Browns Rumors & News

  • Johnny Manziel apologizes to Browns, says he's working to earn back trust

    Yahoo! Sports "Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is out of rehab, and he might not be ready to discuss his various difficulties, but he is ready to say he's sorry. In a statement released by Manziel through the team, he said: "I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my..." April 18

  • Report: Browns Knew During Season Manziel Wasn’t Fully Committed

    Black Sports Online "Johnny Manziel left rehab this past Friday after a 10 week stay. According to two Browns players the team was aware that Manziel was not fully committed to the game. Left Tackle Joe Thomas spoke about how last season it was clear that things in Manziel’s life were causing a distraction. Safety..." April 15

  • Report Suggests About 1 in 6 NFL Players Go Broke Within 12 Years of Retiring

    Complex "When the NFL comes back in 2015, and you gaze upon the first 11-on-11 play of the bloodsport's season, know that, statistically speaking, at least three players on that field will be bankrupt soon after they hang up their cleats. According to a new research paper by the National Bureau of Economic..." April 15

  • Joe Thomas says Johnny Manziel must remove doubt that football is his top priority

    Chronicle-Telegram "Joe Thomas applauded Johnny Manziel for checking himself into rehab and spending 10 weeks at the facility, but said he still must show teammates that he’s a changed man. “I think it will be important for him when he comes back to prove to the team, to everybody in the organization that football..." April 15

  • Browns unveil new jerseys for 2015

    Sporting News "The new Browns uniforms leaked on Monday, with a new orange, brown and white style that looked much more aggressive than in years past. Tuesday, we got to see them officially revealed by the team. The team came out with all-white, all-brown and all-orange jerseys (don't let the photo above..." April 14

  • Johnny Manziel Already Back to the Bar Scene?

    Terez Owens "Now that Johnny Manziel has been released from the rehab treatment center he voluntarily entered the big question is will he return to his partying ways. " April 13

  • Browns no longer interested in Sam Bradford

    Bleeding Green Nation "Rumors emerged last week that the Eagles and Browns were discussing a trade. The deal supposedly involved Philadelphia sending Sam Bradford to Cleveland in exchange for Johnny Manziel and a first round draft pick. That rumor was later clarified by a report from Jason Cole who said that the Eagles..." April 13

  • Schedule release likely coming next week

    Pro Football Talk "With the draft only 17 days away and in light of the NFL’s habit of releasing the regular-season schedule before the draft, the window for releasing the 2015 regular-season schedule is getting fairly narrow. The current thinking, per a source with knowledge of the situation, is that the sheet..." April 13

  • Staubach: Manziel has “Russell Wilson-type talent” if he can take care of personal issues

    Pro Football Talk "A Hall of Fame quarterback reportedly believes Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel isn’t a lost cause just yet. In a story published Saturday by USA Today, former Cowboys standout Roger Staubach praised Manziel’s skill level. “If he really truly gets his life back on track, his talent is..." April 12

  • Johnny Manziel released from treatment "This wasn't something to rush for Manziel, who by all accounts wasn't nearly mature enough for the NFL during his first year. The Browns haven't said one way or another whether they remain committed to Manziel for the long haul and reports emerged over the past week that Cleveland is "90..." April 12

  • Housler confident he can provide Browns with much-needed receiving threat at tight end despite those who doubt him

    Akron Beacon Journal "New Browns tight end Rob Housler realizes some people are skeptical about his ability to become a formidable receiving threat in the wake of former Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron leaving Cleveland last month by signing with the Miami Dolphins. But Housler, who joined the Browns by signing a..." April 11

  • Jason Campbell leans toward retirement

    Pro Football Talk "Ten years ago, Washington made quarterback Jason Campbell a first round draft pick. He’s closing in on calling it a career. Per a league source, Campbell has rejected multiple opportunities to sign a contract for 2015, with the Ravens and Bengals among the franchises to which Campbell said..." April 11

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Former #Cardinals TE Rob Housler agreed to terms with the #Browns on a 1-year deal, source said.

  • 2015 NFL preseason schedule announced "Preseason football may be some four months off, but the NFL wants to give you time to get adequately pumped for what amounts to glorified practices. That's right: On Thursday, the league announced the 2015 preseason schedule in all its meaningless glory. Meaningless may be an overstatement; the..." April 09

  • Browns agree to terms with free-agent tight end Rob Housler, according to source

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Browns are adding a play-making tight end to their roster and relieving the pressure of selecting one in the early rounds of the NFL Draft 2015. A league source said the club has agreed in principle to a one-year contract with Rob Housler, who spent his first four seasons with the..." April 09

  • Browns have real interest in moving up for Mariota

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has two types of teams: Those with franchise quarterbacks, and those trying to find a franchise quarterback. Within the latter characterization is a subcategory: Those so desperate to find a franchise quarterback that they’ll do anything to get one however they can and whatever it..." April 09

  • Browns scheduled to host free-agent tight end Rob Housler on Wednesday

    Akron Beacon Journal "Perhaps the Browns won’t wait until the April 30-May 2 NFL Draft to address their dire need for a tight end. Free-agent tight end Rob Housler is scheduled to visit the Browns on Wednesday, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Tuesday night for the Beacon Journal. The person spoke on..." April 08

  • Browns C Alex Mack thinks Johnny Manziel can be long-term answer "Earlier this week, Browns left tackle Joe Thomas said that quarterback Johnny Manziel has a lot of work to do to earn the trust and respect of his teammates. “I think he's going to have to prove to the team that football is important and being the man, being the starting quarterback for the..." April 08

  • Eagles Trying to Trade Bradford for Manziel and Picks in Effort to Draft Mariota

    Complex "Depending on if you're LeSean McCoy or Complex Sports' Deputy Editor, this NFL offseason has convinced you of one of two things: Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is either a no-good troll who views his players with some sort of Darren Rovell-esque anti-humanity, or he's a brilliant man with a real..." April 07

  • Jim O’Neil on Justin Gilbert: It takes time to learn how to play corner in the NFL

    Pro Football Talk "Cornerback Justin Gilbert had a rough rookie year after the Browns made him a first-round pick. There was criticism of his play on the field, his lack of maturity off of it and General Manager Ray Farmer discussing “very personal” issues that also contributed to Gilbert’s struggles. Defensive..." April 06

  • Johnny Manziel's challenge ahead: 'He lost a lot of trust among the guys on the team last year' -- Joe Thomas

    ESPN 850 Cleveland "Almost back: Johnny Manziel reportedly played golf with his dad in Shreveport, LA, on Saturday, fueling speculation that his days in an undisclosed treatment center in Northeast Ohio are coming to an end. Tuesday completes Manziel’s 10th week in rehabilitation for an unspecified substance..." April 06

  • ESPN's Chris Mortensen says Cleveland Browns ready to give up on quarterback Johnny Manziel

    The News-Herald "Chris Mortensen of ESPN, speaking on “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on April 1, indicated the Browns are ready to give up on Johnny Manziel as a wasted first-round draft after just one season. “I think about 90 percent that they have moved on (from Manziel) in their own minds except that they..." April 06

  • Johnny Manziel plays golf but status still unclear

    USA Today "Johnny Manziel showed up in Shreveport to play some golf with his father on Saturday, but that doesn't necessarily mean the beleaguered Cleveland Browns quarterback is done with his rehabilitation. According to a person with knowledge of Manziel's situation, there is an understanding he can..." April 05

  • Haslam admits the Browns deserve some of the criticism "Stung by sarcasm that deems his team amateurish, buffeted by reports of a dysfunctional organization, confused by criticism that catches him by surprise, Jimmy Haslam still has one word to describe his feelings about owning the Cleveland Browns. "A privilege," he said as he sat next to his..." April 05

  • Report: Browns 90 percent moved on from Johnny Manziel "Less than a year ago, a text message from Johnny Manziel (and perhaps some advice from a homeless man) convinced the Browns and owner Jimmy Haslam to trade up to No. 22 and take the Texas A&M quarterback. Now the Browns are reportedly prepared for life after Manziel, who struggled in five games..." April 03

  • Browns DC: 'We're going to stop the run' ... could they target Danny Shelton? "The Cleveland Browns had problems too numerous to list last year, but on defense they had one in particular that could not be overcome: they could not stop the run, not even a little bit. The Browns ranked 31st in rushing defense DVOA, per Football Outsiders, their 4.5 yards per attempt against..." April 02

  • Bengals play prank on Browns "With a "nod to players of the past while looking forward to things to come," the Cincinnati Bengals announced major news Wednesday regarding their logo. It wasn't really "major," per se. But in the spirit of April Fools' Day, the announcement still had the Buckeye State buzzing, and may have..." April 02

  • Bowe vows more TDs: 'Sit back and watch' "Dwayne Bowe wants to go from zero to 15. Touchdowns, that is. Bowe isn't making numerical guarantees, but he knows this: Signing a two-year deal with the Browns sparks plans of "going back to the Dwayne Bowe of 2010," he said. Bowe scored 15 touchdowns in that breakout 2010 season, which..." March 31

  • Johnny Manziel Has Found God in Rehab

    Terez Owens "Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny “Football” Manziel, whose partying habits have been well-documented, has been receiving treatment in rehab for nearly two months. Our inside source tells us he’s due to leave permanently in a few weeks, but more telling about his stint in rehab, is that he will..." March 31

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    WR Miles Austin and the #Eagles have agreed on a one-year deal worth $2.3M base with another $700K available in incentives, source said.

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Browns GM Ray Farmer also expected to be suspended for Text-gate role but Cleveland is not expected to lose a draft pick, per sources.

  • Report: Sam Bradford wouldn’t sign extension with the Browns

    Waiting For Next Year "Another day, another member of the media confirming that it was in fact the Cleveland Browns who offered a first-round draft pick for former St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford was ultimately sent to the Philadelphia Eagles in a deal for quarterback Nick Foles. According to Sports..." March 30

  • Report: Eagles to bring in WR Miles Austin for a visit, sign him if he passes physical "The Eagles will bring in veteran Miles Austin for a visit this week and plan on signing him if he passes the physical, according to the NFL Network. Austin, 30, spent last season with the Cleveland Browns after eight years with the Dallas Cowboys. Austin made the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2010,..." March 30

  • NFL suspends Ray Farmer four games for Textgate

    Pro Football Talk "Browns General Manager Ray Farmer will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for texting coaches during games, in violation of NFL rules. Farmer will be permitted to stay in his current capacity through the rest of the offseason, including working the NFL draft and..." March 30

  • Browns center Alex Mack on cautious rehab plan

    ESPN 850 Cleveland "Alex Mack stands tall inside the Browns’ weight room on a dreary March day, wearing team workout gear and sporting a thick beard. He’s ditched the crutches and the wheeled cart he once used to support a shattered left fibula. He’s looking like a 6-foot-4, 311-pound Pro Bowl center again. And..." March 28

  • Browns' Alex Mack on very cautious rehab schedule "Alex Mack wants to be ready for training camp, but he'd like it much more if he was guaranteed a spot in the season opener. That's the theme of a cautious rehabilitation plan which has been in motion since the Browns' star center broke his leg in October, leaving one of the league's better..." March 27

  • NFL exploring Mexico, Germany and other markets to host games

    SB Nation "The NFL views Mexico, Canada and China as the next markets to focus on as it looks to add more international games to the schedule, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. The league could be considering NFL games in those markets, similar to the International Series that already takes place..." March 27

  • With so much tampering, NFL will struggle to police it all

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged the obvious on Wednesday when he said at the league meeting that multiple teams had dealings before the start of free agency that may have violated the letter of the law. “We want to make sure no teams are gaining an advantage as it relates to free..." March 26

  • Browns, Falcons facing 'severe' punishment for 2014 violations, per report

    SB Nation "The NFL could might lay heavy penalties to Cleveland for "textgate" and Atlanta for piping in fake crowd noise. The Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons got into hot water with the NFL during the 2014 season. Browns GM Ray Farmer illegally texted with coaches during games while the Falcons..." March 26

  • NFL momentum builds to alter extra point for 2015 season

    USA Today "A rules alteration that would inject more excitement into the near-automatic extra point could be adopted for the 2015 NFL season as early as the league's next meeting this May. There was lively discussion among the 32 teams Wednesday about adding significant drama to the mundane point after..." March 25

  • Browns decline 'Hard Knocks' out of worry for Johnny Manziel

    SB Nation "Head coach Mike Pettine said the Browns were looking out for their second-year quarterback when they declined to be filmed by HBO's "Hard Knocks" this summer. The Cleveland Browns won't be participating in HBO's Hard Knocks this summer. The team was considered a front-runner to be the subject..." March 24

  • Manziel expected for April workouts "The Cleveland Browns are expecting Johnny Manziel to participate in offseason workouts beginning April 20 after he completes more than two months of treatment, a source told However, general manager Ray Farmer, while appearing to confirm that plan, emphasized Monday that the final..." March 24

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    Joel Corry @corryjoel

    Dwayne Bowe's 2-year, $12.5M deal with Browns has $9M GTD ($3.5M signing bonus, $2.65M '15 base salary & $2.85M of $6.15M '16 base salary).

  • NFL may let injury spotters stop play during games

    SB Nation "Besides instant replay reform and finding a better definition of a "catch," the NFL's competition committee is busy this week deciding whether to increase the duties of injury spotters in NFL games. The proposal would allow independent medical trainers to watch for possible concussions and stop..." March 23

  • Titans sale getting closer, but don't rule out Haslam swapping Browns "There is a stronger buzz than ever about the Titans being sold, which has long been in the works but has not taken on a greater sense of urgency with the departure of Tommy Smith, who was the defacto acting owner following the passing of patriarch Bud Adams. It's long been known in NFL circles..." March 23

  • The NFL Charged Its Players $400 to Participate in Veteran Combine

    Complex "The NFL's first Veteran Combine took place this weekend. A new addition to the offseason calendar, the Combine seemed like a great idea for older players to get in front of scouts and front office types—a way to balance the scales between the incoming rookie class and the veteran class that'll..." March 23

  • NFL considering Brazil to host 2017 Pro Bowl

    Fox Sports "One of the world's biggest soccer hotbeds could soon host a different type of football event. A source told that Brazil is a viable candidate to host the 2017 Pro Bowl. The all-star exhibition game's future destination is one of the subjects that will be broached during the..." March 23

  • Source: Browns consider TE Rob Housler an option "The Browns' search for tight end help has not proven fruitful in free agency. Top target Charles Clay was transition tagged by Miami, then scored a five-year, $38-million offer sheet from Buffalo. The Browns weren't going to spend that much on Clay, no matter how much they liked him. They..." March 23

  • The threshold for ‘completing a catch to the ground’ in NFL is changing, and Packers prez tells how

    Toronto Sun "The threshold for what constitutes a catch when a receiver falls to the ground is changing, a member of the league’s competition committee told Sun Media on Sunday. In a conference call last week, the committee announced that the controversial “complete-the-catch-to-the-ground” rule will stay,..." March 23

  • Roger Goodell, Unplugged "The MMQB: What’s the lesson you take from easily your most trying year as commissioner? Goodell: I don’t know if you could put one or two … One of the things we always focus on is, What do we learn and how do we get better? I think in this case there were several factors. One is, Do we have the..." March 23

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