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Cleveland advertising agency retires Browns jersey listing all starting quarterbacks since 1999

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 20, 2016

Bye bye bad juju. It's a new day in Cleveland. #RIPTheJersey pic.twitter.com/Yi5OM44Ryo

The Cavaliers killed Cleveland's painful title drought Sunday night, and advertising agency Brokaw Inc. followed suit by retiring the notorious jersey that used to list all of the Browns' starting quarterbacks since 1999 -- an NFL-leading 24 and counting.

Brokaw Inc. tweeted the following announcement Monday: "Bye bye bad juju. It's a new day in Cleveland. #RIPTheJersey." The tweet includes a photograph of the jersey with the quarterbacks' names covered by white tape.

The agency's Tim Brokaw elaborated.

"It's a new day in Cleveland," he told ESPN.com. "We want to be a part of that.

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Joe Haden, other Browns players react to Cavs ending title drought: 'The curse is dead'

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 20, 2016

Click the link for an updated version of this story: Jim Brown to bask in championship parade, says LeBron deserves statue as Browns players of past, present reflect on Cavaliers’ triumph

Browns two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden wrote a heartfelt column for MMQB.com about the significance of the Cavaliers ending Cleveland's major professional sports title drought Sunday night.

It's been nearly 52 years since the Browns defeated the Baltimore Colts 27-0 in the NFL championship game on Dec. 27, 1964, at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. The wait for another title finally ended with LeBron James and the Cavs rallying from a 3-1 series deficit and defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena.

Now the modern-day Browns are fantasizing about following the lead of the Cavs and restoring glory to a once-proud football franchise.

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Cleveland Browns training camp: Previewing position battles on offense (podcast)

By Dan Kadar Published: June 14, 2016
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On this week's Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com podcast, we look ahead to some of the position battles that could take place on offense.

Of course, things on offense start with the quarterback. Robert Griffin III is on track to be the starting quarterback, even though head coach Hue Jackson said he won't make an earth-shattering announcement about the starter between now and the start of training camp in late July. Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich says if Griffin isn't the starter, it's because of his own play. Behind Griffin, things are interesting with Luke McCown, Austin Davis, Connor Shaw and rookie Cody Kessler on the roster. Kessler's success in training camp specifically could spell doom for McCown.

MORE: Browns coach Hue Jackson to hold quarterback derby in training camp but wants everyone to know Robert Griffin III finished spring practices with bang

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The Fifth Quarter: Browns DBs coach on Joe Haden's return: 'I expect him to be back in the Pro Bowl'

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 9, 2016

Almost every day I spend covering the Browns at team headquarters, FirstEnergy Stadium or on the road, there are too many news items, notes and observations to fit into the newspaper. So this blog is designed to feature the nuggets that don't appear in print. They're like deleted scenes on a Blu-ray/DVD or the youth football players who ride the pine during the game but get to shine afterward in an extra session often called "The Fifth Quarter."

Here are some leftovers from the third and final practice of mandatory minicamp held Thursday in Berea.

Time to rebound

When defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi followed defensive coordinator Ray Horton back to Cleveland, where they spent the 2013 season coaching the Browns, cornerback Joe Haden reached out right away.

"The first person I talked to was obviously Coach [Hue] Jackson," Cioffi said. "The second text I got was from Joe. He was extremely excited that we are back together."

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Browns sign third-round draft pick Cody Kessler, tryout kicker Patrick Murray

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 9, 2016

The Browns signed quarterback Cody Kessler to his rookie contract, the team announced Thursday.

They also signed kicker Patrick Murray, who tried out for them this week during mandatory minicamp, and waived undrafted rookie wide receiver Dennis Parks.

Kessler, a third-round draft pick (No. 93 overall) from the University of Southern California, received a four-year deal worth about $3.4 million, which includes about $1.1 million guaranteed with a signing bonus of about $660,000, a league source confirmed.

The Browns have signed 12 of their 14 draft picks. Only defensive end Carl Nassib (third round) and outside linebacker Joe Schobert (fourth round) have yet to sign.

As an undrafted rookie, Murray spent the 2014 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He made 20-of-24 field goals and all 31 extra-point kicks. But he was on injured reserve all of last season and cut by the Bucs last month.

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The Fifth Quarter: Browns QB Robert Griffin III reflects on sign he left in locker in Washington

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 8, 2016

Almost every day I spend covering the Browns at team headquarters, FirstEnergy Stadium or on the road, there are too many news items, notes and observations to fit into the newspaper. So this blog is designed to feature the nuggets that don't appear in print. They're like deleted scenes on a Blu-ray/DVD or the youth football players who ride the pine during the game but get to shine afterward in an extra session often called "The Fifth Quarter."

Here are some leftovers from the second practice of mandatory minicamp held Wednesday in Berea.

Blast from the past

When Browns projected starting quarterback Robert Griffin III exited Washington, where he experienced one of the most drastic rises and falls in NFL history, he left a small sign in his locker encouraging forgiveness and perseverance.

RG3 cleared out his locker today, save for this note. pic.twitter.com/rjcKheHHSN

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Remembering the Browns’ Bryan Wiedmeier and his trip to Rome

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 7, 2016

During my December 2012 interview with Browns executive vice president Bryan Wiedmeier about his diagnosis of Stage IV brain cancer, he mentioned he was planning a trip to Rome for his wife Mary and their five children. I spent a week there in 2005 and had faithfully kept notes in a diary. I offered to go through it and send him a list of things to see and restaurants to consider and he enthusiastically accepted.

Here’s what I wrote him about my choice of lodging, Hotel Smeraldo. (I saved the email because I thought others might want some tips.)

“Between Campo di Fiori and Largo Argentina. Clean, quiet, a great bargain and has air conditioning (it was over 90 every day we were there). Rooms not all that big. Bathroom nice marble, but tiny box of a shower was a challenge. Think a lot of business travelers stay there. Massimo, who runs the place, is a fountain of information. Hated to say goodbye to him.”

I suggested pricier locations that might seem fitting for the trip of a lifetime, especially on an NFL executive’s salary.

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The Fifth Quarter: Autographs, paintballs, go karts, karate moves with Browns' big kid Danny Shelton

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 7, 2016

Almost every day I spend covering the Browns at team headquarters, FirstEnergy Stadium or on the road, there are too many news items, notes and observations to fit into the newspaper. So this blog is designed to feature the nuggets that don't appear in print.    They're like deleted scenes on a Blu-ray/DVD or the youth football players who ride the pine during the game but get to shine afterward in an extra session often called "The Fifth Quarter."

Here are some leftovers from the first practice of mandatory minicamp held Tuesday in Berea.

The big kid

Nose tackle Danny Shelton is doing something cool for fans who bought his No. 71 jersey last year because he switched this offseason to No. 55 as a tribute to his late brother.

Shelton has vowed to hold autograph signings in Cleveland and his home state of Washington for fans who purchased No. 71. Anyone who bought the jersey and can't attend one of the meet-and-greet sessions can mail Shelton his or her jersey, whereupon he'll sign it and send it back. The dates of the autograph signings have yet to be finalized.

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