July 24, 2014

Medina
Partly sunny
62°F

Mike Pettine says Johnny Manziel winning Browns starting QB job will be ‘tall task’

The weekend partying of quarterback Johnny Manziel, pictured, does not concern Browns coach Mike Pettine. (AP FILE PHOTO)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel might want to put lifts in his cleats if he hopes to beat out Brian Hoyer and win the starting quarterback job for Week 1 in Pittsburgh. “I would say it’s a tall task, for a couple reasons,” first-year coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday in an interview with The Chronicle-Telegram. “One, Read More…

Browns rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert signs contract

Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert’s quest to overtake Buster Skrine and win a starting job will begin on time. Gilbert, Cleveland’s first pick in the draft, signed a four-year contract Wednesday. Spotrac.com reported the deal’s worth $12.83 million, including a $7.65 million signing bonus. Browns rookies reported to training camp Wednesday, and full-squad practice opens Saturday. Read More…

Browns backup QB Johnny Manziel No. 1 in jersey sales

Johnny Manziel

Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is second on the Browns’ depth chart, but No. 1 in the NFL in one statistic. Manziel’s No. 2 was the most popular jersey sold on NFL.com from April 1-Thursday. Manziel has yet to take a professional snap and enters training camp this week trailing veteran Brian Hoyer in the competition Read More…

Manziel favorite with advertisers

  Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — The Browns’ backup quarterback continues to be their most sought-after player by advertisers. Rookie Johnny Manziel has been hired by Mars Chocolate to promote Snickers candy bars, giving him four major marketing endorsements before the start of his first pro training camp. The No. 22 overall pick in Read More…

Agent confirms Browns’ Josh Gordon gets appeal date

Josh Gordon

EASTLAKE — A date has been set for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon to appeal his pending one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s illegal substance policy. Gordon’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he wasn’t permitted to reveal when the hearing will take place with league officials, but admitted it would occur “in the near future.” “Right Read More…

Cleveland adds some Swagger with real dog mascot

CLEVELAND — Browns fan experience director Kevin Griffin is reaching deeper into his bag of tricks for the upcoming season. Cleveland’s players will be led onto the field by an actual dog — a bull mastiff named Swagger — for all games at FirstEnergy Stadium, Griffin said in an interview with WKRK-FM 92.3. A Browns Read More…

Browns: WR Josh Gordon asked to swap cars in chance meeting with P.J. Hairston before DWI arrest

gordon hairston

RALEIGH, N.C. — Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston says he and Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon decided to swap vehicles following a chance meeting at a grocery store. Gordon was arrested for driving while impaired in Hairston’s 2015 Cadillac Escalade in Raleigh. That random encounter brought together two athletes who have had their Read More…

Browns: Josh Gordon booked for driving while intoxicated charge

Josh Gordon can’t stay out of trouble, and it may cost him his NFL career. Cleveland’s All-Pro receiver was arrested early Saturday morning in Raleigh, North Carolina, and charged with driving while impaired. It’s the latest off-field incident for the ultra-talented player who faced a possible indefinite suspension from the NFL even before the arrest. Read More…

Resolution expected soon in Gordon situation

  Scott Petrak The Gazette The Browns have been waiting two months for resolution regarding a possible suspension for All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon. The wait should be over relatively soon. Profootballtalk.com reported Thursday, citing a league source, that Gordon’s appeal hearing regarding a reported failed drug test is scheduled for late-July. The Browns open training Read More…

Browns: Johnny Manziel, Justin Bieber hang out

The inflatable swan and money phone have been replaced. And surpassed. Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel had a new partying companion Monday — Justin Bieber, the bad boy of pop music. Manziel retweeted photos of him alongside Bieber and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, and TMZ Sports reported the party at Bieber’s Beverly Hills, California, condominium Read More…