Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron is on a mission to convince the NFL that he has been underrated throughout the pre-draft process.
The Browns are receiving his sales pitch. They're conducting a private workout with McCarron today, and he'll visit the team's headquarters next week, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal this morning. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns aren't revealing their itinerary for pre-draft workouts and visits.
If the Browns don’t draft a quarterback fourth overall on May 8, they’ll certainly target one, if not two, later. They have 10 picks, including five in the first three rounds and seven in the first four rounds.
NFLDraftScout.com projects McCarron as a third- or fourth-round pick, though he has a much higher opinion of himself.To read more or comment...
Cleveland Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich is back on the Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com podcast this week talking about the signing of fullback Chris Pressley. Does it change the offense or make it more all-weather like head coach Mike Pettine prefers? He also breaks down the Alex Mack contract and if the team's draft plan is any clearer.To read more or comment...
Browns Pro Bowl center Alex Mack is relieved the drama caused by his contract situation ended last week.
Mack met with reporters today at the team’s headquarters to discuss the resolution of the ordeal.
After failing to strike a long-term deal with Mack, the Browns placed a transition tag on him last month to prevent him from hitting the open market as an unrestricted free agent. The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Mack to a five-year, $42 million offer sheet on Friday, but the Browns didn’t hesitate to match it and retain him.
Mack’s new deal includes $26 million guaranteed and gives him the right to void the contract and become a free agent after the 2015 season. The contract was designed to ensure Mack, 28, would not be susceptible to being tagged if he voids the deal after two seasons, and it also contains a no-trade provision. He is scheduled to make $18 million guaranteed in the first two years, and another $8 million guaranteed if he stays with the Browns for a third season.To read more or comment...
Updated at 1:10 p.m.
The Browns have signed Chris Pressley, a traditional fullback they hope will pave the way for running back Ben Tate, an NFL source told the Beacon Journal this morning, speaking on condition of anonymity because the move had yet to be announced.
The Browns later announced the signing this afternoon. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
The 5-foot-10, 249-pound Pressley spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as the Cincinnati Bengals’ No. 1 fullback. However, he suffered a season-ending knee injury Dec. 13, 2012, against the Philadelphia Eagles and did not appear in a game last season.To read more or comment...
Transition-tagged Pro Bowl center Alex Mack has signed a five-year, $42 million offer sheet from the Jacksonville Jaguars today, as expected, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the terms of the deal were not announced.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news. The Jaguars later announced Mack had signed their offer sheet, which was subsequently submitted to the NFL.
The Browns have five days, or until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, to match the offer. If they match, Mack will return to Cleveland under the terms of the deal crafted by his lead agent, Marvin Demoff, and the Jaguars.
The Browns are expected to match the offer, Schefter and ProFootballTalk.com reported Thursday.To read more or comment...
To match or not to match? That is the question the Browns face because transition-tagged Pro Bowl center Alex Mack agreed to terms on an offer sheet from the Jacksonville Jaguars and will sign the five-year deal by Friday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday.
Once Mack signs the offer sheet, the Browns will have five days to match it, and, according to Schefter, the organization won’t hesitate to do so. If the Browns match the offer sheet, Mack will return to Cleveland under the terms of the deal constructed by his lead agent, Marvin Demoff, and the Jaguars.
Citing an unnamed source, Schefter reported this morning that the Browns figure to match the offer sheet “in no time at all.” ProFootballTalk.com also reported “the Browns will likely match the offer.”
Some financial terms of the offer sheet have surfaced.To read more or comment...
The NFL Draft is still about a month away, but the Browns’ new regime will face a crucial decision this week that will affect the organization for years to come.
Browns transition-tagged Pro Bowl center Alex Mack will sign a five-year offer sheet from the Jacksonville Jaguars by Friday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported today. The deal will be designed to make it as difficult as possible for the Browns to match because Mack wants to play for the Jaguars instead of returning to Cleveland, according to the report.
Once Mack signs the offer sheet, the Browns will have five days to match it.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Browns Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas expressed confidence Mack would return to Cleveland when they addressed the media Tuesday night before an advance screening of Draft Day at a Cinemark theater in Valley View.To read more or comment...
Mike Pettine will make his preseason debut as an NFL head coach when the Browns visit the Detroit Lions in the exhibition opener for both teams in August.
The NFL unveiled the preseason opponents for all 32 teams this afternoon.
The Browns will announce specific dates and times for all of their preseason games in the near future. The NFL is also expected to release the regular-season schedule this month.
The Browns will open the preseason on the road against the Lions sometime from Aug. 7-10. Then they’ll visit the Washington Redskins Aug. 18 for a Monday Night Football exhibition game that’ll be nationally televised in prime time on ESPN.To read more or comment...
New Browns wide receiver Nate Burleson is a self-proclaimed “social butterfly,” so it’s not surprising that he went into great detail while discussing several topics Monday during a 20-minute conference call with beat writers.
But leadership is hardly the only subject Burleson addressed. Below are some other highlights from the conversation.
Burleson visited the Miami Dolphins last week before meeting with the Browns on Saturday. Was there any hesitation on Burleson's part to join the Browns because of the firing of coach Rob Chudzinski after he spent just one season on the job and all of the turnover the franchise has undergone?: “No, there wasn’t. I left Miami and at the time I was leaving Miami, they showed some interest. I have some great relationships over there. I sat there and I told them this is a football decision. So from a football standpoint, I have to go take this trip to Cleveland, plain and simple. And that was just me thinking as a football player. And I’m glad that I did. I was able to sit down and talk with everybody from the GM down to the receivers coach, had dinner with the head coach. Just got a great feel for what they’re trying to do. And I think they understood what I wanted to do, and that was win games. At this point in my career, I can either look at it two ways. Year 12, I can say I want to get as many touchdowns and catches as I can, or I can say I want to be productive in a winning program. Injuries have kind of hurt my success over the last couple years in Detroit. In a half season I put up over 400 yards. I’m trying to give Cleveland a healthy Nate Burleson, and a healthy Nate Burleson in 16 games can tap dance around 1,000 yards easily. But more importantly, I can move the chains. Any team can utilize a guy that can move the chains. With the features that they already have and with some of these young guns that they have on this team, I’m just a guy that wants to be a part of it. I’m not going to come in and try to be the man. I just want to be one of the guys that’s part of a great winning program.”To read more or comment...
Browns General Manager Ray Farmer released a statement today about the addition of wide receiver Nate Burleson. On Sunday night, Burleson and the Browns reached an agreement on a one-year contract.
Here is Farmer's statement:
“We’re happy to welcome Nate to the Browns locker room and family. We added Nate because we believe he can play like a Brown, with the added veteran presence that can help young players reach their potential. He's a pro’s pro. He’s the quality-character person that understands the NFL from all angles and sides. He can play, which is evident in his beginning to last season prior to missing time, with production and value. He will improve our roster and overall competition at the wide-receiver position.
“Like we’ve said all along, improving the competition at each position and adding pillars to the roster are important to us. We want guys that embody the needed traits, players who are passionate, tough, relentless, productive, instinctive and competitive -- all of which symbolize what it means to play like a Brown. Nate has competed to earn his opportunities and we’re excited to have him join the Browns.”To read more or comment...
Nate Burleson has been the butt of many pizza-delivery jokes, but the Browns won’t care as long as he delivers for them.
The Browns struck a deal tonight on a one-year contract with Burleson, his agent, Ken Sarnoff, said. The team later confirmed an agreement had been reached. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
With the move, the Browns bolstered the depth of their receiving corps and added someone they hope can mentor All-Pro Josh Gordon. The 6-foot, 198-pound Burleson visited the Miami Dolphins last week before traveling to Cleveland and meeting with the Browns on Saturday.
Burleson, 32, spent the past four seasons with the Detroit Lions. Burleson, who also played for the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings, has started 103 of the 135 regular-season games in which he has appeared. However, injuries have limited him to only 15 games with 13 starts the last two seasons.To read more or comment...
Browns Pro Bowl center Alex Mack visited the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday, and there are ongoing conversations between the two sides, a league source confirmed today, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation.
Mack, 28, had dinner with Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley on Friday night, the Florida Times-Union reported. He left this morning.
After failing to reach a long-term deal with Mack, the Browns placed a transition tag on him in March. If Mack signs the tag, he'll play for the Browns next season under a one-year, $10.039 million deal that would make him the highest-paid center in the NFL by about $2 million.To read more or comment...
Free-agent wide receiver Nate Burleson is visiting the Browns today at their headquarters, a team spokesman confirmed.
Burleson also recently visited the Miami Dolphins, according to several reports.
The 6-foot, 198-pound Burleson, 32, spent the past four seasons with the Detroit Lions. Injuries have limited him to only 15 games with 13 starts the last two seasons.
This past season, Burleson caught 39 passes for 461 yards and a touchdown. His season was interrupted in September by a bizarre, headline-grabbing injury that forced him to miss seven games. Burleson suffered a broken arm in a one-car accident caused by his attempt to keep a pizza he’d purchased from sliding off the passenger seat. The Lions stated there was no alcohol involved.To read more or comment...
All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon and All-Pro offensive left tackle Joe Thomas will be honored at the 35th annual Akron Browns Backers banquet May 19 at the Tangier restaurant, 532 W. Market St., Akron.
Several Browns alumni are planning to attend. News Channel 5 sports director and 92.3 The Fan radio host Andy Baskin is scheduled to serve as master of ceremonies.
The local chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America will honor Gordon as the 2013 player of the year and Thomas as the 2013 Dino Lucarelli Good Guy Award winner.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for a fan fest. A VIP cocktail party starts at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m.To read more or comment...
The Browns are scouring the free-agent market for depth at wide receiver, and Nate Burleson is the latest veteran to be revealed as one of their free-agent targets.
Burleson, 32, is scheduled to visit the Browns on Saturday, a league source confirmed this afternoon. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the team won't confirm a visit until it happens.
Alex Marvez of Fox Sports 1 first reported the scheduled visit this afternoon. Burleson is visiting the Miami Dolphins today, according to several reports.
The 6-foot, 198-pound Burleson, a third-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2003, spent the past four seasons with the Detroit Lions. Injuries have limited him to only 15 games with 13 starts the last two seasons.To read more or comment...
The Browns are conducting a private workout today with Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles, a league source confirmed this afternoon.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns are not revealing their itinerary for private workouts leading up to the draft, which will run May 8-10.
Many draft analysts consider Bortles the top-rated quarterback and believe the Houston Texans could pick him No. 1 overall.
The Browns, of course, are also in the market for a quarterback. They’ll likely nab one with one of two first-round picks (Nos. 4 and 26 overall) or with their choice early in the second round (No. 35 overall).To read more or comment...
Updated at 2:30 p.m.
The Browns missed a hell of a show when they skipped Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel's pro day last week, but they were in attendance today for another impressive and notable workout.
A Browns spokesman told the team's radio show, Cleveland Browns Daily, that the franchise was represented this morning at the pro day of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. In a subsequent conversation with the Beacon Journal, the spokesman declined to disclose who attended the workout on behalf of the Browns.
The spokesman was correcting NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock. Reporting from the pro day in Columbia, S.C., Mayock said on the air that the Browns were not in attendance.To read more or comment...
The Washington Redskins and former Philadelphia Eagles three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson agreed to terms on a three-year contract late Tuesday night, ESPN and NFL Network reported.
The deal is reportedly worth $24 million and includes $16 million guaranteed.
The Browns think Jackson is a good player and did homework on him, but they didn’t appear to be serious suitors despite reports to the contrary.
NBC Washington sports anchor Diana Russini reported Tuesday afternoon that the Browns were “going hard” after Jackson “with [an] offer.” ESPN.com’s John Keim reported Tuesday night that the Browns had “serious interest” in Jackson.To read more or comment...
As expected, the Browns will perform a pre-draft double dip with Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr.
Carr is scheduled to visit the Browns in late April at their headquarters, he revealed today during an interview with Cleveland.com. The draft will run May 8-10.
The Browns recently began their tour of private workouts with quarterbacks by dining with Carr on Sunday night and working him out on Monday in Fresno, Calif.
In an interview Monday night on Sirius XM NFL Radio’s Late Hits, Carr said the Browns sent a contingent composed of General Manager Ray Farmer, coach Mike Pettine, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to meet with him.To read more or comment...
A sports anchor based in Washington, D.C., reported the Browns are pursuing former Philadelphia Eagles three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson, but the Washington Redskins might not let him get away.
NBC Washington’s Diana Russini reported today the Browns “are going hard with [an] offer” after Jackson. Russini also reported the San Francisco 49ers have thrown their hat in the ring for Jackson and that he'll visit the 49ers Wednesday if he doesn't sign with the Redskins today.
As many as nine teams, including the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills, reportedly expressed interest in Jackson after the Eagles cut him Friday amid questions about his off-field behavior and alleged connections to Los Angeles street gangs. The Eagles had reportedly been trying to trade him before they severed ties with little explanation.
But Jackson has visited only one team – the Redskins. ESPN.com reported Jackson had dinner with Redskins coach Jay Gruden and other members of the staff Monday night before meetings with the organization today at its facility.To read more or comment...
The Browns recently began their tour of private workouts with quarterback prospects, and Fresno State’s Derek Carr believes he served as a strong opening act.
“It went so good,” Carr told Gil Brandt and Alex Marvez Monday night on Sirius XM NFL Radio’s Late Hits.
Carr said the Browns sent a contingent composed of General Manager Ray Farmer, coach Mike Pettine, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to meet with him in Fresno, Calif. He dined with team officials Sunday night and worked out for them Monday.
“They were all out here, so it was good to be able to go to dinner with them last night and work out for them today,” Carr said. “Everything went great. It went exactly how we wanted it to and now, of course, we just wait till May and see how they're feeling.”To read more or comment...