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The Cleveland Browns announced the signing of rookies Vince Mayle and Hayes Pullard on Monday.
The team has now signed 10 of its 12 draft picks. Only third-round pick Duke Johnson and fourth-round pick Ibraheim Campbell remain unsigned.To read more or comment...
The Browns have parted ways with player personnel associate Jon Sandusky, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Monday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team didn't formally announce the move.
Sandusky's contract recently expired, and the Browns decided not to renew it.
The former right-hand man of ex-Browns General Manager Tom Heckert, Sandusky spent five seasons with the organization, including the first four as director of player personnel. Browns GM Ray Farmer demoted Sandusky in June 2014, when he hired Morocco Brown as vice president of player personnel.
Before joining the Browns in 2010, Sandusky spent nine seasons working in the personnel department of the Philadelphia Eagles.To read more or comment...
The Browns signed both of their first-round picks from the recent NFL Draft -- nose tackle Danny Shelton and offensive lineman Cameron Erving -- on Friday, the team announced.
The four-year contracts include a team option for a fifth season. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
The Browns picked Shelton 12th overall and Erving 19th overall on April 30.
The Browns have now signed eight of their league-high 12 picks in this year's draft, including outside linebacker Nate Orchard (second round), defensive end Xavier Cooper (third round), cornerback Charles Gaines (sixth round), fullback Malcolm Johnson (sixth round), tight end Randall Telfer (sixth round) and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (seventh round).To read more or comment...
Former Sunday Night Football play-by-play caller Mike Patrick will team up with Solomon Wilcots to call the Browns preseason games on WEWS NewsChannel 5.
The team announced the addition Friday. Read the full news release below:
BEREA, Ohio: Mike Patrick’s memories of the Browns start with Jim Brown and Bobby Mitchell, and he was in the broadcast booth for the team’s official return in 1999.
His connection to the franchise will continue in 2015 when he teams with Solomon Wilcots to call three of Cleveland’s preseason games on WEWS NewsChannel 5. ESPN will broadcast the Browns’ Aug. 20 game against Buffalo at FirstEnergy Stadium.To read more or comment...
The Browns signed cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, an All-American at Oregon and the team's seventh-round pick, the team announced in a release on Thursday.
Ekpre-Olomu is the sixth of the Browns' 12 draft picks to sign, joining outside linebacker, Nate Orchard, defensive lineman Xavier Cooper, cornerback Charles Gaines and tight ends Malcolm Johnson and Randall Telfer.
Ekpre-Olomu was a first-team All-American for the Ducks the past two seasons and was a third-team All-American in 2012.
In four seasons at Oregon, Ekpre-Olomu had 141 tackles, 31 passes defended and nine interceptions. In December he suffered a knee injury leading up to the Rose Bowl. Prior to the injury Ekpre-Olomu was expected to be taken high in the draft.To read more or comment...
On Monday, the Browns signed cornerback Charles Gaines, a sixth-round pick in this year's NFL Draft, along with eight players who participated in their recent rookie minicamp on a tryout basis and waived four others, including veteran kicker Garrett Hartley.
The Browns outlined the roster moves in the following news release:
The Cleveland Browns on Monday signed sixth round pick DB Charles Gaines. In addition, the team signed eight players who participated in the club’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. General Manager Ray Farmer made the announcement.
To make room on the roster, the Browns waived WR Phil Bates, K Garrett Hartley, DB Varmah Sonie and DL Christian Tupou. Cleveland’s roster is at the offseason maximum of 90 players.
Gaines is third of the Browns’ 12 draft picks to sign.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Saturday following the second practice of rookie minicamp. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
On WR Vince Mayle having a broken thumb and if that’s going to be an issue: “We’re going to address it after this camp. It should not be an issue in the fall. We wanted him to come out, just see how it was, test it. Found out real quick yesterday that there’s still some lingering pain there. So, we’re going to go ahead and get it corrected.”
On if Mayle had surgery on his thumb: “I don’t know exactly what he did to treat it, whether they thought it could heal without surgery. I know it bothered him some at the Combine. Like I said, we were going to just let him come out here and see how it was, and if he experienced any discomfort, then we would just go ahead and let him get through the camp, not throw to him. Then, let him go ahead and get it fixed right after. We expect him back full for training camp.”
On Mayle wearing a red jersey during practice and if he’s worried about Mayle running around even without trying to catch: “He’s getting surgery on it. Anything he did today, we could more than likely fix it.”To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Friday following the first practice of rookie minicamp. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
On if he’s memorized all of the tryout players’ names: “I’ve got my trusty laminated card that’s helped me. It doesn’t help with the double numbers (laughter).”
On what he does when he’s around so many new players: “It’s a win-win. We give guys an opportunity to come out here that maybe fell through the cracks with a lot of the tryout guys and it allows us to do 11-on-11 work. Like we found last year, we found three guys that made the 53 in this. It’s just great to be able to get these guys on film and get them evaluated.”
On what it’s like seeing the drafted players on the field at the Browns’ facility for the first time and if there is anything he’s looking for in particular: “No because we know things are always a little bit slow in the beginning. They’re kind of slowed down trying to process. We don’t get too wrapped up into it, but I think with pretty much every guy that we drafted, at some point during today's practice, there was a moment of, ‘Oh, that’s why we drafted him.’”To read more or comment...