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Browns to host NFL Draft watch party in the Muni Lot

By Ohio.com staff Published: March 30, 2017

The Browns will host a NFL Draft watch party from 6 to 11 p.m. on April 27 in the  Muni Lot. The team announced the event on Thursday. 

The Draft Tailgate will feature food trucks and appearances from current and former players. This event is free but registration is required.

For more information visit the team's website

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Is the door open for a Josh Gordon return? Why the Browns are getting new uniforms (podcast)

By Dan Kadar Published: March 29, 2017

This week on the Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com podcast, Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich joins from Arizona and the NFL owners meetings.

We cover some of the news that happened at the event, including a renewed discussion about wide receiver Josh Gordon. Is the door open for the veteran wide receiver to return, or are the Browns shopping him publicly?

MORE: Cam Erving to move from center, compete for starting right tackle job, coach Hue Jackson says

Speaking of open negotiations, head coach Hue Jackson said he won't trade the No. 1 pick in the draft for a quarterback, but he would consider moving the No. 12 pick. Nate makes sense of Jackson's comments on that and his thoughts on probable No. 1 pick Myles Garrett.

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Browns re-sign 'the Pierogi Prince of Parma' Jamie Meder

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 28, 2017

"The Pierogi Prince of Parma" will return to his hometown team.

The Browns announced they re-signed defensive lineman and Parma Heights native Jamie Meder on Tuesday. He was an exclusive-rights free agent.

Meder's blocked field goal on Christmas Eve helped the Browns defeat the Chargers 20-17 and avoid a dreaded 0-16 season.

After the Browns' first and only win last season, left tackle Joe Thomas praised Meder and let the world know his nickname is "the Pierogi Prince of Parma."

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Browns to host Ohio State CB Gareon Conley on pre-draft visit same day QB Mitch Trubisky to work out

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 28, 2017

The Browns will host Ohio State cornerback and Massillon High School graduate Gareon Conley on an official pre-draft visit Friday at their headquarters, an NFL source told the Beacon Journal on Tuesday.

The organization will privately work out North Carolina quarterback and Mentor native Mitchell Trubisky the same day at its facility in Berea, another league source confirmed.

In addition to hosting as many as 30 prospects for official pre-draft visits and traveling throughout the country to conduct private workouts, the Browns invite prospects who grew up in the Cleveland area or played at local colleges to work out at their facility every year before the draft. Because Trubisky is from Mentor, he can work out for the Browns and visit them in one fell swoop on local prospects day without counting as one of their 30 official pre-draft visits.

Unlike Trubisky, Conley won't participate in the Browns' local prospect day by working out. Conley's meeting with the Browns will count as one of their 30 official pre-draft visits, a source said.

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Browns coach Hue Jackson hasn't given up on trading for QB, plus much more from NFL owners meetings

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 28, 2017

Browns coach Hue Jackson met with reporters for an hour during the NFL owners meetings Tuesday in Phoenix and discussed the franchise's quest for a quarterback along with several other topics.

Here are some of the highlights:

1. Jackson made it clear the Browns haven't given up on possibly trading for a veteran quarterback such as New England Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo or Cincinnati Bengals backup AJ McCarron.

"Until we have the guy that we feel comfortable with, that will be the face of our franchise, play quarterback the way we want them to play, we're going to keep searching," Jackson said. "It doesn't mean you're going to always get it. I think we're going to keep on trying until we can get that guy. But if we can't, then we have to continue to coach the guys that we have. But there's all kind of ways to do this. I think we all know. There's the draft that's coming up. There's trade opportunities hopefully. I think we'll exhaust every opportunity as we move forward."

Asked about Garoppolo, Jackson said, "We're going to do anything and everything we think we can, but I can't comment on other teams' players at this point."

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Browns sign offensive lineman Matt McCants

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 27, 2017

The Browns signed offensive lineman Matt McCants on Monday.

McCants, 6-foot-5 and 309 pounds, will enter his fifth NFL season in the fall.

Drafted by the New York Giants in 2012 in the sixth round out of Alabama-Birmingham, McCants has appeared in 30 career games with three starts, all as a rookie.

McCants, 27, was waived by the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 26 during his fourth season with them. The Browns claimed him off waivers from the Raiders two days later but cut him Dec. 9. He finished last season by appearing in two games with the Chicago Bears, who claimed him off waivers from the Browns.

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Report: Suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon hopes NFL rules on reinstatement in month or so

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 24, 2017

The NFL could rule on suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's bid for reinstatement into the league in a month or so, ESPN reported Friday.

ESPN's Dan Graziano reported unnamed sources said the expectation is that the NFL will make a decision on Gordon by late April or early May.

An NFL spokesman said the league does not have a comment on the report.

When a banished player like Gordon files for reinstatement, the league usually attempts to gather the necessary information to make a ruling within 60 days of receiving the application, but there is no requirement to deliver a decision in that time frame. Gordon's business manager, Michael Johnson, told ESPN on March 1 his client would apply for reinstatement.

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Browns have already conducted private workouts with QBs DeShone Kizer, Patrick Mahomes, per report

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 24, 2017

The Browns have had or will have private workouts with all of this year's top draft prospects.

Top-rated quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina, Deshaun Watson of Clemson, DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame and Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech are included in the group. So is Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, whom the Browns are expected to draft first overall on April 27.

NFL Network reported Friday the Browns have already conducted private workouts with Kizer and Mahomes. Cleveland.com added a workout with Garrett has happened, too.

Neither coach Hue Jackson nor head of football operations Sashi Brown attended the pro days of Trubisky, Watson and Kizer. The Browns sent members of their scouting department to those events, but the organization's top decision makers weren't there because they value private QB workouts more than scripted pro days. So Jackson and Brown will also likely skip Mahomes' pro day March 31.

In addition to working out the top prospects, the Browns are expected to host them for official pre-draft visits to team headquarters in Berea.

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Why the Browns might prefer Mitchell Trubisky to Deshaun Watson in the NFL Draft; free agency update

By Dan Kadar Published: March 22, 2017

The Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com podcast is back, and the buzz is pro days. Specifically, Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich has been closely watching and analyzing the pro days of quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky and Deshaun Watson.

After talking about the importance of pro days, and the Browns' involvement in them, Nate offers and explanation for why the team might be preferring Trubisky over Watson. All of the reasons make sense, so if you disagree, let us know why in the comments.

This video could be the proverbial smoking gun indicating who head coach Hue Jackson prefers:

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Browns' search for safety continues as Bradley McDougald reportedly strikes deal with Seahawks

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 22, 2017

The Browns are still seeking help at safety after another one declined to join them in free agency.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting safety Bradley McDougald struck a one-year, $2 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, NFL Network reported.

McDougald, who's from the Columbus area, visited the Seahawks last week. He also visited the Browns on Monday.

Then he chose the Seahawks' offer instead of the Browns' offer, even though he'll presumably be a backup behind standout safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas in Seattle and would have been a virtual lock to start for the Browns.

The Browns also pursued former Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson when free agency kicked off two weeks ago. But Jefferson told the Monday Morning Quarterback website he signed with the Baltimore Ravens despite the Browns and New York Jets offering him $1.5 million more per season than the Ravens did.

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Browns host tight end Kellen Davis on free-agent visit

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 21, 2017

The Browns hosted tight end Kellen Davis on a free-agent visit Tuesday, a person familiar with the meeting confirmed.

ESPN first reported the visit.

Davis spent the 2013 offseason with the Browns, but they cut him a week before the regular-season opener.

Davis, 31, spent the past two seasons with the New York Jets. He started seven of the eight games in which he appeared last season without recording a catch.

In nine NFL seasons with the Jets, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears, Davis has compiled 53 catches for 579 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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Browns prioritize private workouts over pro days, as evidenced by approach to Mitchell Trubisky

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 21, 2017

The Browns have made a statement during the pre-draft process: They value private workouts with prospects more than scripted pro days.

Although the Browns were represented by scouts Tuesday at North Carolina's pro day to watch quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and other players, neither coach Hue Jackson nor head of football operations Sashi Brown was part of the team's contingent in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The franchise, though, has had and will continue to have private workouts with the top draft prospects. The group includes top-rated quarterbacks Trubisky, a Mentor native, and Deshaun Watson of Clemson. Jackson and Brown were absent from Watson's pro day last week, but the organization was represented there, too.

All 32 NFL teams were at Trubisky's pro day, but no head coaches showed up, according to the News and Observer. John Lynch of the San Francisco 49ers and Kevin Colbert of the Pittsburgh Steelers were the only general managers in attendance, per NFL Network.

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Browns host safety Bradley McDougald on free-agent visit

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 20, 2017

The Browns could turn to safety Bradley McDougald to address a dire need on their defense.

The organization recently hosted McDougald on a free-agent visit, a person familiar with the meeting confirmed Monday. ESPN first reported the rendezvous.

McDougald, a Columbus native, has been a full-time starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the past two seasons.

He started all 16 games last season and compiled 91 tackles, 10 passes defensed and two interceptions. He started 15 of the 16 games in which he appeared in 2015 and tallied 87 tackles, four passes defensed and two interceptions. He started five of his 15 games in 2014 and racked up 50 tackles, seven passes defensed and an interception.

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Browns sign kicker Brett Maher

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 20, 2017

The Browns added competition for incumbent kicker Cody Parkey by signing Brett Maher on Monday.

Maher spent the past three seasons in the Canadian Football League, playing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Ottawa Redblacks and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He made 41-of-50 field goals last season for Hamilton.

Maher, 27, has never appeared in an NFL regular-season game. He signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent from Nebraska in 2013 and also spent time with the Dallas Cowboys.

Parkey, 25, made 20-of-25 field goals and 20-of-21 extra points last season for the Browns.

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Dabo Swinney doesn't back down from Deshaun Watson-Michael Jordan comparison at Clemson's pro day

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 16, 2017

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney doubled down on the claim he made in January that the Browns forgoing national championship-winning quarterback Deshaun Watson in April's draft would be akin to passing on Michael Jordan.

"Some of the media folks got mad at me because I said if you pass on him you’re passing on Michael Jordan. But I don’t know how to articulate the type of greatness that’s inside of him," Swinney said Thursday during Clemson's pro day, according to the Charlotte Observer. "And for me that’s what Michael Jordan represents because that’s what I grew up with.

"I’m sure when Michael Jordan was coming out of North Carolina his 3-pointer wasn’t very good. And he probably had some flaws, whatever, when you start poking holes on him. But it’s who he was, that will, that drive. You can’t coach that and that’s what I want to make sure I articulate. This guy is brilliant between the ears and he’s special in his heart."

All 32 NFL teams were represented at Clemson's pro day, but neither coach Hue Jackson nor head of football operations Sashi Brown were part of the Browns' contingent.

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Browns LB Christian Kirksey earns performance-based bonus and is in line for contract extension

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 16, 2017

Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey earned a performance-based bonus for his breakout 2016 season, and he's in line to receive a contract extension from the franchise.

On Thursday, the NFL announced Kirksey will receive $84,154.17 from the veteran performance-based compensation pool.

The NFL's performance-based pay program compensates players based on their playing time and salary levels. The NFL Players Association also elected to dedicate $32 million in benefits ($1 million per NFL team) to fund a veteran performance-based compensation pool. According to the league, a combined $159.84 million will be disbursed to players from the pools.

Only six players earned more than Kirksey from the veteran performance-based compensation pool.

Kirksey, 24, became a full-time starter last year, started all 16 games and provided a bright spot on a dismal defense. He finished third in the NFL with 148 tackles and tallied 2.5 sacks and three passes defensed.

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Browns claim wide receiver James Wright off waivers from Bengals

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 14, 2017

The Browns claimed wide receiver James Wright off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday.

Wright, 25, will enter his fourth NFL season in the fall.

A seventh-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2014, the Louisiana State University product has started two of the 24 games in which he's appeared and compiled 18 receptions for 197 yards and five rushes for 24 yards.

Wright, 6-foot and 203 pounds, has registered 16 career special-teams tackles.

Wright suffered a knee injury late in the 2014 season, had microfracture surgeryand missed the entire 2015 season.

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Terrelle Pryor leaves Browns in free agency to sign 1-year, $8 million deal with Washington

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 10, 2017

Click the link for an updated version of this story: Terrelle Pryor leaves Browns to sign one-year contract with Washington

Former Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is signing a one-year, $8 million contract with Washington, ESPN reported Friday.

Washington later announced it signed Pryor.

"I'm happy to be here," Pryor said in a video posted on Washington's Twitter account. "I'm happy to make some plays for you guys and make some big-time plays. Let's go."

Once free agency kicked off Thursday, the Browns thought there was still a chance Pryor would re-sign with them, but they also considered it unlikely.

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Browns to cut quarterback Robert Griffin III on Friday

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 10, 2017

Click the link for an updated version of the story: Another chapter in Browns quarterback saga ends with release of Robert Griffin III 

The Browns will cut quarterback Robert Griffin III on Friday, a person familiar with the situation confirmed.

ESPN first reported the news.

The move comes as no surprise. The Browns would have owed Griffin a roster bonus of $750,000 had he been on their roster Saturday.

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Agent says farewell message on Jimmy Garoppolo's Instagram account result of hacking

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 10, 2017
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With so many people wondering whether the Browns can convince the New England Patriots to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, a farewell to Boston social media post on the player's Instagram post is sure to create a stir.

That's exactly what happened early Friday morning when a photograph of Garoppolo was posted to his Instagram account with the following caption: "So grateful for my time in New England. Peace out Boston."

But ... not so fast. The post was deleted later Friday morning, and Garoppolo's agent Donald Yee told NFL Network, "Jimmy's social media account was hacked."

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Free-agent Terrelle Pryor leaves visit with Washington without deal, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 10, 2017

Click the link for an updated version of this story: Terrelle Pryor leaves Browns to sign one-year contract with Washington

Free-agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor met with Washington for dinner Thursday night but left without a deal, the Washington Post reported Friday morning.

Pryor will continue to keep his options available in the open market, according to the report.

The Browns haven’t ruled out re-signing Pryor, but they also think it’s unlikely he’ll return to them.

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Browns take on QB Brock Osweiler's contract, pick up 2018 second-round pick in trade with Texans

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 9, 2017

Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns add second-round draft pick to ammunition they could use in pitch for Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo

The Browns made a trade Thursday to take on Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler's $16 million salary and pick up a 2018 second-round draft pick, a person familiar with the move confirmed.

ESPN first reported the move

The Browns also swapped a fourth-round pick this year for a 2017 sixth-round selection from the Texans.

The Texans saved $16 million in cash and $10 million in salary-cap space with the trade and want to pursue former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

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Browns expected to sign Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler to five-year, $60 million contract

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 9, 2017

Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns bolster interior of offensive line by striking deals with top-rated guard Kevin Zeitler, center J.C. Tretter

The Browns are expected to sign Cincinnati Bengals right guard Kevin Zeitler, a league source confirmed Thursday.

Zeitler will receive five-year, $60 million contract, which includes $31.5 million guaranteed, ESPN first reported.

Free agency officially opens at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Zeitler, 26, is considered the top offensive lineman and one of the most coveted players at any position in free agency this year. He's listed second on ProFootballFocus.com's list of the top-50 free agents and eighth on NFL.com's list of the top-101 free agents.

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Browns to sign Green Bay Packers center J.C. Tretter, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 9, 2017

Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns bolster interior of offensive line by striking deals with top-rated guard Kevin Zeitler, center J.C. Tretter

The Browns will sign Green Bay Packers center J.C. Tretter, NFL Network reported Thursday.

Tretter, 26, would fill the Browns' urgent need for a starting center.

Free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Tretter has dealt with injuries throughout his career but has played well when healthy. He started all seven games in which he appeared last season before suffering a sprained MCL. He had knee surgery in January. 

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Browns lock up starting left guard Joel Bitonio with contract extension

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 9, 2017

Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns bolster interior of offensive line by striking deals with top-rated guard Kevin Zeitler, center J.C. Tretter

The Browns signed starting left guard Joel Bitonio to a multi-year contract extension on Thursday.

The five-year deal is worth $51 million and includes $23 million guaranteed. Bitonio will be under contract through the 2022 season.

"It’s important for us to identify the young talented players on our roster, who fit our culture and make sure they remain Cleveland Browns," head of football operations Sashi Brown said in a news release. "Joel has proven that he is a smart, tough, physical football player and we view him as one of the best young linemen in this league. He exemplifies what we look for in a young leader on and off the field. We are excited to keep him here to be part of our foundation for a number of years to come."

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Browns expected to sign WR Kenny Britt to four-year, $32.5 million deal, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 9, 2017

The Browns are expected to sign Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt to a four-year, $32.5 million contract with $17 million guaranteed on Thursday.

The NFL's free-agency negotiating period opened at noon Tuesday, but players cannot sign deals with new teams until free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Britt, 28, had career highs in catches (68) and receiving yards (1,002) last season to go along with five touchdowns. He started all 15 games in which he appeared.

The Browns already had their own 1,000-yard receiver in Terrelle Pryor, and they want him back. But he's set to hit the open market when free agency kicks off and has other suitors.

The Philadelphia Eagles had been in the running to sign Britt, but now the Browns have an agreement with him. The New England Patriots, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills pursued Britt as well.

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Safety Tony Jefferson expected to sign with Ravens after Browns pursued him, according to reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 8, 2017

It's bad enough the Browns have grown accustomed to losing to the Baltimore Ravens during the season.

Now apparently it's on the verge of happening in the offseason.

Arizona Cardinals strong safety Tony Jefferson is expected to sign with the Ravens despite the Browns offering the impending unrestricted free agent more money, NFL Network reported Wednesday night. ESPN also reported Jefferson is expected to sign with the Ravens.

Earlier Wednesday, a league source told the Beacon Journal the Browns, who went 1-15 last season, had expressed interest in Jefferson, 25.

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Jumping into the Cleveland Browns and free agency and reviewing the NFL Scouting Combine (podcast)

By Dan Kadar Published: March 8, 2017

The Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com podcast is back, and this week Nate Ulrich and Dan Kadar have a lot of Cleveland Browns news to talk about.

The Browns are running out of options at quarterback with Tyrod Taylor being kept by the Bills, the Patriots likely keeping Jimmy Garoppolo and Mike Glennon commanding top dollar on the open market. We start this week's show discussing what's next for the Browns at quarterback.

MORE: Tyrod Taylor no longer logical option for Browns because Bills keeping him on restructured deal

The NFL's free agency period is opening, and the Browns are flush with cash. Because of that, they're associated with many of the top free agents available. On this week's show, we go over some of the players associated with the team, including guard Kevin Zeitler, safeties A.J. Bouye and Jonathan Cyprien and fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Do the Browns have any chance of signing them, or are players and agents using the Browns as a negotiating ploy with other teams?

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Browns express interest in impending free-agent safety Tony Jefferson

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 8, 2017

Click the link for an updated version of this story: Safety Tony Jefferson expected to sign with Ravens after Browns pursued him, according to reports

Safety is a glaring need for the Browns, and they're targeting one of the NFL's better players at the position.

The Browns have expressed interest in Arizona Cardinals strong safety Tony Jefferson, a league source said Wednesday. Jefferson is an impending unrestricted free agent, and the Browns are desperate for stability at safety after starting five players there last season.

The NFL's free-agency negotiating period opened at noon Tuesday, but player contracts cannot be executed with new teams until free agency begins at 4 p.m. Thursday.

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Tyrod Taylor no longer logical option for Browns because Bills keeping him on restructured deal

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 8, 2017

Cross Tyrod Taylor's name off the list of quarterbacks who could end up with the Browns this offseason.

The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday they are keeping their starter on a restructured contract.

Taylor's future with the Bills had been in question because options in his previous contract were scheduled to trigger about $31 million in guarantees this weekend.

The Buffalo News reported Taylor's new five-year deal includes a $7 million signing bonus and reduces his $16 million salary-cap number for this year to just under $10 million.

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Cloverleaf High School graduate Kyle Juszczyk drawing interest from several teams, including Browns

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 8, 2017

Several NFL teams had strong interest in signing Baltimore Ravens impending unrestricted free-agent fullback and Cloverleaf High School graduate Kyle Juszczyk, a league source said Wednesday.

Juszczyk's hometown Browns were among the suitors, but he plans to sign with the San Francisco 49ers, ESPN reported. His deal with the 49ers will be for four years and worth $21 million, according to NFL Network.

The free-agency negotiating period opened at noon Tuesday, but player contracts cannot be executed with new teams until free agency begins at 4 p.m. Thursday. 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said last week at the NFL Scouting Combine the team had been negotiating with Juszczyk, otherwise known as "Juice," and its other top soon-to-be free agents in an effort to keep them.

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Myles Garrett continues to build case for Browns to pick him at No. 1 with impressive 40-yard dash

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 5, 2017

Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett's performance Sunday in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine will only increase the buzz about him being the favorite to be drafted first overall by the Browns on April 27.

Garrett posted an official time of 4.64 seconds in the 40. His unofficial times were 4.64 and 4.74 seconds. Garrett, 6-foot-4 1/2 and 272 pounds, had unofficial 10-yard splits of 1.63 and 1.69 seconds.

"Hello, Cleveland," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said during the telecast after Garrett's first attempt in the 40.

To say Garrett's 40 times generated excitement on social media would be an understatement.

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Myles Garrett clocks a 4.64u 40-yard dash! #NFLCombine on @nflnetwork https://t.co/RUv4SutWHh

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Highlights and videos from Browns coach Hue Jackson's media availability at NFL Scouting Combine

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 2, 2017

Browns coach Hue Jackson spoke Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Below are some highlights and videos.

#Browns coach Hue Jackson said next two months are very critical, opportunity to impact our team

#Browns coach Hue Jackson reiterates arm talent, ability to process football, lead organization most important qualities for QBs

#Browns coach Hue Jackson said team will be hands on with QB prospects at pro days like it was last year

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Exec Sashi Brown not taking Myles Garrett, Deshaun Watson joking at Browns' expense 'too seriously'

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 1, 2017

Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown doesn't sound like a man who's holding grudges against Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett or Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson for joking at Cleveland's expense.

Garrett has said he doesn’t want to play in a cold-weather city, and in a video shot by ESPN, the Arlington, Texas, native begged the Dallas Cowboys to trade with the Browns so he could play for his hometown team. Watson also joked during an awards ceremony last week that the Cowboys should trade with the Browns for him and poked fun at their quarterback situation by declaring "they need two."

Brown was asked Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine whether the comments would affect his decisions about whether to draft Garrett and Watson.

"I don't think you can take some of this stuff too serious," Brown said. "We're realistic about where we are as a brand and a roster. More importantly, I think these are young men who are eager to play in the NFL. They want to go different places, perhaps, but I think more importantly for them, you just can't take it too seriously. Obviously, it's been well documented and explained.

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Highlights from Browns exec Sashi Brown's media session at NFL Scouting Combine

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 1, 2017

Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown spoke to reporters Wednesday during the NFL Scouting Combine.

Below are some highlights.

 

#Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown just finished speaking at #NFLCombine. Will tweet some highlights.

#Browns exec Sashi Brown said team has meetings set with Terrelle Pryor's agents, wouldn't say whether he'd tag him

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Suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon to apply for reinstatement, business manager tells ESPN

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 1, 2017

Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns notebook: Sashi Brown says team hasn’t even discussed "complicated process" of Josh Gordon trying to re-enter NFL

Suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will apply for reinstatement into the NFL on Wednesday, his business manager Michael Johnson told ESPN.

Gordon has missed 43 of the past 48 games because of recurring violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. He hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game since Dec. 21, 2014, and it's unknown whether Commissioner Roger Goodell will reinstate him.

He was on the brink of returning from a four-game suspension to play for the Browns Oct. 9 against the New England Patriots when he announced Sept. 29 he would instead step away from his comeback attempt to enter inpatient rehabilitation. Gordon's third known trip to rehab lasted 30 days and began on the heels of him becoming entangled in a paternity case.

"Josh is living with me and is in the best place mentally that he has been in dating back years before entering the NFL," Johnson told ESPN. "He has taken the proper steps to treat his issues and has followed a very strict protocol that the league and our team here has laid out for him.

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As Browns hunt for QB, ESPN reports Patriots not expected to trade Jimmy Garoppolo

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 1, 2017

Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns feel urgency to find next starting QB, but Jimmy Garoppolo now appears to be less realistic option

If the Browns want Jimmy Garoppolo to be their next starting quarterback, they're going to need to present the New England Patriots with an offer they can't refuse.

Then again, perhaps no such offer exists in the mind of Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Citing unnamed NFL sources, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday the Patriots are not expected to trade Garoppolo.

The emergence of the report as the NFL Scouting Combine kicks off in Indianapolis could mean Belichick is upping the ante. It also could mean Belichick really wants to hang onto Garoppolo as a backup and heir apparent to Tom Brady, who'll turn 40 in August.

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