July 29, 2014

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Browns: Joel Bitonio has deal, Justin Gilbert is lone unsigned pick

BEREA — Five of the six players selected by the Browns in the NFL Draft are now under contract. Second-round pick Joel Bitonio, a tackle from the University of Nevada, signed a four-year pact worth more than $5 million Sunday afternoon. The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder was the No. 35 overall choice following a 53-game career with Read More…

Browns: Johnny Manziel signs contract with Browns

Johnny Manziel

CLEVELAND — “Johnny Football” is officially a member of the Browns. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel signed a four-year contract Tuesday worth approximately $8.25 million. The pact includes a fifth-year team option, as mandated under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. Cleveland drafted Manziel with the No. 22 overall pick May 8, completing a very public courtship Read More…

Browns: $120M stadium renovation coming together

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CLEVELAND — The $120 million renovation of FirstEnergy Stadium is on time and on budget, but the site remains an active construction zone. Browns president Alec Scheiner made those pronouncements Monday as he guided select media members on a tour of the lakefront facility. “We are totally on schedule to have everything in Phase One Read More…

Browns: Andrew Hawkins is standing out

Cleveland wide receiver Andrew Hawkins has made people take notice. (BRUCE BISHOP / GAZETTE)

BEREA — Andrew Hawkins was born with a strike against him. And it’s a sizable one. In a game of giants, a microscope is helpful to find the slot receiver listed at 5-foot-7 and a generous 180 pounds. The lack of size almost cost Hawkins a career in the NFL, so he’s made it his Read More…

Browns: Coach unconcerned with Johnny Manziel’s weekend partying

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

BEREA — Johnny Manziel returned from his latest whirlwind weekend, took snaps with the starters and threw a great deep ball Tuesday as Cleveland’s three-day mandatory minicamp opened. There were no inflatable swans or bottles of champagne in sight. Manziel, who’s battling incumbent Brian Hoyer for the starting quarterback job, has had three free weekends Read More…

Browns: Players, coaches come to defense of wide receiver Josh Gordon

BEREA — The Browns are certainly frustrated — even exasperated — by the off-field troubles of Josh Gordon. But they’re not giving up on the All-Pro receiver. “He’s a brother to us and we have his back no matter what,” tight end Jordan Cameron said. Gordon lined up with the first-team offense again Tuesday during Read More…

Browns: Cornerback Aaron Berry gets another chance with Cleveland

The Browns are giving cornerback Aaron Berry another chance to work for a couple of his former bosses. Cleveland signed the free agent Monday. He’ll compete for a spot in the secondary and should contribute on special teams. Berry played for the New York Jets in 2012 when Browns rookie coach Mike Pettine was the Read More…

More trouble for Gordon

Scott Petrak The Gazette As Browns receiver Josh Gordon waits to hear if he’ll be suspended — possibly indefinitely — for reportedly failing a marijuana test, he’s once again linked to the illegal substance. Gordon was given a speeding ticket Sunday night in Strongsville on Interstate 71 North, and his passenger was given a citation Read More…

Browns commentary: Johnny Manziel should have skipped Vegas

The conversation reached suburban Dayton at a family party where plenty of adult beverages were consumed and no work was done. Did it matter that Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was in Las Vegas partying over Memorial Day weekend? The buzzing backyard was divided, as are most things when Manziel is the subject of the Read More…

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…