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Browns linemen Billy Winn, John Hughes comfortable with 3-4 defense

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 28, 2013

With the Browns switching to new defensive coordinator Ray Horton's 3-4 multi-front scheme, several lineman will be asked to play different roles in 2013. 

Billy Winn and John Hughes, sixth and third round picks in last year's draft, respectively, each fit that bill. Both made an appearance at the Cleveland Auto Show at the I-X center Thursday night. And both say they're comfortable with the transition. 

"I feel comfortable with anything," Winn said, who may be asked to switch to a 3-4 defensive end. "I'm putting myself out there to play wherever they need me to play. If they need me to play inside, I'll play inside. If they need me to play outside, I'll play outside. I'm excited to get going."

Winn says that while at Boise State, the Broncos ran versions of the 3-4, 4-3 and 4-2-5 defenses. 

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49ers QB Alex Smith headed to Kansas City

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 27, 2013

San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Alex Smith will be traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, FOX’s Jay Glazer reported.
The deal won’t be official until the March 12 opening of the NFL calendar year, Glazer said.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chiefs will give up a second-round pick, the second overall, in this year’s draft and a conditional mid-rounder in 2014.
Smith was considered a possible option for the Browns, who are looking for competition for incumbent starter Brandon Weeden. Schefter said the Chiefs are expected to release Matt Cassel, another veteran quarterback whom the Browns could consider.
Smith lost his job to Colin Kapernick after suffering a concussion on Nov. 11. An impending Smith trade was first reported Sunday by Jason La Canfora of CBS.
 

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Free agent WR Steve Breaston in Cleveland for physical

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 27, 2013

Free agent wide receiver Steve Breaston is visiting Cleveland Wednesday for a physical, a league source told the Beacon Journal.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

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Browns name Matt Goodman their vice president of corporate sponsorships

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 26, 2013

The Browns named Matt Goodman their vice president of corporate sponsorships, the team announced today.

Goodman, a Dallas native, joins the Browns after serving as vice president of corporate hospitality for Madison Square Garden since 2009. Goodman focused on all suite and hospitality revenues related to the $985 million transformation of Madison Square Garden that began in 2011.

From 2007-09, Goodman worked as the vice president of ticket sales for Mandalay Baseball Properties.

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Browns QB Brandon Weeden: 'I completely expect to be the starter'

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 25, 2013

The Browns' new regime wants Brandon Weeden to compete for the starting quarterback job, and he has accepted the challenge.

Weeden, the team’s incumbent starting quarterback, said he’s “absolutely” confident he can beat out any competition the organization acquires at the position this offseason.

“I completely expect to be the starter,” Weeden said tonight before signing autographs during the Cleveland Auto Show at the I-X Center. “That’s my mindset going in. I’m confident in my ability to be the guy, to lead this football team.”

CEO Joe Banner and coach Rob Chudzinski recently said at the NFL Scouting Combine that Weeden has potential, but his ability to prove himself as the team’s long-term answer at quarterback depends on how much he wants it. Weeden defended his work ethic last season and said he’ll continue to keep pushing himself.

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Reports say 49ers still shopping QB Alex Smith

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 25, 2013

Suitors of San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith could be waiting for the 49ers to cut him, perhaps prompting Sunday night’s report by Jason La Canfora that a deal was “essentially done.”

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the 49ers were still shopping Smith. They will owe him $8.5 million if they don’t trade or release him by April 1.

La Canfora stood by his report Monday afternoon during an interview with 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, a CBS affiliate. He added that he believes the trade partner to be the Kansas City Chiefs. Multiple reports have linked the Chiefs to Smith.

Tthe Browns have also been suggested as a logical landing spot. The Browns are looking for competition for quarterback Brandon Weeden, the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 draft. Schefter also mentioned the Arizona Cardinals as a team “thought to be” interested, while La Canfora suggested the Jacksonville Jaguars as a possibility.

It has been suggested that La Canfora’s report could be an attempt by the 49ers’ to spark more interest in Smith. La Canfora did not name the trade partner and said the deal could not be finalized until the start of the league year on March 12 at 4 p.m. In response to La Canfora's report, the Plain Dealer reported that the Browns were not the team that had virtually completed a deal.

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Ex-Chiefs receiver Steve Breaston to visit Browns

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 24, 2013

Wide receiver Steve Breaston, cut by the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 19, plans to visit the Browns soon, a league source told the Beacon Journal.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

NFL.com reported the visit with Breaston will be Tuesday.

A six-year veteran who also played for the Arizona Cardinals, Breaston signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract with the Chiefs in 2011. He fell out of favor there last season, catching only seven passes for 74 yards in 10 games. In some of the games he sat out, he was a healthy scratch.

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2013 NFL Combine: Transcript from interview with Browns CEO Joe Banner

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 23, 2013

Browns CEO Joe Banner met with local reporters this morning at the NFL Scouting Combine. Here is a transcript from the chat with Banner:

What are you going to do with returner Josh Cribbs and kicker Josh Dawson? Will any of your free agents be back?: “We do know, but we won’t say.”

Why?: “Because in terms of communicating with them – let’s say we’re trying to sign them and I told you we want to bring them back – that certainly wouldn’t be a very smart thing from a negotiating perspective. If we weren’t, we don’t need to tell the other teams who’s going to be free or not free any earlier than necessary.”

Is that smart from a fan perspective for a guy like Dawson?: “My attitude – and you’ll see this and sometimes it will frustrate people – is all the fans want us to do is win. So when we make decisions we think are ultimately putting us in the best position to win, that’s the best thing for everybody in the end. Whether the fans know the outcome of those two questions today or two weeks from now, I’m not sure there’s something consequential there other than they’d like to know and we understand that. In the end they want us to make the right decisions and win football games.”

What’s the argument against bringing Dawson back?: “I don’t want to go there because I’m not going to answer whether he’s going to be there or not. If I start getting into why he wouldn’t be there, it’s not going to be helpful.”

You could have signed them in December and saved some money: “I’m a believer in your own players you want to keep to try do it early. But I just got here in the middle of the season, who whoever was going to be a free agent, there wasn’t the opportunity. When I say early, I the year before would be my preference.”

Maybe with Dawson it’s more about him wanting to go somewhere else?: “I don’t know if you can say that. There’s a market out there I’m sure he’s familiarizing himself with in terms of how many kickers and what’s the value and how much cap room is out there and what players are getting. I’m sure that would affect his position and our position.”

How much cap space do you have?: “There are two cap numbers. I won’t give you the numbers. The one is gross on paper what they are. Those numbers don’t include the rookie pool allocation. They don’t include players you’re going to tender, exclusive right players that aren’t under contract. The actual number of cap room vs. what you see for any team is dramatically lower. But we have a lot of cap room. We have the cap room to do what we want, whether it’s to keep our own players or being active in the free-agent market.”

What about other teams free agents? How many big name players do you anticipate adding?: “That’s kind of hard to say. We’re still finalizing what we’d like to do, assuming we can actually control that. The fact we have cap room and other teams don’t I think will help us in the market place. Supply vs. the available cap room is on the teams’ side for the moment. That tends to go back and forth. I view this as a good year to be in the free agent market and to be able to get fair market value. Historically, by definition, you generally have to overpay to get free agents especially in the early part of it. I don’t think you’re going to get any bargains, but I think there is a better chance of getting fair market value in free agency. You never know, but I would expect us to be participants in free agency. How big the names are, that will be determined as we see who’s available and who’s interested in us and who we’re interested in.”

How does that 89 percent rule affect things? Do you have to spend so much this year?: “It doesn’t affect us at all. We’re going to be an active, aggressive team in spending over the years. I say years on purpose. In a given year, depending on where you’re at, you might not be but over the course years we’ll be on the aggressive end of team spending.”

What will you do with the No. 6 pick in the draft? Trade up, trade down, stay put?: “Hard to know until after we see what we come out of free agency with and finish drafting. My history has been more trading down than up or staying. I have had some instances where we’ve traded up for a player we thought was really good at a position we thought was difference making. But historically I have either stayed or traded back. Accumulating picks over the course the course of the draft is a good strategy generally.”

How badly would you like to get back in the second round? Can you tell if this is a draft where teams want to get back up in the top 10?: “Despite all the coverage that goes on, I don’t think the drafts have been that much different. There are usually some teams that want to move up. It’s never a ton. There’s always a team that has a need that is four or 10 picks back. I can’t remember ever sitting in first round and not getting calls from somebody inquiring about moving up. I assume that will be the same. It’s just too early to know especially with free agency being so close and planning to have some activity in it.”

What are your thoughts on the Josh Gordon pick?: “It’s to be determined. I think Josh has to keep working hard and improving. I’d be surprised if Josh didn’t say there were things he was doing well and things he could be doing better. A top of the second round pick on a wide receiver you would hope by the second or third year you’d have big, big impact player. I think he still has improvements you could make and there’s hope that he can do that. He’s still got to grow and work hard in order to answer that question.”

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2013 NFL Combine: Kent State's Brian Winters misses Saturday's drills

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 23, 2013

Kent State offensive lineman Brian Winters, a Hudson High School product, didn’t participate in NFL Scouting Combine drills Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, likely forced to pull out because of an injury.

No individuals times were listed for Winters on NFL.com’s combine tracker page. Winters could not immediately be reached for comment Saturday.

Winters stopped after nine repetitions on the 225-pound bench press Friday because of what he later said was a cramp in his pectoral. Gil Brandt, the former Dallas Cowboys player personnel man now with NFL.com, said he spotted Winters Friday with a big wrap on his chest.

“I had to stop because I cramped on my pec right here,” Winters told the Beacon Journal Firday as he pointed to the left side of his chest. “So I’m going to redo it at [Kent State’s] pro day [March 6]. I’m fine.”

Two other players were injured during the bench press Friday. Rutgers tight end D.C. Jefferson’s was reportedly taken to an Indianapolis hospital and his agent told USA Today that he might have suffered a torn pectoral. USC center Khaled Holmes suffered a strained pec, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS.

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Browns CEO Joe Banner says QB likely won't be target with No. 6 pick, Brandon Weeden to get chance

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 23, 2013

Browns CEO Joe Banner indicated it’s unlikely the organization would use the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft on a quarterback and said the team will give incumbent starter Brandon Weeden his best chance to succeed.

“It’s not the focus of our thinking,” Banner said of drafting a quarterback at No. 6. Banner spoke to local reporters this morning at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Banner insisted his statement about the team's quarterback situation is not a smokescreen.

“I will not lie to anybody here,” Banner said. “I will not mislead you. I may not answer you. I may be incomplete in my answer. So I’m not telling you we would or wouldn’t pick a quarterback in the first round or the second round. I’m just not doing that. But I’m also kind of I think implying that that’s not what I expect to have happen. I just don’t play that game.”

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2013 NFL Combine: Kent State OL Brian Winters says cramps kept him from finishing bench press

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 22, 2013

Kent State offensive lineman Brian Winters, a Hudson High School graduate, tallied only nine reps in the bench press today at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium because he felt discomfort in his left pectoral muscle and did not finish the test.

“I had to stop because I cramped on my pec right here [pointing to his left pectoral muscle],” Winters told the Beacon Journal. “So I’m going to re-do it at pro day. I’m fine.”

Kent State’s pro day is scheduled for March 6. Winters plans to participate in other drills Saturday at the combine.

Winters, who played tackle at KSU but guard in the Senior Bowl, said he met with Browns offensive line coach Mike Sullivan today and is scheduled to meet with his hometown team again tonight.

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2013 NFL Combine: Transcript from meeting with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 22, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with local reporters this morning at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Here is a transcript from the transcript:

Do you want to keep any of your free agents?: “We have an overall plan that we’ve been working on and working through for the last few weeks. It’s sort of a high level philosophy and there’s ongoing discussions and it’s an ongoing plan that we’re developing. At this time, not all the details have been worked out on that. Not all the discussion and specifics about every player have been worked out on that. So and that’ll be, we have 2 ½ weeks till we get into the free-agency period. Obviously those things will be worked out going forward and through those times. We’ve been meeting trying to catch up with a lot of things, free agency being one of the major things. I think really the biggest thing is we’ve outlined what we want in terms of a philosophy on anything.”

Where do you stand with free-agents-to-be Phil Dawson and Josh Cribbs?: “I’m not going to get into any specifics on any players, any of our free agents, any contractual situations. All those things I’m not going to get into and you understand why.”

Is there a chance any of your free agents could be back?: “Again, I don’t really want to get into any of that.”

What do you think of quarterback Brandon Weeden?: “I’ve looked at Brandon. I’m excited about getting Brandon out on the field and in the meetings and around the building. It’s tough when you’re just looking at tape on guys. That’s one piece of it. Certainly he has some good tools to work with. He had some success. You saw progress as the season went on last year. And again, I’m excited really with all of our guys, just getting them around and being around them a little bit more. And once we get them in meetings and get them on the field and start working with them, [we’ll] see where they can go from there. But I’m excited about Brandon.”

When owner Jimmy Haslam said you’ll have competition, does that mean you’ll add a quarterback in the draft or free agency?: “We have three guys here that provide competition and we’ll leave it open to whatever happens in terms of any other possible scenarios. We’re going to look at everything, every possibility to try to make the team better. I’m excited about Brandon. Obviously Colt [McCoy] has been here, has won games, has some unique abilities himself that I’m excited about. Again, getting all those guys in the building and see what they can do and being around them and really getting a chance to really evaluate them. You can look at tape and evaluate tape, but until you’re around guys, until you understand when you’re asking them to do certain things and seeing how they react to that and how they react on the field and how they play ultimately is what decides how far they can go.”

When you interviewed for the job, was there any discussion about expanding the zone-read offense you used with the Carolina Panthers here?: “No, there was really no discussion on that specifically. I’ve always believed from a philosophy standpoint as a coach you have to be able to flexible and adapt to the players that you have. That was something that I had never done in Carolina before and with Cam Newton and the possibilities with him and the potential that he had and really the background he had in college, I just felt like being able to give him something that would transition him to the NFL as you continue to develop and utilize some of those special, unique qualities that guys have, and that goes for all positions. That you’re looking to try to find roles for guys, looking for guys that have redeeming qualities and things they can do that are special and us having a good enough system and a flexible enough system that you can use those type of guys.”

We know what your offense looked like in 2007, is that the starting point or ending point?: “I feel like I’ve evolved as a coach and really that comes from offensive coordinator Norv [Turner]’s philosophy from year to year that you have to be pushing the envelope at all times and finding new, different, call them better ways of attacking and trying to attack defenses. So I don’t know if you call it the beginning point or starting point but there are components of the things that you would have seen in that offense, there’s components of the things that you would have seen in that offense, there’s components of the things that you would have seen in that offense. There’s components of the things that you would see in some of Norv’s offense, components of some of the things you would have seen in the Carolina offense that we’ll incorporate. And that’s really been one of the things that’s been fun, is sitting in there together and working through some of these things both on offense and defense, here’s what we’d like to do. Then the whole big part of it is, OK, now here’s the players we have. What can we do that fits? You’ve got this big playbook. What portion of it will we be able to use?”

Would you be comfortable with Weeden as your starter?: “Whoever our starter is, I’m going to be comfortable with.”

Is there another change coming at QB?: “Some of those things are hard to say. We need to get out on the practice field. We need to get into the meetings, get into the installs and evaluate him. We’re going to put the best guy on the field that gives us the best chance to win.”

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2013 NFL Combine: Transcript from Browns coach Rob Chudzinski's news conference

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 22, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski addressed the media today during the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On him being a good tight end as a player and how much work the staff is putting into the tight end position)- “First of all, I appreciate you saying I was a pretty good tight end. The tight end position has evolved in the last 10 years or so, maybe even longer than that and it’s become a critical part of a lot of offenses. I’ve been real fortunate to be around some tight ends that are special guys and certainly, when you have that type of guy who’s versatile, you can split him out, you can do different things with him for your offense. He can block, he can catch, you can use him on third downs and you can use him on first and second downs. It’s a real weapon. We’ve been looking and obviously evaluating free agency and the draft and putting our plan together in terms of that. One of the things I believe in as a coach is that you’re going to always try to adjust to your personnel so whether you have the tight ends, whether you don’t have the tight ends or receivers or a fullback, there’s still a real place for fullbacks and great fullbacks in the league. You see that on teams and you see the multiple wide receiver sets. If your offense is flexible enough to adjust to your personnel and that’s ultimately what my philosophy is, is which do you would want to do then any of those guys you can go any different direction.”

(On if he has had a chance to look at any of the quarterback prospects in the draft)- “I really haven’t. I’ve been playing catch up on a lot of the college study and the college tape. This will give me an opportunity to do that this week and this weekend as well as getting in the interviews and being around some of those guys. Getting the first look at them and seeing them in the drills, but that will obviously be something with all positions that we’ll be looking at and getting a chance to evaluate and I’ll be able to get a chance to catch up on a little more.”

(On if he has had a chance to look at Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy)- “I’ve been looking at that quite a bit in conjunction with some of the other things we’ve been working on. I’m excited about those guys. They have interesting skill sets, they’ve made improvements, they’ve been able to win games and I’m excited. Ultimately, watching guys on tape, it’s hard to really make a total assessment on them. You want to get them out on the practice field, get them in meetings, see how the things you’re asking them to do translate to their responses and what they do in situations that you put them in. Ultimately the evaluation process is only a partial part of looking at the tape.”

(On how different his offense will be compared to the offense Weeden was in last year)- “I didn’t really study the offense, necessarily, that Brandon was in last year. The things that I’ve done in the past, that Norv has done in the past and by the way, I’m really excited about Norv being part of this staff. I think that’s a huge addition and not only for me from a professional standpoint, Norv’s had a real impact on me personally as well and is somebody that just I trust to the nth degree, but we’ll put all that together. It’s been an interesting and fun process sitting down together on a lot of those things and talking through where we see different things and putting the offense together. A lot of that, like I mentioned before, ultimately will come once we see who we have and work those guys in to put them in positions to be successful.”

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Video: Marla Ridenour from NFL Combine with Bleacher Report and Mary Kay Cabot

By Ron Ledgard Published: February 22, 2013

Marla Ridenour participated in a Google Hangout video from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis with Bleacher Report and Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

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2013 NFL Combine: Browns coach Rob Chudzinski compliments Brandon Weeden, but wants QB competition

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 22, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski sees promise in quarterback Brandon Weeden, but he still won’t commit to him as the starter, rule out acquiring someone else to fill that role or rule out listening to trade offers for Weeden or backup Colt McCoy.

The bottom line is Chudzinski wants competition at quarterback.

“The overall point is that we want competition,” Chudzinski said this morning while meeting with Cleveland-area reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “Competition makes people better, so however that competitions ends up coming about, I’m satisfied that we’ll be pushing and creating an environment for competition and that’s really ultimately what you want. Guys are going to have opportunities and when guys have opportunities, they have to make good on those opportunities and deliver, and that’s ultimately what you want to see as a coach, and that’s what you’re looking for.”

The Browns have Weeden, their incumbent starter, backup Colt McCoy and third-stringer Thaddeus Lewis under contract. Still, the organization will likely add someone to the mix via trade, free agency or the draft.

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Video: Nate Ulrich from the NFL Scouting Combine with Ron Ledgard

By Ron Ledgard Published: February 22, 2013

Browns beat reporter Nate Ulrich and sports editor Ron Ledgard talked about the first day of the NFL Scouting Combine via a Google + hangout on Thursday night. The talk gets into Chip Kelly, Rob Chudzinski, Alex Smith and other nuggets from Indianapolis.

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2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Chip Kelly calls report he was close to becoming Browns' HC 'erroneous'

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 21, 2013

Calling the report that he and the Browns were “close” to a deal “erroneous,” new Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly implied the Browns weren’t really in the running to hire him as their head coach despite a reported seven-hour interview in Arizona in January.

Asked about choosing the Eagles over the Browns today at the NFL Scouting Combine, Kelly said, “I just thought for me the Eagles was the best opportunity.”

He said he was “really excited” when he met Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman, owner Jeffrey Lurie and President Don Smolenski.

“It was the right fit for me and that’s what I felt,” Kelly said. “So my decision ended up being, ‘Am I going to stay with a bunch of players that I love coaching and had a tremendous amount of success (with)?’ If I was going to go anywhere, it was going to be Philadelphia. It wasn’t an elimination (of the Browns) or anything, I just thought Philly was the best fit.”

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2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Georgia LB Jarvis Jones won't work out at combine, ESPN reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 21, 2013

Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones has decided to forgo working out at the NFL Scouting Combine, instead focusing on his pro day March 21, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock believes the Browns should target Jones with the sixth overall pick, provided he checks out medically at the combine.

Jones was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column, after injuring his neck while playing for Southern California in 2009. USC’s team doctors would not clear him to play again, but he transferred to Georgia after its doctors approved his comeback.

Jones led the nation in sacks (14 ½), tackles for loss (24 1/2) and forced fumbles (seven) last season. He also had 13 ½ tackles in 2011.

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2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Eagles' Chip Kelly says he, ex-Browns coach Pat Shurmur are 'good fit'

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 21, 2013

Phladelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly surprised many in the league with his selection of ex-Browns coach Pat Shurmur as his offensive coordinator.

Kelly said today at the NFL Scouting Combine that he had never met Shurmur before, but that "we seemed to hit it off right away."

"Extremely intelligent, well through-out, very detail-oriented," Kelly said of Shurmur. "Have a lot of similar philosophies in the passing game and the running game. Like I said with putting our whole staff together, it was just a good fit.

"There were a lot of really qualified candidates, but it just seemed like we clicked right away when I got a chance to meet him."

In his first year in the NFL after coaching at Oregon and New Hampshire, Kelly said he will rely on Shurmur's two years in charge of the Browns.

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2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland says he would like to re-sign QB Matt Moore

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 21, 2013

Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland said he would like to re-sign backup quarterback Matt Moore, who is scheduled to become a free agent March 12 and could receive interest from the Browns.

“There’s a lot of reasons why you want Matt back on the football team,” Ireland said today at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Matt’s been an outstanding teammate, a good mentor for [starting quarterback] Ryan [Tannehill]. … So there’s a lot of [reasons] why you would want him back on the football team.

“Like every free agent we’ve talked about, there’s a process in place. They’re all great character guys, and it’s a business decision. We have some tough decisions to make. I wish I could have them all back. I’m going to be disappointed and maybe possibly one of those guys will be disappointed when it doesn’t get done.”

Moore, 28, will test free agency and Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner is a big fan of him, the Miami Herald reported this week. Two years ago, Moore went 6-6 as a starter before Tannehill, the eighth overall pick in the 2012 draft, replaced him in the lineup.

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2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Fans of Browns DC Ray Horton abound

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 21, 2013

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, the former Browns offensive coordinator, believes Ray Horton’s stint in Cleveland as defensive coordinator could be short.

Arians and Horton worked together for five seasons as assistants with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arians as offensive coordinator, Horton coaching defensive backs.

“Ray’s a bright guy, got a great passion for the game, can relate to his players extremely well,” Arians said today at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He’s going to be a head coach soon.”

Arians later called Horton “a head coach in waiting.”

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2013 NFL Scouting Combine -- Vikings GM Rick Spielman: 'We have no intent to trade Percy Harvin'

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 21, 2013

Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman continued to insist today at the NFL Scouting Combine that the organization doesn’t plan on trading standout slot receiver Percy Harvin.

NFL.com recently listed the Browns as a logical suitor of Harvin if he’s on the trading block.

“We have no intent to trade Percy Harvin,” Spielman said. “Anything related to his contract or any discussions will all be kept internally. I think everybody understands what type of player Percy Harvin is. He’s a dynamic playmaker not only on offense, the things that he can do at different positions, but also what he brings us as a kickoff returner.”

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2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Marc Trestman was 'totally prepared' for interviews with Browns, Bears

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 21, 2013

Marc Trestman interviewed with the Browns for their head-coaching vacancy on Jan. 8 before the Chicago Bears hired him for the same role and Cleveland hired Rob Chudzinski.

Trestman, who served as the Browns’ quarterbacks coach in 1988 and their offensive coordinator in 1989, spent the past five years as the head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes.

But even though he hadn’t been in the NFL since 2004, Trestman said he was ready for his shot to impress the Browns and Bears.

“Over the years, I’d always continue to put together a format for an interview process if that opportunity would come up,” Trestman said. “But the opportunity to interview there, in both places, was not only a growing experience, but it was exciting. And I felt totally prepared at the time.”

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2013 NFL Scouting Combine: 49ers considering trading QB Alex Smith, GM Trent Baalke says

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 21, 2013

San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said this morning at the NFL Scouting Combine that the organization is considering trading quarterback Alex Smith.

The Browns could pursue Smith this offseason. Last month, owner Jimmy Haslam vowed to create a competition for incumbent starter Brandon Weeden, so the Browns are certainly in the market for a quarterback.

Baalke was asked today whether the 49ers plan to trade Smith, who has ties to new Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

“That’s part of it,” Baalke said. “We’re going to look at all options available. Are we going to trade him for sure? No, that hasn’t been decided.”

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2013 NFL Draft: Alabama CB Dee Milliner to undergo shoulder surgery after combine, ESPN reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 21, 2013

Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder after the NFL Scouting Combine, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning.

The Browns have the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, and they’re in the market for a starting cornerback. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay project Milliner, the No. 1-rated corner in the draft, as a top-five pick, and NFL Network’s Mike Mayock believes Milliner could become a top-10 selection if he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds or less at the combine in Indianapolis.

Despite his injured shoulder, Milliner plans to participate in every drill at the combine except for the bench press, according to the report. Defensive backs are scheduled to address the media at the combine on Sunday and work out on Tuesday.

Tony Fleming, one of Milliner’s agents, told ESPN that his client is expected to be ready for training camp. Milliner suffered the injury last season and played through it, according to the report.

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Browns renovating their headquarters in Berea

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 19, 2013

The Browns are renovating their headquarters in Berea in an effort to have as many of their employees as possible stationed in one location.

The Browns selected Westlake Reed Leskosky, a Cleveland-based architecture, engineering and technology design firm, for the project. The company announced the news today.

“Our goal is to create a vibrant, high-energy space that maximizes the ability of every one of our employees to perform at the highest level,” Browns CEO Joe Banner said in a statement. “We want to establish an environment that supports the excellence of the people in our organization and our business partners. We look forward to working with Westlake Reed Leskosky during the course of this project.”

Last month, Banner said he wanted all of the team’s employees to work under one roof as opposed to some of them operating out of FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland and others out of the team’s training facility in Berea.

Westlake Reed Leskosky has started its planning and designs for the project. Construction is scheduled to start in March with a target completion by mid-July.

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2013 NFL Draft: Top 10 players with the most to gain at the NFL Scouting Combine

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 19, 2013

This is the 20th in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning brought a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday. 

With the combine set to begin tomorrow, we take a look at the 10 players with the most to gain this week in Indianapolis.

1. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o -- It's unfortunate that Te'o is at this spot, but it's the situation. The Lennay Kekua hoax left (many, many) more questions than answers. Te'o admitted to lying at times, and at best, he appears to be naive. Every team that talks about him will have to ask about this. There are a couple of players on this list who have a lot more to gain or lose based on the off-the-field evaluation, and Te'o is certainly leading that pack. He's currently slotted to be picked somewhere late in the first round, possibly to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 21 or the Baltimore Ravens at No. 32. But if he can ease teams' minds on this situation, he could move up a couple of spots.

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2013 NFL Draft: A look around the AFC North -- Baltimore Ravens

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 18, 2013

This is the 19th in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday. And every Monday, we look at another team around the division.

Today it's the Super Bowl champs looking at this offseason's biggest decision and a couple of stars with at least one foot out the door.

Overview: Before this past season, many around the NFL got in a good laugh when Joe Flacco said he thought he was the best quarterback in the league. That still most likely isn't true, but he has been fitted for a Super Bowl ring as the Ravens won the title on Flacco's efficient play and Ray Lewis' last ride into the sunset.

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2013 NFL Draft: A look at trade-down scenarios for the Browns and potential targets

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 17, 2013

This is the 18th in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday.

Today we take a look at what the Browns might do if they choose to trade down from the No. 6 overall pick, and who they might be targeting.

The Browns certainly haven't been shy about acquiring more draft picks and moving down the board in the first round. In 2009, the Browns moved down a couple of times, going from the No. 5 pick (the New York Jets took quarterback Mark Sanchez) and eventually to No. 21, taking center Alex Mack. Two years later, former Browns General Manager Tom Heckert pulled off a large trade with the Atlanta Falcons, giving up the No. 6 overall pick and acquiring two first-round picks, a second and two fourths.

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2013 NFL Draft: A look at the top five prospects from Ohio State

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 16, 2013

This is the 17th in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. 

Today a look at the top prospects coming out of Ohio State University, starting with the big man in the middle.

For the second year in a row, for Ohio State's standards, it's a light draft class. The Buckeyes are losing only one underclassmen to the draft, have one first-round talent, one mid-draft prospect and several guys who should be selected late on the third day.

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ESPN’s Todd McShay says he wouldn’t have drafted Browns QB Brandon Weeden until third round

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 15, 2013

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay didn’t think very highly of Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden heading into last year’s draft, and McShay isn’t wild about any quarterbacks in this year’s class, either.

“I had Andrew Luck as the first quarterback, just in my rankings, [Robert] Griffin III, then [Ryan] Tannehill at three,” McShay said of his 2012 grades during a conference call this afternoon. “Then I had Nick Foles, Russell Wilson, Brock Osweiler and Brandon Weeden. … I wouldn’t have taken Weeden until the third round.”

The Browns, of course, selected Weeden in the first round (22nd overall). The Indianapolis Colts picked Luck first overall, the Washington Redskins took Griffin at No. 2 and the Miami Dolphins chose Tannehill at No. 8. Osweiler (second round, No. 57 overall) went to the Denver Broncos, Wilson (third round, No. 75 overall) to the Seattle Seahawks and Foles (third round, 88th overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Now the Browns' new regime of owner Jimmy Haslam, CEO Joe Banner, coach Rob Chudzinski and vice president of player personnel Mike Lombardi is on a mission this offseason to acquire another quarterback and create competition at the position. Aside from the draft, they could accomplish their goal through free agency or a trade. Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers, Chase Daniel of the New Orleans Saints and Brian Hoyer of the Arizona Cardinals are among the quarterbacks who have been linked to the Browns and are expected to be available.

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2013 NFL Draft: A look at possible Browns target Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee WR

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 15, 2013

This is the 16th in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. 

Today we continue with a "freakishly" athletic wide receiver who isn't as highly ranked now but is picking up momentum and could shoot up draft boards following the combine, like many receivers have done recently.

Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, wide receiver

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2013 NFL Draft: What if the Browns take a QB in the first round, and who are the top contenders?

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 14, 2013

This is the 15th in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. 

Today we look at the possibility of the Browns choosing to take a quarterback with the No. 6 overall pick, and which signal callers are contenders to be taken that high.

For better or for worse, the Browns brass taking a quarterback with the No. 6 overall pick would certainly create the biggest splash. The Browns spent the No. 22 pick in last year's draft (which was a part of the Julio Jones deal to the Atlanta Falcons) on Brandon Weeden and handed him the keys to the starting role over Colt McCoy. Taking another quarterback -- this time a top-10 pick under a new regime -- signals a serious change.

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Browns sign punter Spencer Lanning

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 13, 2013

The Browns signed punter Spencer Lanning today, the team announced.

Lanning, who signed with the Chicago Bears in 2011 as an undrafted free agent from the University of South Carolina, spent training camp with the Browns last season before being waived on Aug. 26. He also spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets.

Browns punter Reggie Hodges is scheduled to become a free agent next month.

Punter Brian Stahovich also worked out for the Browns this morning, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Here is information about Lanning provided in a news release from the Browns:

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2013 NFL Draft: Browns will likely target pass rusher at No. 6, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. says

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 13, 2013

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. had plenty to say about the Browns today during a conference call. He believes the Browns will target a pass rusher with the sixth overall pick in the draft, which will run April 25-27, and lists Florida State's Bjoern Werner and Texas A&M's Damontre Moore, who's pictured above, as prime candidates. Kiper also thinks none of the quarterbacks in this year's class is worth of a top-10 pick, and Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden might be better than all of them.

Here are some highlights from the conference call with Kiper:

On the Browns’ options with the No. 6 overall pick: “A lot of need areas. Josh Gordon keeps emerging at wide receiver. They still have to determine what they’re doing at quarterback. You got to think about the defense. Think about pass rusher, linebacker, corner. I have them taking Bjoern Werner from Florida State [in his first two mock drafts]. He could be gone. You could flip Damontre Moore in there, a kid out of Texas A&M, as a possibility. If Dee Milliner, the cornerback from Alabama were there, he would be very intriguing. I have him going earlier at four, maybe even to five to Detroit. So I would think you look at the pass rusher. Be it Moore or Werner, I think one of those two will be there at [No.] 6.”

On whether Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner could play outside linebacker in a 3-4 system: “I think Bjoern Werner’s a 4-3 end. I wouldn’t want him playing on his feet, myself.”

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2013 NFL Draft: A look at possible Browns target Dion Jordan, Oregon DE/OLB

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 13, 2013

This is the 14th in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. 

Today we look at potentially the most athletic, versatile defensive player in this class who could rise up draft boards.

Dion Jordan, Oregon, senior

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Q&A with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 12, 2013

During a phone interview tonight with the Beacon Journal, owner Jimmy Haslam vowed to remain heavily involved with the Browns despite returning to his former role as CEO of Pilot Flying J. Click here for the story and read below for the transcript from the interview:

Q: How will you reassuming your role as CEO of Pilot Flying J affect the Browns and the time you spend in Northeast Ohio?:

A: “I think it’s a fair question. I would say this: We were introduced in Berea on Aug. 3, right? And I was CEO of Pilot Flying J all the way through Dec. 31, and really for the past five or six weeks have not been. Hopefully you and the fans and everybody involved could see beginning in Berea on Aug. 3 and going really all the way up to the present and certainly through the end of the season that we were heavily involved and very passionate and very intense and have proclaimed many times we’re going to do any and everything we can to bring a winner to the Browns. I think there’s absolutely no difference. We went through the last season in the same situation. We obviously feel great about the new team we have in place both on and off the field, and we’re excited to get into free agency, get into the draft, start moving forward to the 2013 season.”

Q: You once referred to former Browns President Mike Holmgren as the team’s “de facto owner” because Randy Lerner wasn’t very visible. Now fans are afraid CEO Joe Banner will be a de facto owner and you won’t be very visible.

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2013 NFL Draft: The top storylines heading into the draft

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 12, 2013

This is the 13th in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. 

Today we look at the top storylines heading into the NFL Scouting Combine and then the draft.

1. Where do the quarterbacks end up? -- As always, the quarterbacks will drive the conversation. Two years ago, the likes of Christian Ponder, Blaine Gabbert and Jake Locker all made it into the top-12 picks despite lower grades than many players drafted after them. And the successes of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson this past season will surely fuel that fire even more.

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Would Ravens give Browns, other teams chance to steal QB Joe Flacco?

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 11, 2013

In his Monday Morning Quarterback column, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King explores whether the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens would actually give the Browns and other quarterback-hungry teams a chance to steal Joe Flacco.

It seems unlikely the Ravens would let Flacco walk. But King doesn’t believe it’s a foregone conclusion that Flacco will be back in Baltimore next season.

“It has been presumed that if the Ravens can't sign Flacco before the March 4 franchise-tagging deadline that they'd exercise the exclusive tag," King wrote. "That would mean committing a $20 million guaranteed salary -- with another $24 million due Flacco in 2014 if Baltimore had to exercise a tag again next year. Two years, $44 million ... significantly more than Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady make now. The regular franchise tag for quarterbacks, meanwhile, is $14.5 million.

“Don't be so sure of that exclusive tag. The Ravens were $5 million over the league's $121 million salary cap at the close of business Friday, and that figure doesn't include a dime for Flacco.”

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam returns to role as CEO of Pilot Flying J

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 11, 2013

Pilot Flying J announced today that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam will return to his former role as its CEO.

In August, Haslam struck a deal to buy the Browns from Randy Lerner for about $1 billion and then hired John Compton, the former president of PepsiCo, in September to run his family’s Knoxville, Tenn.-based truck stop empire while he shifted his focus to the NFL.  Haslam changed his title from CEO to chairman and gave Compton control.

But Haslam has recaptured the reins of Pilot Flying J. Compton will assume a new role as strategic adviser to Pilot Flying J, the Browns and the Haslam family, Pilot Flying J announced.

"[Compton has] strong expertise in branding and marketing, and certainly if there's ever an opportunity to pick his brain, we will," Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said. "But his role will be strictly as an adviser.

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2013 NFL Draft: A look around the AFC North -- Cincinnati Bengals

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 11, 2013

This is the 12th in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. And each Monday, we'll take a look at another team from the division.

Today it's the always entertaining (and now, playoff quality) Cincinnati Bengals.

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2013 NFL Draft: A look at two local products, Buchtel's Johnny Adams and Hudson's Brian Winters

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 10, 2013

This is the 11th in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. 

Today we take a look at two local products, a cornerback from Buchtel and an offensive tackle from Hudson and Kent State University, each looking to rise up draft boards at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Two local products -- offensive lineman Brian Winters from Hudson High School and then Kent State University and cornerback Johnny Adams from Buchtel High School and then Michigan State University -- earned invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine.

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2013 NFL Draft: A look at possible targets for Browns in third round

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 9, 2013

This is the tenth in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. 

Today we look at who the Browns might be targeting in the third round.

With the No. 6 overall pick, the Browns should have a good chance at finding a franchise-caliber player. But after selecting wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round of last year's supplemental draft, the Browns' second-round pick was forfeited.

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Buchtel High School graduate Johnny Adams among NFL Scouting Combine invitees with local ties

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 8, 2013

Below is a list of NFL Scouting Combine invitees who have ties to Northeast Ohio or played for Ohio State. Click the links to read NFLDraftScout.com's analysis of each player.

The combine will run Feb. 20-26 in Indianapolis. The NFL Draft will run April 25-27. The Browns have the sixth overall pick.

Prospects with local connections

Johnny Adams, Michigan State cornerback, Buchtel High School

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Browns QB Brandon Weeden eager for competition to remain starter

By JEFF LATZKE, AP Sports Writer Published: February 8, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY: The new regime in charge of the Browns has done nothing to cement Brandon Weeden's status as the franchise quarterback and that's just fine with him.

After a rocky rookie season, Weeden is eager for the competition that new owner Jimmy Haslam has vowed to create before next season.

"I expect competition. That's the way professional sports are. Unless you're Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or these guys, you might as well expect for somebody to try to come take your job," Weeden said Friday during an appearance at Oklahoma Christian University. "That's part of the business. But it's also the fun part. You get to compete and try to be a winner."

Weeden threw for 3,385 yards with 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions last season after being the No. 22 draft pick out of Oklahoma State. The Browns won just five games last season, with the new ownership group getting rid of coach Pat Shurmur, general manager Tom Heckert and team president Mike Holmgren.

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2013 NFL Draft: A look at the five teams picking ahead of the Browns and what to expect from them

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 8, 2013

This is the ninth in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. 

Today, we take a look at the five teams drafting ahead of the Browns in the first round and break down a couple of potential scenarios.

Overview of each team: 1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14): The Chiefs are a bit of a statistical anomaly as they had three times as many pro bowlers (six) as wins. So there's talent on the roster for new head coach Andy Reid. News for the next few weeks in Kansas City will surround impending free agents, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and left tackle Brandon Albert, both of whom could command top-dollar price tags on the open market. It isn't believed the team can keep both stars, though the team has some cap space and some handy work with other contracts could be done to make room. Much of what the Chiefs do in the draft will hinge on where Albert ends up and if Reid chooses to find a new franchise quarterback.

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Complete list of Browns' new coaching staff

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 7, 2013

The Browns announced today that they have completed their new coaching staff.

Here is the entire list of the team's 21 coaches:

Rob Chudzinski, head coach (19 years of coaching experience, nine in the NFL)

Ray Horton, defensive coordinator (19 total, 19 NFL)

*Chris Tabor, special teams coordinator (20 total, five NFL)

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Browns hire inside linebackers coach Ken Flajole, four others to complete staff

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 7, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has completed the hiring of his first staff, the team announced today.

The Browns rounded out the staff by hiring inside linebackers coach Ken Flajole, special assistant to the head coach Steve Gera and assistant strength and conditioning coaches Chris DiSanto and Derik Keyes. They also announced their previously reported hire of running backs coach John Settle.

“The additions of Ken and John, as well as Chris, Derik and Steve, round out what I believe is an extremely strong group of coaches with diverse backgrounds, covering many years of experience at both the NFL and collegiate levels,” Chudzinski said in a statement. “They are all outstanding teachers and leaders who will bring out the best in our players.”

Flajole spent last season as the secondary coach of the New Orleans Saints and was fired in January. Before joining the Saints, he served as the defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11.

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Official list of NFL Scouting Combine invitees released today

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 7, 2013

The official list of prospects invited to the NFL Scouting Combine was released today. The league invited 333 players to participate in the combine, which will run Feb. 20-26 in Indianapolis.

The group of combine invitees with local connections includes Michigan State cornerback Johnny Adams, a Buchtel High School graduate who's pictured above, and Kent State offensive lineman Brian Winters, a Hudson High School graduate. NFLDraftScout.com listed Mount Union wide receiver Jasper Collins as one of the top-10 combine snubs.

Of course, the Browns have the sixth overall pick in this year's draft, so they'll be studying all of the top prospects at the combine. The draft will run April 25-27.

Here is the list of combine invitees:

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2013 NFL Draft: A look at possible Browns target Barkevious Mingo, LSU DE/OLB

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 7, 2013

This is the eighth in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. 

Today, we continue with perhaps the most athletic pass rusher in the draft, but one who's on-field production hasn't matched his impressive measurables.

Barkevious Mingo, LSU, Junior

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Browns notes: Coach Rob Chudzinski hires former Panthers running backs coach John Settle

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 7, 2013

The Browns have hired former Carolina Panthers running backs coach John Settle, a league source confirmed today for the Beacon Journal.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns have yet to announce the move. ProFootballScoop.com first reported the news this morning.

Settle spent the past two seasons with the Panthers, but coach Ron Rivera fired him in January. In Charlotte, N.C., Settle worked with new Browns coach Rob Chudzinski, who served as the Panthers’ offensive coordinator during the past two seasons.

Settle’s only other NFL coaching experience was with the Browns in 1995 and then the Baltimore Ravens from 1996-97 after the late Art Modell moved the franchise. Before joining the Panthers in 2011, Settle coached running backs at the University of Wisconsin (2006-10), Fresno State (1998-2005) and his alma mater, Appalachian State (1994).

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Browns sign OL Dominic Alford

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 6, 2013

The Browns signed offensive lineman Dominic Alford, the team announced today.

Alford, 24, spent the entire 2011 season on the Browns’ practice squad. Last season, he spent the final four weeks on the practice squad of the Carolina Panthers, whose offense was coordinated by new Browns coach Rob Chudzinski.

The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Alford, who attended Shaker Heights High School and the University of Minnesota, has yet to play in an NFL regular-season game. He entered the NFL when the Browns signed him as an undrafted free agent on July 30, 2011.

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2013 NFL Draft: A look at possible Browns target Dee Milliner, Alabama CB

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 6, 2013

This is the seventh in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. 

Today, we continue with the best defensive back in the draft, a cornerback from Alabama who's used to being at the top of the rankings.

Dee Milliner, Alabama, junior

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Browns cut DE Frostee Rucker as they shift to 3-4 multi-front scheme

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 5, 2013

The Browns cut defensive end Frostee Rucker today, the new regime’s first major move in shaping the roster to fit defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s 3-4 multi-front scheme. The team announced the release of Rucker.

Rucker started all 16 games at right end last season when the Browns ran a 4-3 system under the guidance of former defensive coordinator Dick Jauron. Rucker compiled 48 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble.

Rucker, however, is not considered a natural fit for a 3-4 scheme.

Former General Manager Tom Heckert targeted Rucker last year, and on March 15, the Browns signed him to a five-year contract reportedly worth about $21 million, including a $5 million signing bonus and $8 million guaranteed. A third-round draft pick from the University of Southern California, Rucker spent his first six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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2013 NFL Draft: A look at possible Browns target Jarvis Jones, Georgia OLB

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 5, 2013

This is the sixth in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. 

Today, we continue with perhaps the most talented defensive player on the board but one who carries significant injury concerns. 

Jarvis Jones, Georgia, Junior

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2013 NFL Draft: A look around the AFC North — Pittsburgh Steelers

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 4, 2013

This is the fifth in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. And each Monday, we'll take a look at another team in the AFC North.

Today, we travel down the turnpike to Pittsburgh.

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2013 NFL Draft: A look at possible Browns target Kenny Vaccaro, Texas FS

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 3, 2013

This is the fourth in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. 

Today, we spend Super Bowl Sunday looking at the best safety on the board, one with perhaps an outside chance at creeping into the top 10 picks but who recently shot up one draft analyst's rankings and could be gaining momentum.

Kenny Vaccaro, Texas, Senior

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2013 NFL Draft: A look at possible Browns target Bjoern Werner, Florida State DE/OLB

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 2, 2013

This is the third in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. 

Today, we continue with a German-born pass rusher with some early projections to be taken by the Browns by some outlets despite only five years of playing football under his belt. 

Bjoern Werner, Florida State, Junior

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Owner Jimmy Haslam tells reporters Browns will have QB competition

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 1, 2013

Owner Jimmy Haslam told reporters today the Browns will have a quarterback competition this year, meaning the organization will likely acquire someone to square off against incumbent starter Brandon Weeden in the offseason.

Last week during offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s introductory news conference, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said it’s “premature” to label Weeden the team’s starting quarterback for the 2013 season.

Haslam reaffirmed the new regime’s stance this morning while attending a news conference in New Orleans that recognized Browns left tackle Joe Thomas and the other finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. The winner will be announced Saturday during the NFL Honors, which will air on CBS from 9-11 p.m.

“I think Norv and Chud have been very open that they like a lot of what Brandon [Weeden] does,” Haslam told reporters today in New Orleans. “But we’re going to have competition at that position. And I think competition makes us all better, and we'll see where that competition comes from.”

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2013 NFL Draft: A look at possible Browns target Chance Warmack, Alabama OG

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 1, 2013

This is the second in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference. 

Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20. 

Today, we continue with a player who finds himself in a similar situation as Trent Richardson in last year's draft — one who plays a position not normally taken in the top five or 10 picks but has transcendent talent that could buck the trend. And he happens to be from the same school.

Chance Warmack, Alabama, Senior

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