Browns Rumors & News

  • Hue Jackson says don’t be surprised if QB DeShone Kizer receives most of his attention during OTAs

    Akron Beacon Journal "Cody Kessler will begin organized team activities Tuesday as the first-string quarterback, but that doesn’t mean he’ll receive the most tutoring from coach Hue Jackson. Actually, Jackson suggested Monday he’ll likely be more focused on trying to help rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer get up to..." May 23

  • Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says he’s ‘highly confident’ turnaround will begin this year

    Akron Beacon Journal "If Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is right, the long-awaited reversal of his team’s fortunes is on the horizon. Haslam and the rest of the franchise’s bigwigs are talking a good game coming off a 1-15 season, the worst in team history. This is the time of year for optimism in the NFL, and even the..." May 22

  • Eight NFL teams that could become dynasties

    Sportsnaut "Sports dynasties are hard. There’s no real definition — just ask baseball fans about the San Francisco Giants from 2010-14 — and a definitive dynasty doesn’t come around in any sport, let alone football, in the salary cap era. When you think of dynasties during the Super Bowl era, you think of..." May 21

  • Browns revamped offensive line still has one big opening to fill: right tackle

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Browns made a big investment in their offensive line this off-season. They signed JC Tretter to shore up the center position. They gave a boatload of money to lure Kevin Zeitler from Cincinnati to play right guard. They extended left guard Joel Bitonio, despite the fact that his last two..." May 19

  • Browns claim Chris Barker, waive Gabe Wright

    Pro Football Talk "The Browns have added a former member of the Patriots to their roster. The team announced on Friday that they have claimed offensive lineman Chris Barker off of waivers. Barker was dropped by New England on Thursday when they signed former Broncos lineman James Ferentz. Barker entered the..." May 19

  • Caleb Brantley signs with Browns

    Pro Football Talk "Defensive tackle Caleb Brantley got some good news on Wednesday when he learned that he won’t be charged with battery in Florida and he closed out his week with another positive development. Brantley signed his four-year rookie deal with the Browns. He joins first overall pick Myles Garrett in..." May 19

  • Browns' Myles Garrett signs his 4-year rookie contract

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Browns No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett has signed his four-year rookie contract, the club announced. The deal is worth a projected $30,427,000, including a more than $20 million signing bonus. It includes a fifth-year club option. The Browns now have six of their draft picks under..." May 19

  • Good News For Browns DB Howard Wilson

    Pro Football Rumors "It turns out that the injury to Browns defensive back Howard Wilson is not as bad as initially feared. His partially fractured kneecap was initially believed to be a season-ender, but a source tells Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter) that he’ll need only three or four months to recover. With..." May 18

  • Battery complaint dismissed against Cleveland Browns' Caleb Brantley

    Tampa Bay Times "The State Attorney's Office has dismissed a battery complaint against Cleveland Browns rookie and former Florida Gators defensive lineman Caleb Brantley, according to court records. The records cite "insufficient evidence to sustain a conviction" as reason for the dismissal. Wednesday's..." May 17

  • NFL owners expected to approve proposal reducing overtime to 10 minutes

    Sportsnaut "The NFL’s overtime rules are expected to receive a major change in the form of how long the overtime period will last. NFL owners are expected to pass a proposal that would reduce the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 during regular season games, per Judy Battista of NFL Media. This was a..." May 17

  • Jason McCourty Reportedly Will Sign with Browns After 8 Seasons with Titans

    Bleacher Report "The Cleveland Browns and free-agent cornerback Jason McCourty are reportedly expected to agree to a contract after his release by the Tennessee Titans. Ian Rapoport of reported Tuesday the Browns are expected to make the move after he visited the team Monday "barring a late..." May 16

  • Josh Gordon 'Desperate for Cash'

    TMZ "Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is reportedly in dire financial straights and desperately hunting for a new agent who will float him some cash until he gets reinstated ... if that ever happens. The insanely talented wideout hasn't played a snap in the NFL since 2014 -- and even then his season..." May 16

  • Browns not ruling out Brock Osweiler as starting QB

    Sportsnaut "The Cleveland Browns haven’t ruled out the possibility that Brock Osweiler could be their starting quarterback in 2017. “He’s done a good job,” head coach Hue Jackson said of Osweiler’s offseason work, per Pat McManamon of ESPN.”He’s been great in the room with the guys. He’s been a good person..." May 16

  • Jason McCourty visiting with Browns

    Pro Football Talk "After cornerback Jason McCourty was released by the Titans, his twin brother Devin expressed hope that the Patriots would be interested in signing him so that the two brothers could play in the same secondary. Nothing has materialized in New England, however, and another team has invited..." May 16

  • Browns' DeShone Kizer 'at step one' in bid to beat out Cody Kessler

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "DeShone Kizer, who's aiming to start as fast as he can, discovered during rookie camp that he must learn to talk before he can run and has a long ways to go to beat out Cody Kessler for the job. "There's so much I need to learn before I can even consider thinking about competition and trying to..." May 16

  • Big, fast, fun: Browns finally building something worth watching

    Sporting News "The horn shrieked from the nearby Cleveland Short Line tracks. The reverberations from a freight train followed, just in time to pierce the air in the closing minutes of media availability at the Browns' training facility a few blocks away. DeShone Kizer didn't flinch. The second-round pick and..." May 15

  • Turns out, Myles Garrett isn't the Browns' first top pick to call out Big Ben

    CBS Sports "One of the first things Myles Garrett said publicly after the Browns took him with the first overall pick in last month's NFL Draft was this: " I'm going to try to take [Big Ben] down ." That would be Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, 13-year veteran, two-time Super Bowl champion and..." May 15

  • Jabrill Peppers addresses decision to sign participation agreement

    Pro Football Talk "I argue every year that draft picks should refuse to participate in practice before signing their rookie contracts. So, in theory, I fully supported the refusal of Browns safety Jabrill Peppers to not sign a participation agreement that would have allowed him to practice at the team’s rookie..." May 14

  • Zane Gonzalez has Phil Dawson's phone number, but who should other Browns rookies call?

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Browns rookie kicker Zane Gonzalez had a great college career at Arizona State. He won the Lou Groza Award as a junior and was a finalist as a senior. However, he never played a game east of Texas. Now he’s in Cleveland, where the weather can change hourly, and late-season games at FirstEnergy..." May 14

  • Browns will give Brock Osweiler chance to win starting QB job

    Yardbarker "When the Cleveland Browns acquired Brock Osweiler in a shocking trade with the Houston Texans, many thought it was a possibility the team could release the quarterback. Instead, they’ve hung onto him, and now he’ll have a shot to earn the starting quarterback job. Browns head coach Hue Jackson..." May 14

  • Robert Griffin III 'I'M ENGAGED ... And My Fiancee's Preggo!'

    TMZ "RG3 is about to sign a contract ... a marriage contract -- 'cause he's engaged to his girlfriend Grete Sadeiko ... who just announced she's' pregnant with the NFL star's baby! Robert Griffin III popped the question to the Florida State University track star during a day out to the beach in..." May 14

  • Myles Garrett laughs off Bruce Smith’s criticism

    Larry Brown Sports "Myles Garrett, who went first overall in the 2017 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns, has been a bit of a lightning rod for the last several months. He’s drawn both heavy criticism and praise, but his ability to handle the former has been lacking. Garrett wasn’t overly thrilled when Warren Sapp..." May 14

  • Browns tab Kessler as 1st-team QB for OTAs

    Akron Beacon Journal "Browns coach Hue Jackson confirmed Cody Kessler is the early favorite to start the regular-season opener Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cleveland. On Saturday, Jackson said Kessler will enter organized team activities May 23 as the first-team quarterback and attempt to hold off..." May 14

  • Hue Jackson wants to see DeShone Kizer learn a sophisticated offense

    Pro Football Talk "NFL coaches often say rookie quarterbacks have a lot to learn after playing in college offenses, and Browns coach Hue Jackson is no different in his comments on DeShone Kizer. “He’s very bright, that’s not an issue,” Jackson said of Kizer after the first rookie practice. “You have to remember..." May 13

  • Jabrill Peppers can’t be drug tested until he signs participation agreement

    Pro Football Talk "Regardless of whether there are big coincidences or small coincidences, it’s coincidental at best that Browns safety Jabrill Peppers didn’t sign a participation agreement allowing him to take part in the rookie minicamp, given that without a participation agreement (or a formal contract) he is..." May 13

  • Bruce Smith tells Myles Garrett he’s too slow off the ball

    Pro Football Talk "If Myles Garrett ever shows up for a radio interview and sees Bruce Smith in the studio, Garrett apparently will follow through with the segment. Garrett, who refused to appear on ESPN Radio with former NFL player Booger McFarland because McFarland had criticized Garrett, has no complaints..." May 13

  • Browns fourth-round pick Howard Wilson suffers knee fracture

    Pro Football Talk "The Browns lost a member of their 2017 draft class at their first rookie minicamp practice. Fourth-round pick Howard Wilson, a defensive back from Houston whom the team hoped could contribute as a rookie, suffered a fractured kneecap. “It is unfortunate. He will be out for a while,..." May 13

  • Jabrill Peppers Signs Agreement To Practice, Denies He Was Avoiding Drug Testing

    CBS Cleveland "Jabrill Peppers signed his participation agreement Saturday morning and will participate fully on Day 2 of the Browns’ rookie minicamp. Peppers, citing an oversight in the process, contacted his agents to make sure that it got done so he could join his fellow rookies on the field. “It was..." May 13

  • Myles Garrett stands by his Ben Roethlisberger comments

    Pro Football Talk "After the Browns made defensive end Myles Garrett the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, he engaged in some fairly boring trash talk regarding Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Garrett has now doubled down on his fairly boring trash talk. “I think that was kind of blown up, but I stand by..." May 13

  • Jabrill Peppers signs participation agreement

    Pro Football Talk "One day becoming the first rookie since Shawne Merriman to refuse to sign a participation agreement allowing him to take part in offseason workouts without a formal contract, Browns safety Jabrill Peppers has signed the paperwork, per multiple reports. So here’s the obvious question: What..." May 13

  • Browns signs three draft picks

    Pro Football Talk "The Cleveland Browns announced the signings of three draft picks on Thursday ahead of the start of the team’s rookie mini-camp this weekend. Cornerback Howard Wilson (fourth round), offensive lineman Rod Johnson (fifth round) and running back Matthew Dayes (seventh round) all signed their..." May 12

  • Browns rookie Myles Garrett: 'I can't be a savior' "It will take more than a single man to turn around the wandering ship known as the Cleveland Browns. First-overall draft pick Myles Garrett said it himself Friday, telling NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala: "One person can't win games." Still, if anyone in this year's draft was tagged as a..." May 12

  • Caleb Brantley: Browns' investigation not 'hanging over me'

    ESPN "Cleveland Browns rookie defensive lineman Caleb Brantley declined to discuss a legal issue pending against him in Florida, but he did say the commentary about the situation motivates him. "I ain't going to say I did hear all the stuff that was said about me, but there's definitely a chip on my..." May 12

  • Jabrill Peppers doesn’t practice because he hasn’t signed a participation agreement

    Pro Football Talk "Browns safety Jabrill Peppers met with reporters at the team’s rookie minicamp on Friday to deny allegations of drug use leveled against him recently, but he didn’t take part in the team’s practice. A team spokesman said, via multiple reports, that Peppers did not take part in practice because..." May 12

  • Browns' Jabrill Peppers addresses drug-use allegation

    Sporting News "Browns first-round pick Jabrill Peppers says he's never "done any of those drugs" in response to an accusation by a former ESPN Radio personality. Peppers, speaking to reporters Friday at rookie minicamp, is part of the NFL's drug program because of a diluted urine sample from the Scouting..." May 12

  • Ex-NFL WR Michael D. Jackson Killed In Motorcycle Accident

    TMZ "Ex-NFL wide receiver Michael D. Jackson -- who led the NFL in receiving TDs in '96 -- was killed in a motorcycle accident Friday morning in Louisiana ... TMZ Sports has learned. Louisiana State Police confirm Jackson was in an accident in Tangipahoa, LA while riding his motorcycle in the..." May 12

  • Counting on Josh Gordon returning again would be a mistake

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "November 23, 2014 feels like ages ago. It was the first year of Mike Pettine’s two-year stint as Browns head coach, Brian Hoyer was the starting quarterback, the Browns were 6-4 and Josh Gordon was back for a game in Atlanta following a 10-game suspension. The Browns won that day thanks, in..." May 12

  • Browns first-round pick had most embarrassing introduction to lineman Joe Thomas

    USA Today "The Browns’ 29th draft pick, David Njoku, learned who his teammate Joe Thomas is on Thursday night in an incredibly embarrassing way. It happened at the rookie dinner that Thomas was honored to be invited to. Thomas is a 32-year-old lineman and 10-time Pro Bowler, but 20-year-old rookie..." May 11

  • Cleveland radio host fired after saying Jabrill Peppers is 'high all the time'

    Sporting News "The Browns selected Jabrill Peppers in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, even after the former Michigan safety tested positive for a dilute sample at the NFL Combine in March. Now former ESPN Radio Cleveland host Sabrina Parr thinks it was a mistake by the Browns and explained why..." May 11

  • Josh Gordon reportedly dumped by agent before being denied reinstatement

    Larry Brown Sports "Josh Gordon has not been cleared to return to the NFL, at least for now. According to ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi, Gordon was recently denied reinstatement by the NFL for the second time since he was suspended indefinitely for repeated violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. The..." May 11

  • NFL denies Josh Gordon’s reinstatement bid

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL reinstated Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant and Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington from suspensions recently, but they have reportedly taken a different position on wide receiver Josh Gordon’s bid to resume his playing career. Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the NFL has..." May 11

  • Browns Re-Sign RFA Isaiah Crowell

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Cleveland Browns have re-signed restricted free agent RB Isaiah Crowell, according to his agency. The second-round tender will cost the Browns $2.746 million for the 2017 season. Crowell, 24, originally signed on with the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama State back in..." May 10

  • Jackson: 'Never witnessed a group transform as fast' as Gregg Williams leaves mark on Browns defense "The first time we saw Hue Jackson and new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams together in action was at the Senior Bowl in January, where the two engaged in a sort of playful trash talk during practices throughout that week down in Mobile, Alabama. That dynamic, Jackson said Thursday in a..." May 10

  • If dilute sample was a non-issue, Jabrill Peppers and Browns should have no concerns

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Jabrill Peppers begins his Browns career in Stage One of the NFL drug program, and Sashi Brown acknowledged that the safety's livelihood will be at stake if he's not careful about what he puts in his body. "It's certainly a factor for us,'' Brown said on draft night. "Jabrill understands. I..." May 10

  • Alberto Riveron named NFL senior VP of officiating "The NFL has a new team atop their officiating department. According to a release sent out by the league Wednesday, Alberto Riveron was named the senior vice president of officiating, filling the role vacated by former officiating head Dean Blandino. Russell Yurk, an NFL replay veteran of..." May 10

  • Solomon Wilcots says his 16-year run at CBS is over

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Solomon Wilcots, a defensive back for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1987 to 1990 who also worked as a sports anchor in Cincinnati for several years before beginning a long career as sideline reporter and color commentator, Tweeted on Sunday that he is done calling games for CBS. Wilcots did..." May 09

  • Browns thrill fans with display of adequacy: Mike Polk Jr.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Did anyone else experience an embarrassing level of disbelief that so much of the national media gave the Browns A's and B's in grading their draft? I've become so accustomed to seeing C's and D's that I had to look twice to make sure I wasn't accidentally looking at the Baltimore..." May 07

  • Not satire: The Cleveland Browns are a good football team

    The Comeback "In the NFL, it’s almost silly how often and how quickly teams jump from the basement to the penthouse. About half of the playoff field turns over every year, and at least one team has jumped from dead last to first place in its division in 13 of the last 14 seasons. That includes teams that..." May 07

  • Browns' Sashi Brown: 'The expectation is to win now'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown, fresh off the NFL draft, assured fans Friday that the Browns are coming to play this season. "The draft is the draft, but not much that happens in the spring matters in the fall,'' Brown said Friday morning on WKNR 850 AM, the team's co-flagship..." May 07

  • Sashi Brown on Browns adding a veteran QB: ‘That would surprise me’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Cleveland Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown has had something of an about-face when it comes to his philosophy concerning the quarterback position. At least as it pertains to the upcoming NFL season. Brown on the first night of the 2017 NFL indicated the Browns “won’t rest until we..." May 05