March 5, 2015


Manziel’s actions more important than words


BEREA — Johnny Manziel has talked a good game since before the draft. He hasn’t played one yet — on or off the field. Manziel met with the media Monday as the Browns cleaned out their lockers following a 7-9 season, and said it’s time his actions matched his promises. “I can’t sit here and Read More…

Browns notes: Veterans see Gilbert’s ability, need to see consistency


BEREA — Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert not only was inactive for the season finale against the Ravens, he was essentially suspended for it. Coach Mike Pettine said the first-round pick from Oklahoma State was late for a team meeting Saturday in Baltimore, prompting him to be a healthy scratch for the 20-10 loss the next Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam commits to coach Mike Pettine, GM Ray Farmer for 2015


BALTIMORE — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam chose stability — for a change. In the minutes following a 20-10 season-ending loss to the Ravens on Sunday, Haslam said he’ll “absolutely” keep coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer for next season. “I think they’ve done a good job,” Haslam said. “Listen, we’re all disappointed. We’re Read More…

Browns to address penalized players later


BALTIMORE — Receiver Josh Gordon wasn’t allowed on the team plane Saturday. Cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel — the team’s top two picks in May — weren’t permitted on the sideline Sunday during the Browns’ 20-10 loss to the Ravens in the season finale. “In regards to the guys that did not play, Read More…

Ravens 20, Browns 10: Cleveland ends season with 5th straight loss


BALTIMORE — The Browns hung tough into the fourth quarter this afternoon, but another season ended with a long losing streak. Connor Shaw couldn’t keep up with Joe Flacco, and the Ravens rallied for the 20-10 win at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens (10-6) qualified for the playoffs with the win and San Diego’s loss Read More…

Browns Notes: Jordan Cameron turns focus to free agency


BALTIMORE — The frustrating year is over for tight end Jordan Cameron. Now comes the uncertainty of free agency. Cameron finished the season with 24 catches for 424 yards and two touchdowns. The numbers dropped drastically from his Pro Bowl year in 2013, when he had 80 catches for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. Cameron Read More…

Browns Johnny Manziel threw party Friday; Justin Gilbert late for another meeting Saturday


BALTIMORE — Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s pledge to take his job more seriously didn’t make it through the weekend. Neither did rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert’s. Manziel threw a party Friday night that was attended by receiver Josh Gordon and other teammates, according to multiple reports. Gordon was suspended by the team when he missed the Read More…

Browns: QB Connor Shaw has had an eventful year

Connor Shaw, Austen Lane

BEREA — Connor Shaw has already had a year to remember. A start Sunday in Baltimore in his NFL debut would add a final chapter he couldn’t have imagined six weeks ago. “It’s been such a blessing. It’s such an awesome year for me and my family to be able to live my dream and Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine not ready to give up on first-round picks Justin Gilbert, Johnny Manziel


BEREA — The Browns have played 15 games. The first round of the draft has yielded four starts — two each for cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel. The play on the field has been suspect, and just as bothersome has been the behavior off the field. Manziel admitted Tuesday he didn’t take the Read More…

Browns: Humbling first year for Johnny Manziel


BEREA — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel began his rookie season on the bench and will finish it on injured reserve. Obviously, the man known as “Johnny Football” is not pleased with his first year in the NFL, which consisted of just two starts. “My (left) hamstring is hurt enough to keep me out this week, Read More…