July 30, 2014

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Browns: Johnny Manziel Mania is in full swing

BEREA — Johnny Manziel even looks cool stretching. Manziel practiced in front of reporters Saturday morning for the first time as a member of the Cleveland Browns. During the 15 minutes of rookie minicamp open to the media — a large local pool of 40 — Manziel warmed up, handed off to running backs and Read More…

Little released by Browns

  Scott Petrak The Gazette The uncertainty surrounding All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon seemed to be an opening for Greg Little. It wasn’t. Little, whose flashes of strong play were overshadowed by drops and drama, was released by the Browns on Friday. Gordon could face an indefinite suspension after failing a marijuana test, ESPN reported last Read More…

Browns add wide receivers to roster

General manager Ray Farmer has started collecting insurance policies in case All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon is forced to serve a suspension. The Browns added a pair of veteran receivers Thursday, agreeing to terms with former Dallas Cowboy Miles Austin and signing former Chicago Bear Earl Bennett. They’d been on the market since March. Undrafted free Read More…

Browns: Pumped to be in Cleveland, Joe Haden inks five-year extension

Browns cornerback Joe Haden shares a laugh with coach Mike Pettine. (AP PHOTO)

BEREA — Joe Haden got excited when the Browns drafted quarterback Johnny Manziel. It was nothing compared to the thrill, satisfaction and motivation he felt five days later when he signed a five-year, $68 million extension that will keep him in Cleveland through 2019. “It’s crazy. It’s crazy,” Haden said Wednesday at a news conference Read More…

Cornerback Joe Haden, Browns agree on five-year contract extension

Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden has signed a five-year contract extension with the Browns. (AP FILE PHOTO)

Mr. Cleveland can get even more comfortable. Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden signed a five-year extension with the Browns on Tuesday that will keep him under contract through 2019. The extension is worth $68 million, with a $14 million signing bonus, $22 million fully guaranteed and another $23 million guaranteed for injury. Haden, who endeared Read More…

Browns owner wants Johnny Manziel to remember Brian Hoyer is starter

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam reminds QB Johnny Manziel that Brian Hoyer is the starter. (AP PHOTO)

CANTON — Johnny Football Fever has spread to the clergy. During the invocation before the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club presentation Monday, the priest gave special mention to rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, the guest speaker, turned red as he laughed heartily on the dais. “Father, I don’t think I’ve Read More…

Browns commentary: General manager Ray Farmer stuck to the plan

Elvis has entered the building. He wasn’t joined by any receivers. After three days of trades, picks, reports, no-comments and huge emotional swings in Cleveland, the NFL Draft concluded Saturday night. The Browns opened the marathon with fireworks — cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel in the first round — then moved to the Read More…

Cleveland doesn’t address need for receiver in draft

  Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — Staring at a possible indefinite suspension for All-Pro Josh Gordon and with free agent pickup Nate Burleson nursing a broken arm suffered in offseason workouts — the team’s projected starters at receiver — the Browns ignored wideout with their three picks Friday night on the second day of Read More…

Manziel is toast of the town

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — Johnny Manziel sat at the podium and looked like any other draft pick. He wore a big Browns hat that didn’t match his suit and tie and politely answered questions. But Manziel, aka Johnny Football, is unlike any previous Browns player. He’s part-celebrity, part-playmaker and he’s all Cleveland’s after Read More…

Browns draft Gilbert, Manziel

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — Johnny Football is headed to BrownsTown. The Browns had a hectic and productive first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, and that was before they traded up to take Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the No. 22 pick. They quickly became the story of the draft, the Read More…