Browns training camp isn't going anywhere yet. At least not this year.
Although the Browns have been discussing moving training camp to Columbus for years, it will remain at team headquarters in Berea this summer, the team announced Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Browns and a Columbus development group have asked the state to help pay $5 million to build a practice facility for the Browns at Ohio State University, the Columbus Dispatch first reported. The facility would be used for future training camps.
The Browns, who have held training camp in Berea since 1992, released the following statement Thursday attributed to a team spokesman:
"When we first explored the potential opportunity to hold training camp out of town, we conveyed that we would make the decision based on what is best for our football operations and their preparation for the season. Our football group believes it would be a positive, as it is for nearly a dozen teams in the NFL. In relocating training camp, we would incur all the costs associated with moving and holding our operations at a remote site. Clearly, we need a facility from which to operate and are in discussions with potential partners. Columbus approached us regarding creating a site that would serve area youth for recreational purposes the 11-plus months a year that we are not using the space, but those are discussions and plans that Columbus leaders are working through, which we will review as a serious option. Columbus is a good location for us for multiple reasons, including to give more convenient opportunities to our fans across Ohio to experience their team in person. We will continue to thoroughly evaluate all options while remaining committed to hosting open practices for fans at our year-round facility in Berea. The 2016 Browns training camp will be held in Berea."To read more or comment...
On this week's Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com podcast, Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich breaks down the latest news about quarterback Johnny Manziel. In what looks like the final chapter of Manziel's career in Cleveland, we consider his spot amongst draft busts picked by the Browns. Believe it or not, there may be a bigger bust still on the roster. Nate also puts on his GM hat and pitches Manziel for teams in a possible, albeit unlikely, trade.
This week we also discuss the team's latest moves on the coaching staff. Nate picks the team's biggest surprise hire and most important hire. We close the show discussing the role of Andrew Berry, who was recently hired to be the team's vice president of player personnel.
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Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns expected to cut Johnny Manziel next month after exec Sashi Brown condemns troubled quarterback in statement
Browns coach Hue Jackson is disappointed about the latest off-field incident involving troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel.
How could he not be?
Police in Fort Worth, Texas, and Dallas are investigating to determine whether an assault occurred when Manziel and his ex-girlfriend engaged in an altercation early Saturday morning. Officers from both police departments said there were no updates as of Tuesday morning.To read more or comment...
Click here for an updated version of this story: Troubled Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel becomes target of police investigation after altercation with ex-girlfriend
Police in Texas were called to investigate an altercation between Johnny Manziel and his ex-girlfriend.
The troubled Browns quarterback was not arrested, but police are working to determine whether a criminal offense occurred.
Here is a statement from the Fort Worth Police Department:To read more or comment...
All eyes are on North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz this week at the Senior Bowl, and Ohio.com digital content editor Dan Kadar is among those watching in Mobile, Ala.
On this week's Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com podcast, Kadar explains why he projects Wentz to become one of three quarterbacks picked in the first round of the NFL Draft on April 28.
Would the Browns be wise to pick Wentz second overall?
Kadar, who runs the popular Mocking the Draft website, discusses the question and several other topics, including Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook's absence at the Senior Bowl, Ohio State wide receiver Braxton Miller's performance in Mobile and a Browns employee's note-taking.To read more or comment...
The Browns announced their previously reported hiring of defensive coordinator Ray Horton on Friday.
Horton returns to the role he held with the Browns in 2013.
Below is the news release from the team.
BEREA, Ohio – Cleveland Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson announced that Ray Horton will rejoin the team as defensive coordinator. Horton has been an NFL defensive coordinator the past five seasons, including the 2013 season when he served as the Browns defensive coordinator. He has coached in the NFL the past 22 seasons following a 10-year playing career as a defensive back. As a player and coach, he has made it to the Super Bowl five times, where he has three wins.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Hue Jackson announced Friday he'll call the offense's plays and he's completed his offensive and special teams coaching staffs.
As expected, Jackson didn't hire an offensive coordinator because he has wanted to call the plays all along. No one holds the title of quarterbacks coach, either, though Jackson made it clear associate head coach-offense Pep Hamilton will handle those duties.
Below is the news release from the team.
BEREA, Ohio – Cleveland Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson has completed his offensive and special teams coaching staffs.To read more or comment...
Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown revealed the franchise fined Johnny Manziel at the end of the 2015 season, but he insisted the new regime won't rush to a verdict on the troubled quarterback's future.
"What we expect is Johnny to have a good offseason and come back and be ready to go," Brown said Thursday while meeting with the media at team headquarters. "We're not in any panic to make any decision one way or another on him. He understands what's ahead of him and what he needs to do to have a career in this league and with the Browns."
Manziel reportedly partied in Las Vegas the night of Jan. 2, three days after the Browns placed him in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Then owner Jimmy Haslam said Manziel failed to show up at team headquarters the morning of Jan. 3 for treatment the Browns require of players in the protocol. Manziel also didn’t attend the regular-season finale the afternoon of Jan. 3 at FirstEnergy Stadium.
"I don't know where Johnny was the final game of the season," Brown said. "I do know he was late for his treatment and he was fined for that, the missed treatment for his concussion protocol."To read more or comment...