Browns Rumors & News

  • Eric Reid doesn’t think rule change on anthem is coming

    Pro Football Talk "In a statement about Tuesday’s meeting between the NFL, NFLPA, players and team owners in New York, the NFL and NFLPA said that everyone in the NFL community has “a tremendous respect” for the national anthem but it doesn’t sound like the anthem was a focal point of the meeting. Albert Breer of..." October 17

  • Browns Have Reached Out To Football Execs About Joining Front Office

    NFL Trade Rumors "A Browns spokesman tells Mary Kay Cabot of that the report of the team reaching out to football executives is “false and erroneous.” Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a league source with knowledge of the situation, reports that the Browns have begun reaching out to..." October 16

  • Hue Jackson leaning towards DeShone Kizer for Titans next week

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Kevin Hogan wasn't the hero Hue Jackson was hoping he'd be in a 33-17 rout by the Texans, and he's leaning toward reinstating DeShone Kizer as the starter for Sunday's game against the Titans. He also made it clear that he's not even considering Cody Kessler, who's been inactive and in..." October 16

  • Browns defense whole for first time as they take on Houston

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Statistically speaking, the Browns defense has taken significant steps forward this season. They are ranked fifth in the NFL in yards per game. They are allowing the fifth-fewest rushing yards per game and rank second in yards per rushing attempt. "They have done exactly what my vision is,"..." October 15

  • Hue Jackson texted Deshaun Watson on draft day to “be ready”

    Pro Football Talk "Deshaun Watson received a text from Browns coach Hue Jackson on draft day telling the Clemson quarterback to “be ready.” CBS play-by-play announcer Andrew Catalon relayed the story during the first half of Sunday’s game between the Texans and Browns. The Browns, of course, selected Myles..." October 15

  • How the Browns handed Wentz to the Eagles and Watson to the Texans before solving their own QB problem

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Browns' decision to trade down from No. 2 overall in the 2016 draft enabled the Philadelphia Eagles to land their franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz, and the Texans to land what looks like theirs in Deshaun Watson -- all before the Browns have solved their own never-ending quarterback..." October 14

  • Is it finally time for the Browns to trade Joe Thomas?

    Pro Football Talk "With the Browns at 0-5 and the trade deadline 17 days away, it’s time to fire up the Annual Joe Thomas Trade Rumors. “I’m surprised it hasn’t started already,” Thomas said during a visit last month to PFT Live. “I’m sure you’ve been stirring the pot a little bit. No, I look forward to that..." October 14

  • Joe Thomas on Myles Garrett: 'I've never seen a player that plays like he does'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Joe Thomas has faced the best pass-rushers in the NFL for the past 11 years and watched dozens more growing up as a fan, and he's never seen a physical freak the likes of Myles Garrett. "Since I've been watching the NFL in the '90s, I've never seen a player that plays like he does," Thomas said..." October 13

  • Hue Jackson: 'Doesn't matter' why Browns passed on Watson, hopes Kizer starts again in '17

    CBS Sports "The Browns will be in Houston Sunday to face the Texans. This is noteworthy because the Browns are 0-5 this season and have won just once in their last 23 games going back to 2015. The team also named quarterback Kevin Hogan the starter this week; he replaces rookie second-round pick DeShone..." October 13

  • NFL TV audience numbers continue to decline early in 2017 season

    Sporting News "No wonder alarm bells are sounding in NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s office. The league's average TV audience through Week 5 of the 2017 season dropped 7 percent vs. the same period of the 2016 season, according to Nielsen data obtained by Sporting News. Worse for the league, the average..." October 13

  • Why the Browns passed on Deshaun Watson and why they could live to regret it

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "For the second straight year, the Browns had a potential franchise quarterback staring them in the face, and they traded down to acquire another first-round pick the following year. Last year, it was Carson Wentz, who was drafted No. 2 by the Eagles, and this year it was Deshaun Watson, who was..." October 13

  • Jamie Collins returns to practice: Cleveland Browns quick hits

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Browns defense is nearly whole again. Top overall pick Myles Garrett returned to the field on Sunday against the Jets. Danny Shelton was back, too. This Sunday, in Houston, linebacker Jamie Collins is expected to return after a few weeks in the league's concussion protocol. He practiced on..." October 12

  • Browns receiver adjust to more “touch” passes from Kevin Hogan

    Pro Football Talk "The Browns have made a quarterback change. And it definitely will be different for the offense. “Every quarterback throws it differently,” receiver Kenny Britt told reporters on Thursday. “[Kevin] Hogan has a little bit more touch. [DeShone] Kizer is going out there and it is a straight..." October 12

  • NFL: No Change To National Anthem Policy

    Pro Football Rumors "Although reports earlier this week indicated that the NFL may force players to stand for the national anthem, the NFL and NFLPA today released a joint statement indicating that the league’s policy has not been altered. “Commissioner Roger Goodell reached out to NFLPA Executive Director..." October 12

  • Hue Jackson doesn’t want to talk about not drafting Deshaun Watson

    Pro Football Talk "The fact that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson remained on the board through 11 picks could get employees from anywhere from one to 11 teams fired, sooner or later. Given that the Browns passed on Watson twice, they’ll be facing even more scrutiny for the failure to select the quarterback they’ll..." October 11

  • Donald Trump keeps the pressure on the NFL over anthem

    Pro Football Talk "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is really trying to move past the national anthem controversy. But President Donald Trump keeps trying to paint him into a corner, in an effort to prove that he’s the most patriotic. Trump’s at it on the Twitter machine again this morning, with more bluster..." October 11

  • Kevin Hogan named Browns starting quarterback "Kevin Hogan will make his first career NFL start Sunday when the Browns face the Texans, Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson announced Wednesday. Hogan takes over for rookie DeShone Kizer, who started the team's first five games. Kizer will serve as the backup to Hogan. “I’ve made the decision..." October 11

  • Roger Goodell Sends Letter to Teams Essentially Saying They Are About to Force Players to Stand for Anthem

    Black Sports Online "The NFL is about to get on their knees for Donald Trump. Donald Trump said there should be a policy in place to force players to stand for anthem. Jerry Jones and other owners have already started the process of threatening the players. Now, Roger Goodell who works for the owners has sent a..." October 11

  • Browns notebook: Defense plans to use Myles Garrett more, welcome Jamie Collins back "The Browns plan to increase the playing time of rookie defensive end Myles Garrett and welcome strongside linebacker Jamie Collins back to the starting lineup. The defense can use all the help it can get as the Browns (0-5) prepare for Sunday’s road game against the Houston Texans (2-3) and..." October 10

  • Browns release Matt McCants with injury designation

    Pro Football Talk "The Browns released offensive lineman Matt McCants from injured reserve with an injury designation. He was placed on the team’s injured reserve list on Aug. 23. McCants injured an ankle against the Giants during the team’s second preseason game Aug. 21. " October 10

  • Browns coach Hue Jackson speaks as if he’ll start Kevin Hogan on Sunday "Kevin Hogan hasn’t been named the 28th starting quarterback of the Browns since 1999, but all signs point to rookie DeShone Kizer staying on the bench. Coach Hue Jackson indicated Monday he’s leaning toward starting Hogan on the road Sunday against the Houston Texans when he explained Kizer..." October 10

  • Josh Gordon details his long struggle with drug abuse

    Pro Football Talk "Suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon says he wants to get himself off drugs and back in the NFL, and during a recent break from in-patient rehab, Gordon discussed the history of his drug abuse. Gordon told Uninterrupted that, contrary to the narrative that the NFL banned him for weed, he has..." October 10

  • Donald Trump takes aim at NFL’s “tax breaks”

    Pro Football Talk "The President of the United States is on the warpath with the NFL again this morning, issuing his usual subtle threats. Donald Trump is using the NFL as a foil in his battle to make himself synonymous with patriotism and the flag, after his strong-arming teams into making guys stand for the..." October 10

  • Myles Garrett's impact felt immediately, even in limited opportunities

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Myles Garrett's second sack on Sunday, the one that tied him for the team lead in sacks for the season, came with a nod to J.R. Smith, the Cavs shooting guard and fan favorite. Garrett, after sacking Jets quarterback Josh McCown, went down on a knee and played the air guitar, Pete..." October 09

  • DeShone Kizer or Kevin Hogan? Hue Jackson will decide by Wednesday

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Browns coach Hue Jackson said Monday he'll "take some time" to decide between DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan for Sunday's game in Houston and beyond, but will decide by Wednesday. He said he'll watch the film again, spend time alone and determine how to proceed. He stressed that he still..." October 09

  • DeShone Kizer will do whatever he can so “I don’t have to sit out”

    Pro Football Talk "The Browns made a quarterback change on Sunday when they pulled DeShone Kizer after a scoreless half and went with Kevin Hogan for the final 30 minutes of a 17-14 loss to the Jets. Kizer was 8-of-17 for 87 yards in the first half and threw an interception on the Jets’ 2-yard-line. He also..." October 09

  • Peyton Manning Could Return To NFL As GM Next Year; Browns, Titans & Rams Options?

    NFL Trade Rumors "Jay Glazer of FOX Sports (per Mike Jurecki) reported earlier this morning that Peyton Manning could return to the NFL as a GM next year. Interestingly enough, Glazer mentioned the Browns, Titans and Rams as three options worth keeping an eye on for Manning. It’s possible that a team could lure..." October 09

  • Hue Jackson will “watch the tape” before naming QB for next week

    Pro Football Talk "The Browns pulled rookie DeShone Kizer at halftime of Sunday’s 17-14 loss to the Jets and they aren’t saying who will start in Houston next Sunday. Coach Hue Jackson said during his postgame press conference that he needs to “go watch the tape” before choosing between Kizer and Kevin Hogan, who..." October 08

  • Kevin Hogan replaces DeShone Kizer for Browns "Hue Jackson is turning to his bench for a spark. The Browns coach has replaced starting quarterback DeShone Kizer with backup Kevin Hogan to start the second half against the New York Jets. The Jets held a 3-0 lead at the start of the second half." October 08

  • Pressure is mounting on Browns

    Pro Football Talk "A history of impatience with coaches, General Managers, and team presidents has caused Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to swing the other way when it comes to the current configuration of the football operation. With the team at 1-19 since 2016 and in grave danger of falling to 1-20 against the..." October 08

  • Why Duke Johnson isn't the Browns' featured back

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Duke Johnson is averaging twice as many yards per carry as Isaiah Crowell, and he's rushed for two touchdowns to Crowell's none. So why isn't he getting a shot as the Browns' featured back? "Like I said the other day, I still believe in Isaiah Crowell,'' coach Hue Jackson said Friday. "Crow is..." October 08

  • No tanks: Joe Thomas warns against losing for QB "Sunday's much-mockable meeting between the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns brings together two forlorn franchises, both of whom are expected to be in contention for the top pick in the 2018 draft, for a game dubbed by five-year-olds as "The Toilet Bowl." (That the Jets are .500 won't taint..." October 07

  • Myles Garrett wants 'a fat guy's touchdown' in debut

    Akron Beacon Journal "One hundred sixty-four days will have passed from the time the Browns drafted defensive end Myles Garrett and his regular-season NFL debut Sunday against the visiting New York Jets. The No. 1 overall pick hopes to commemorate the occasion with a sack. “I’d love to,” he said Friday. “It’s..." October 07

  • Jets not good enough to look past winless Browns, Todd Bowles says

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's not that crazy, as crazy as that may sound. The Jets' matchup this Sunday against the winless, lowly Browns is ... a trap game. Winners of two straight, the Jets are flying high. A victory on Sunday would give them their first winning record since Jan. 1, 2016, and throw one more shot at..." October 06

  • Isaiah Crowell says he stormed out of locker room because he is a ‘sore loser’

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Isaiah Crowell was so mad after Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Bengals that he stormed out of the locker room before the media even walked in. "I didn't even take a shower,'' said Crowell. "I don't like losing. I've always been a sore loser.'' Besides, he didn't even need a shower. "I didn't..." October 06

  • NFL has 'no tolerance for racial comments directed to anyone'

    ESPN "If it is able to identify the person who allegedly shouted a racial slur at Terrelle Pryor on Monday night, the NFL will ban that fan from future games, league spokesman Joe Lockhart said on a conference call Thursday. "We have no tolerance for racial comments directed to anyone," Lockhart..." October 05

  • Sashi Brown: Passing on Deshaun Watson was ‘difficult’

    Larry Brown Sports "For the second straight year, the Cleveland Browns are struggling mightily after passing on a highly-rated quarterback in the NFL Draft. This year, the Browns are dealing with questions as to why they elected to trade down instead of drafting Deshaun Watson, who has been quite impressive for..." October 04

  • Browns' Myles Garrett: 'I am back'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Myles Garrett announced Wednesday that he's ready to roll. But he did it in Spanish. He tweeted "Regrese'' which translates to "I am back'' in Spanish.'' Garrett, who missed the first four games of the season with his high right ankle sprain, practiced Wednesday and is expected to make..." October 04

  • Personal info on nearly 1,200 NFL players and agents exposed in NFLPA database leak

    USA Today "Colin Kaepernick was among 1,133 players and agents whose personal information was exposed due to a misconfigured online database operated by the NFL Players Association, according to an internet security company. Kaepernick, who was the target of death threats last year as he knelt during the..." October 04

  • Josh McCown: Critical for Browns to stick with Hue Jackson

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Jets quarterback Josh McCown, who grew close to coach Hue Jackson during their lone season together last year, believes the Browns have to stick with him despite the 1-19 record of the current regime. "It's critical in my opinion,'' McCown said on a conference call Tuesday. "There has to be..." October 03

  • Anheuser-Busch has no plans to end relationship with NFL despite rumors

    Larry Brown Sports "Anheuser-Busch may have created a recording specifically for people who were calling the company to inquire about its sponsorship of the NFL, but that does not mean the company is considering pulling the plug on one of its most profitable partnerships. Over the weekend, rumors began circulating..." October 03

  • Josh Gordon has not applied for reinstatement

    Larry Brown Sports "There have been rumors swirling about Josh Gordon potentially being reinstated by the NFL in the near future, but the wide receiver has apparently not yet asked the NFL to lift his indefinite suspension. According to a report from Pro Football Talk, Gordon has not applied for..." October 03

  • Hue Jackson says DeShone Kizer ‘played lights out’ vs. Bengals with few exceptions "Believe the game film, not the numbers. That’s the way Browns coach Hue Jackson believes rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer’s performance Sunday in a 31-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals should be viewed. “He played as well as he played all year,” Jackson said Monday. “With the exception of..." October 03

  • Hue Jackson on reported rift with front office: 'That doesn't exist in our building'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Hue Jackson once again denied that the coaching staff and front office are at odds as the rebuilding Browns continue to slide. Before Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Bengals that dropped the Browns to 0-4, CBS Sports Jason LaCanfora reported that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam conducted a conference call..." October 02

  • Ownership call with Browns staff, scouts the latest sign of unrest in Cleveland

    CBS Sports "The fissures between the Browns' personnel staff, led by general manager Sashi Brown, and the coaching staff are no secret around the league, and those fissures continue to take a toll on the organization, This week, ownership felt the need to have a conference call with the scouts and football..." October 01

  • Myles Garrett, Danny Shelton questionable for Browns

    Pro Football Talk "The Browns are getting closer to having defensive end Myles Garrett in the lineup, but it’s still up in the air whether he’ll be making his regular season debut against the Bengals this weekend. Garrett has been listed as questionable after practicing this week for the first time since he hurt..." September 29

  • Hue Jackson warns Browns about reacting to Vontaze Burfict

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Hue Jackson knows Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict as well as anyone and loves his game, but warned his players this week to watch out for a player many consider to be the dirtiest in the NFL. "Coach Jackson addressed that on Wednesday in the team meeting about some of the things that he..." September 29

  • NFL has not approved an automatic ejection rule

    Pro Football Talk "When Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan knocked out Packers receiver Devante Adams with a vicious (and illegal) helmet-to-helmet hit on Thursday, some argued that Trevathan should have been the first player to be sent to the showers under the league’s new rule mandating automatic ejections for..." September 29

  • Owners fret over whether fans will make good on threats to flee

    Pro Football Talk "Football fans routinely do plenty of huffing and puffing, but they rarely blow the house down. This time around, the NFL worries about the house getting blown down. Every year, bad teams emerge and their fans (in most non-California instances) still support them. And even if any given season..." September 29

  • Myles Garrett returns to Cleveland Browns practice "No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett returned to the practice field Thursday for the first time since suffering a high-ankle sprain on Sept. 6. Coach Hue Jackson foreshadowed Garrett's potential return to practice earlier this week. "He's close," Jackson said Wednesday, via Scott Petrak. "I..." September 28