Whether a franchise with a top-six pick chooses Marcus Mariota or another organization further down the board like the Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers or St. Louis Rams trades up to select him, someone is expected to make a major investment in the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from the University of Oregon shortly after the NFL Draft begins Thursday night.
BEREA: General Manager Ray Farmer tried to throw water on rampant speculation that the Browns will push for a trade up the board in next week’s NFL Draft so they can pick Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Either Farmer really is unwilling to pay a hefty price for Mariota or he’s employing a smokescreen because he doesn’t want the world to know that he actually is interested in pursuing a blockbuster deal.
BEREA: Browns General Manager Ray Farmer voiced support for quarterback Johnny Manziel during a pre-draft news conference Thursday and insisted he didn’t attempt to ship the former Heisman Trophy winner to the Philadelphia Eagles.
BEREA: Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden spent much of the offseason tending to several of the team’s needs as it pertained to player maintenance and even roster addition. In many ways, he served an active role as a leader from his home in Miami.
BEREA: Browns coach Mike Pettine insisted quarterback Johnny Manziel is part of the franchise’s future, and teammates of the former Heisman Trophy winner voiced strong support for him Tuesday after the second session of voluntary offseason workouts.
When the Browns reported to team headquarters Monday in Berea for the start of their voluntary offseason conditioning program, one of the best players — free safety Tashaun Gipson — proved to be a no-show.
Lamar Thomas was in his first season as receivers coach at the University of Louisville last August when he saw DeVante Parker make a cut, get tackled and fail to hop up as he usually did because of a foot injury.
Johnny Manziel apologized to the Browns as well as their fans and laid out his mission to regain their trust in a statement issued through the team Friday about a week after the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Texas A&M was discharged from an inpatient rehabilitation facility in which he spent more than 10 weeks receiving treatment for possible substance abuse.
Two prospects widely projected to become top 10 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft have repeatedly been linked to the Browns as likely targets in trade-up scenarios. Everyone is talking about Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, but Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper has been mentioned as well.
CLEVELAND: Browns inside linebacker and veteran leader Karlos Dansby is convinced quarterback Johnny Manziel’s choice to address his personal issues this offseason could allow him to become the dynamic playmaker the franchise hoped it would get when it drafted him 22nd overall last year.
CLEVELAND: Nine Browns players walked onto a stage in front of about 3,000 fans Tuesday night at the Cleveland Convention Center and shed large, orange robes to unveil the team’s new, highly anticipated uniforms in dramatic fashion.