April 23, 2014

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Browns commentary: Farmer sticks to the plan

Ray Farmer believes in building a roster through the draft. But even though he’s in his first year as a general manager, he’s been around the NFL plenty long enough to know he couldn’t ignore free agency. The Browns had too many holes and too much salary cap space to stand idle in March while Read More…

Browns: ‘O’ line is bolstered, team signs McQuistan

The Browns brought in a Super Bowl champion Monday to strengthen the offensive line. Eight-year veteran Paul McQuistan agreed to terms on a contract, adding versatility and experience. The deal is for two years and $3 million with $750,000 guaranteed, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported, citing a source. McQuistan, who will turn 31 next month, was Read More…

Browns: QB Bortles draws interest

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles wasn’t perfect at his pro day Wednesday, but he impressed onlookers and received a passing grade. He fared better than Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, who struggled Monday with his accuracy and was criticized by analysts. Bortles completed 41 of 50 throws, according to USA Today’s Tom Pelissero. The percentage isn’t great Read More…

Browns: Hawkins comes full circle, slot receiver in fold

The circle is complete. Slot receiver Andrew Hawkins began his NFL career — kind of — at a Browns rookie minicamp after going undrafted out of Toledo in 2008. He wasn’t given a contract and didn’t make his first NFL catch until 2011 with the Bengals. He returned to the Browns on Tuesday when the Read More…

Browns: Reports indicate Bengals won’t match offer for WR Hawkins

The Browns are in a holding pattern as they try to find a slot receiver, but it looks like they might get their man. Bengals restricted free agent Andrew Hawkins signed his offer sheet with the Browns on Thursday after agreeing to terms Tuesday. The four-year deal can reach $13.1 million and includes a $3.8 Read More…

Browns: QBs Weeden, Campbell sacked by team

Former Browns quarterbacks Brandon Weeden, left, and Jason Campbell, below, were released by the team Wednesday. (FILE PHOTO)

Brandon Weeden’s last win with the Browns came on Dec. 9, 2012. He turned 30 years old in October. The guys that drafted him with the No. 22 pick were two regimes ago. Weeden’s release Wednesday wasn’t shocking. But his fall from first-round pick in 2012 to out of work was stunning for its swiftness. Read More…

Browns: Team focuses on defense on Day 1

Ray Farmer’s first venture into free agency as a general manager started with a heavy emphasis on defense. Free agency began Tuesday afternoon, and the Browns were quick to reach agreements with strong safety and Cleveland native Donte Whitner and inside linebacker Karlos Dansby. The team also reportedly participated in trade talks to acquire All-Pro Read More…

Browns: Team has Byrd, Whitner on the radar

San Francisco’s Donte Whitner intercepts a pass in front of Washington’s Pierre Garcon in a game on Nov. 13, 2013. The Browns are reportedly interested in the safety. (MCT PHOTO)

Cleveland could go safety first when free agency opens today at 4 p.m. The Browns have a need at the position with T.J. Ward expected to hit the open market, and they’ve been strongly linked to Pro Bowlers Jairus Byrd and Donte Whitner. Byrd has been connected to the Browns for a while and The Read More…

Rubin may be next to leave

  Scott Petrak The Gazette Defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin could be next to be jettisoned. The Browns reportedly are considering releasing Rubin, who is due to make $6.9 million in 2014, the last year of his four-year, $27.6 million contract. Profootballtalk.com, citing a league source, reported Friday that Rubin “likely will find himself in a Read More…

QB’s make pitch to be top pick

  Scott Petrak The Gazette INDIANAPOLIS — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel came up short in the measurement Friday, but that was inevitable. He was a shade under 6 feet, his official listing: 5-11¾ and 207 pounds. That’s 5¼ inches shorter and 25 pounds lighter than Central Florida’s Blake Bortles. Perhaps bolstered by the tape Read More…