Although many observers expected the NFL to lower the boom on the Browns for Text-gate, the penalties it issued Monday were more like a slap on the wrist.
The league suspended Browns General Manager Ray Farmer without pay for the first four regular-season games of 2015 and fined the organization $250,000. The NFL did not strip the Browns of a draft pick.
PHOENIX: Browns coach Mike Pettine covered several topics this week during the NFL owners meetings at the Arizona Biltmore resort, but he was more thorough about the state of the defense than anything else.
PHOENIX: Coach Mike Pettine joked about rolling his eyes when he hears speculation related to the Browns possibly trading up in the April 30 NFL Draft in pursuit of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, but he didn’t rule out making the blockbuster move, either.
PHOENIX: Owner Jimmy Haslam made strong statements Tuesday night about his commitment to the Browns, Cleveland and Northeast Ohio along with his wife, Dee, who has become so involved with the franchise that she wants to be referred to as an owner as well.
PHOENIX: Coach Mike Pettine revealed the Browns declined to volunteer for HBO’s Hard Knocks partly because they want to shield quarterback Johnny Manziel from further scrutiny once he’s released from the rehabilitation clinic he checked into Jan. 28.