8 percent field goal percentage, the best mark in franchise history and fourth all-time in the NFL. With Dawson absent from the voluntary workouts, the Browns signed South Dakota State rookie kicker Parker Douglass to a two-year deal. Douglass has impressed at times and flashed a powerful leg, but Mangini was pleased to have Dawson back in camp.
"He looked good in the field goal drill," Mangini said. "It's good to have everybody back. It's good to be operating with a full group."
Jackson will make $640,000 this year after his 154 tackles last season led the NFL. But Jackson participated in the voluntary workouts, saying he needed to be at all the camps to prove his worth to the new coaching staff.
"It's what I produce on the field," Jackson said. "These coaches don't know me from anybody. All they know is some tape. They don't know what kind of person I am. They don't know how I conduct myself. It's my duty as a player to come in and show what I am capable of. Am I worth what I say I am?"
Despite rain that turned heavy at times, Mangini kept Thursday's two-hour morning session outdoors, watched by eight Green Berets who were invited by the coach.
There also were a few players who were only observing.
Running back Jamal Lewis, who has been held out for most of the offseason drills, is still taking it slow following offseason ankle surgery.
Receiver Braylon Edwards, who made the Pro Bowl two seasons ago but slipped in 2008, also spent Thursday's practice on a stationary bike with an undisclosed injury. Both Edwards and Mangini said it wasn't serious, and Mangini added that Edwards is expected to participate fully in the team's training camp in July.
"Coach Mangini is just taking precaution," Edwards said. "I'm just enjoying my time on the side. It's on coach's terms right now."
Looking to add depth to the secondary, the Browns had former Bears safety Mike Brown in for a visit this week. Brown went to the Pro Bowl in 2005 and started 15 games last year before being placed on injured reserve.
"Mike is a guy I have watched for a long time," Mangini said. "With any of these guys we bring in, sometimes we sign them right away, sometimes it's during training camp and sometimes we don't. It's to gather information and to be able to put ourselves in a position to make decisions."
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Browns kicker Phil Dawson attended the team's mandatory minicamp Thursday after missing two prior voluntary minicamps and off-season training activities, apparently because he's unhappy with his contract.
Dawson would not confirm that he's seeking to renegotiate his current deal, which runs through 2010 and reportedly pays him $1 million the next two years. According to ESPN.com, his agent Neil Cornrich approached the Browns last year, but was told by then-general manager Phil Savage that the Browns were at their budget. Dawson signed a five-year, $7.1 million extension in 2005.To read more or comment...
Former Browns quarterback Charlie Frye, a University of Akron product, has signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders, according to the team's web site. Terms were not disclosed.
Frye, a Willard, Ohio native who turns 28 in August, is one of six quarterbacks on the Raiders' roster. He joins JaMarcus Russell, Jeff Garcia, Bruce Gradkowski, Danny Southwick and Andrew Walter. Frye is expected to battle Gradkowski, Southwick and Walter for the No. 3 job.To read more or comment...
Former Browns defensive lineman Pio Sagapolutele died Sunday at age 39 from a brain aneurysm, according to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
Sagapolutele had been living in Phoenix for the past few months with his wife Yvonne and four children, the Star-Bulletin said.To read more or comment...
Charlie Frye, Cleveland's third-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, has signed with the Oakland Raiders.
Frye spent the two previous seasons on Seattle as the third-string quarterback. He is Oakland's sixth quarterback, in a group that includes starter JaMarcus Russell, backup Jeff Garcia, veterans Andrew Walter and Bruce Gradkowski and rookie Danny Southwick.
Frye has the dubious distinction of being the only quarterback in league history who began the season as the starter and was traded after one game.
In his rookie year, Frye played in seven games, starting five. In 2006, Frye started 13 games and went 252-392 passing for 2,454 yards with 10 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
The following year, in 2007, Frye and Derek Anderson were put in a quarterback competition. And how else do you decide the most important component of a multi-million dollar business? By flipping a coin, of course!
Frye won the coin flip, but quickly lost his job in the first game of the year, going 4-10 passing for 34 yards and an interception against Pittsbugh. He was traded to Seattle for a sixth-round pick. That selection ended up being defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin, who is part of the teams front-line rotation.
Frye came to Cleveland with some fanfare after starring at the University of Akron and growing up a fan of Bernie Kosar.
Sporting News magazine employs a group of ex-NFL scouts, collectively known as "RealScouts." Most recently, they rated the head coaches in the NFL.
Out of 32 teams, new Browns coach Eric Mangini ranks 25th. First is New England's Bill Belichick and last is Denver's Josh McDaniels.
Marty Lauzon, with the Browns since 1999 and head trainer for the past four seasons, has resigned, the team announced in a press release. The release cited personal and family reasons.
Joe Sheehan, who spent last year as the coordinator of athletic training and sports medicine at the University of Arkansas, will take over Lauzon’s post. Sheehan had worked on the Jacksonville Jaguars' training staff for the previous 11 years.To read more or comment...
The Browns have spent a portion of their practice this week during voluntary OTA's (organizational training activities) reviewing what new head coach Eric Mangini called "situational work."
SItuations such as Brian Westbrook's heads-up play against the Dallas Cowboys late in a Week 15 game. Westbrook passed up a sure touchdown to down the ball at the 1-yard line so that his Philadelphia Eagles would maintain possession longer and eat up the remaining time on the clock.To read more or comment...
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When the Browns finally decide on a starting quarterback, it won't be until late in the preseason.
That was the big news from head coach Eric Mangini at today's minicamp. Mangini told reporters he wants to see how Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn perform before deciding.
So when Quinn was receiving playing time with the first team last month, it didn't mean much. Mangini will look at presence in the huddle when making his choice.
"The big (criteria) for me is huddle presence and the ability to run the offense, so who can most effectively run the offense, who can look at the defense, understand what the coverage is and throw to the right place, who can see a blitz look and put us in the right play, who can do the check-with-me's where you have two plays called and understand this is the better of the two selections," Mangini told reporters.
Any deception in naming a starting quarterback could be purposeful on Mangini's part. It could be in an effort to confuse opponents heading into the regular season.
"One of the things that's tough defensively is not knowing who the starting quarterback's going to be," Mangini said. "I hated when I didn't know who the starting quarterback of the other team was. A huge, huge headache."
Notes... Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository reports that Anderson had to run a lap today after a false start penalty. A quarterback getting that penalty is crazy.
The Plain Dealer has a nice gallery of shots from today's minicamp.
The Orange and Brown report's Layne Adkins talks about the quarterbacks. You have to be an OBR subscriber for Adkins' insights. If you are, this is a must-read story.
Hat tip to Barry McBride of the OBR for pointing out the latest Super Bowl odds. The Browns are at a fairly pathetic 50/1 to make the Super Bowl. Only four teams – Cincinnati, Oakland, St. Louis and Detroit – have worse odds. (Miami at 25/1? Yes, please)
And yet more from the Scout.com team. NFL writer Ed Thompson interviews rookie cornerback Don Carey. The small-school product is an intriguing player who reportedly looked very good during mini camp. Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer has some Browns thoughts in his Sunday column. TP covers a wide range of topics from Eric Steinbach's weight, to obscure stats to Phil Dawson and Josh Cribbs.
Browns Gab dishes on the Browns' deal with the Ohio Lottery. Mostly this item is worth mentioning because of the comment that accompanies it.
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