May 23, 2015

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Browns: 5 things to watch as pivotal free agency period begins Tuesday


The signing of veteran quarterback Josh McCown kicked off the player-acquisition part of the offseason for the Browns, who’ve also shown interest in receiver Brian Hartline and returner Ted Ginn Jr. The Browns’ philosophy under owner Jimmy Haslam and general manager Ray Farmer is to build through the draft, but free agency must augment Cleveland’s Read More…

UPDATED: Ex-Buckeye WR Brian Hartline visits Browns


Brian Hoyer is headed out the door, but the Browns have targeted another guy with local ties as they try to reboot the offense. Brian Hartline, who went to Canton GlenOak High School and Ohio State, visited the Browns on Tuesday and could begin to fill the team’s desperate need at receiver. He would project Read More…

Browns: QB Josh McCown plans to lead by example, wants to make up for awful 2014


Josh McCown’s willingness and ability to be a mentor was a factor in the Browns signing him last week. But McCown, 35, isn’t ready to be relegated to a rocking chair and still believes he can be a productive quarterback. How does he balance mentoring with his desire to be the starter? “It’s easy. You Read More…

Browns Notes: Tight end James Casey reportedly will visit Cleveland, is an option if Jordan Cameron leaves


Jordan Cameron would leave a sizable hole at tight end if he leaves in free agency. The Browns are looking at veteran James Casey as an option if that happens. ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported Casey (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) will visit the Browns. Casey, 30, was released last week by the Eagles in order to save Read More…

Browns: Veteran quarterback Josh McCown visits


The never-ending search for a quarterback — the Browns have started 22 since 1999 — could stop, temporarily, on Josh McCown. The 35-year-old veteran arrived Tuesday to visit with the Browns, and his stay was expected to continue today, a league source confirmed. McCown has drawn interest from multiple teams since he was released by Read More…

Browns president Alec Scheiner denies meddling, says doesn’t want role in football operations

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BEREA — Yes, Browns president Alec Scheiner watches game film with general manager Ray Farmer. No, he’s doesn’t want to follow in Joe Banner’s footsteps and add football responsibilities to his job description. “I like my role. I’ve got enough on my plate,” Scheiner said Tuesday after introducing the team’s new logo in an interview Read More…

Browns unveil new logo; uniforms to be unveiled April 14


BEREA — The Browns’ unveiling of their new logo Tuesday turned out to be much ado about nothing. Cleveland will continue to use its insignia-free helmet as its primary logo, but dramatically brightened the shade of orange and changed the facemask to brown. The brown-and-white stripe atop the helmet also has been widened, reflecting subtle Read More…

Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota excited about possibility of playing for Browns


INDIANAPOLIS — Marcus Mariota would love to be reunited with the man who taught him to calls plays, lead a huddle, take a five-step drop and read NFL defenses. That man, Kevin O’Connell, was hired Tuesday by the Browns as quarterbacks coach. He spent the last month preparing Mariota, the Heisman Trophy winner from Oregon, Read More…

Browns Notes: GM Ray Farmer believes Justin Gilbert can still be big-time player


INDIANAPOLIS — Browns general manager Ray Farmer believes the “very personal” issue that contributed to cornerback Justin Gilbert’s terrible rookie season can be resolved, and be resolved by next season. Farmer also feels Gilbert can still become the player the Browns expected when they took him with the No. 8 pick. “I think the player Read More…

Browns GM Ray Farmer takes full responsibility for text mess, apologizes to fans


INDIANAPOLIS — General manager Ray Farmer opened with an apology to Browns fans, then accepted full responsibility for the embarrassment brought upon the organization because he texted the sideline during games. “First and foremost, I would like to extend an apology to the Cleveland Brown fans,” he said Thursday at the scouting combine. “So that Read More…