April 19, 2014

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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…

Special teams set with Cundiff signing

  Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — The Browns are still seeking a franchise quarterback and have myriad holes to fill on defense. Their special teams, however, are set for the upcoming season. Cleveland signed kicker Billy Cundiff to a one-year, $1.02 million contract Thursday, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent this weekend. Read More…

Browns: Cleveland lets go of Bess, two others

BEREA — Slowly but surely, the Browns are ridding themselves of the mistakes made by former CEO Joe Banner and ex-general manager Michael Lombardi. Cleveland’s latest corrective move occurred Wednesday, when it released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess, along with wide receiver Brian Tyms and linebacker Paul Hazel. Bess was a massive disappointment during his 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…

A peek into Farmer’s mindset

  Scott Petrak The Gazette INDIANAPOLIS — The background check on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel isn’t clean. And that’s just the way Browns general manager Ray Farmer likes it. “It’s hard to think you’re going to win football games and somebody is not going to have a little bit of dirt underneath their fingernails,” Read More…

Analyst says any of 3 QBs would be good fit for Browns

The NFL’s scouting combine must be this week. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock spent nearly three hours on a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon previewing the event that gets bigger every year. The combine, in fact, begins Thursday in Indianapolis, officially kicking off the draft season. Mayock believes it’s too early to predict Read More…

If Manziel comes to Browns he plans on making Super Bowl

  Scott Petrak The Gazette Johnny Manziel wants to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft in May and stay in his home state of Texas with the Houston Texans. But if he falls to the Browns, who hold the No. 4 pick, Manziel has a plan. And it’s a big one. “If Read More…