Browns Rumors & News

  • DeMaurice Smith: Anthem rule is about exerting control over players

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith says the league’s owners are less interested in showing respect for America than in showing they can control their employees with the new rule requiring players who are on the field for the national anthem to..." May 25

  • Scot McCloughan No Longer With Browns

    Pro Football Rumors "This offseason, new Browns GM John Dorsey brought Scot McCloughan on board as a consultant. But, after a front office shakeup, the former Redskins GM is no longer exclusive to the team, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com writes.  McCloughan, who helped..." May 24

  • Starting Tyrod Taylor would be Browns' best QB decision in 20 years

    Sporting News "The Browns will go into the 2018 NFL season with their 29th starting quarterback in 20 years. For now, given coach Hue Jackson has said it at least three times, Tyrod Taylor is likely to start in Week 1 over Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in the..." May 24

  • Report: NFL owners didn’t actually vote on anthem issue

    Pro Football Talk "Question: When is a unanimous vote not unanimous? Answer: When there’s no vote at all. No, this isn’t a Matrix-style exercise in whether or not there is a spoon. (Then again maybe it is.) It’s an example of the kind of casual white-lying that has..." May 24

  • Tyrod Taylor's reaction to the Browns trying to trade for Nick Foles

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Tyrod Taylor wasn't fazed by the news the Browns tried to trade for Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles before they acquired Taylor in a trade with the Bills. "I'm assuming that at that time I was still with the Buffalo Bills, so that really doesn't affect me," Taylor said..." May 24

  • Trump supports new NFL anthem policy, opposes players staying in locker room

    Pro Football Talk "President Trump has weighed in on the NFL’s new national anthem policy, saying the owners took a step in the right direction — but warning that the rule allowing players to remain in the locker room could be problematic. “I think that’s good,” Trump said..." May 24

  • Mayfield suffers some hard knocks in first open Browns OTA

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "With the Hard Knocks cameras capturing his every move, No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield had a rocky first organized team activities practice open to the media. Mayfield, third on the depth chart behind Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton, threw three interceptions in the 105-minute practice, and..." May 24

  • Duke Johnson “very optimistic” about extension with Browns

    Pro Football Talk "Running back Duke Johnson has spent the last three seasons with the Browns and he’d like to extend his stay in Cleveland a while longer. Johnson is heading into the final year of the four-year deal he signed as a 2015 third-round pick and said on Wednesday, via Pat McManamon of..." May 23

  • New policy requires on-field players, personnel to stand for anthem

    ESPN "NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday. The policy subjects teams to a fine if a..." May 23

  • NFL expected to enact national anthem policy for '18

    NFL.com "The NFL is expected to enact a national anthem policy in 2018 that requires players on the sideline to stand but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they don't want to stand, NFL Network's Judy Battista and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Under the..." May 23

  • 90% of NFL players who filed claims as part of 2013 settlement are waiting on payments, as league alleges fraud

    The Comeback "In 2013, the NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit brought by more than 4,500 players and their families who claimed the league had concealed knowledge about the risk of head injuries. Five years later, a reported 90 percent of former players who..." May 23

  • Report: NFL weighing optional observance of anthem, 15-yard penalty for kneeling

    The Score "The playing of the national anthem and how to handle protests during the anthem are reportedly under heavy discussion at the NFL's spring meetings. Protests dominated headlines during the early portion of the 2017 season, but serious talks about the topic were deferred until..." May 23

  • Browns sign Antonio Callaway, Chad Thomas

    Pro Football Talk "The Browns signed two more draft picks, getting defensive lineman Chad Thomas and receiver Antonio Callaway under contract Tuesday. Cleveland has signed six of its nine draft choices, previously getting offensive lineman Austin Corbett (second round), linebacker Genard Avery (fifth..." May 22

  • Browns sign DeMarquis Gates

    Pro Football Talk "The Browns announced they signed linebacker DeMarquis Gates on Tuesday. Gates is an undrafted rookie out of Mississippi. He made 282 tackles, nine pass breakups, six sacks, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 49 career games at Ole Miss. " May 22

  • Did Eagles decline Browns offer for Nick Foles?

    Newark Star-Ledger "As Eagles returned to practice for OTAs on Tuesday, much of the focus was on the return of Carson Wentz, his first time seeing the field since tearing his ACL last season. It put Nick Foles, the Super Bowl MVP, on the back-burner for a day. Since Foles' spectacular..." May 22

  • Browns defensive end Myles Garrett isn’t interested in leaving the field much this year

    Akron Beacon Journal "Myles Garrett wants to maximize his opportunities to make a game-changing difference for the Browns, and he’s confident he’ll become a fixture in the lineup because he’s healthier and stronger than he was a year ago. “I wanted to get in better condition, so I..." May 22

  • Tyrod Taylor prepared to block out noise about Baker Mayfield

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Tyrod Taylor was in "A Quiet Place" when Browns coach Hue Jackson called to tell him the Browns had just drafted Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall. Literally. He was heading into the critically acclaimed movie in Strongsville when the call came..." May 21

  • Mayfield disagrees with Rosen: Top 10 picks went 'where they're supposed to'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield certainly doesn't want to be considered another Mistake on the Lake. But that's apparently what he is in the eyes of fellow rookie Josh Rosen, who initially said on draft day when he was fell to No. 10 to the Cardinals, "there were nine..." May 21

  • Denver Broncos’ Ring of Fame won’t induct anyone in 2018

    Denver Post "The Broncos’ six-year streak of inducting a person into the team’s Ring of Fame has ended after the committee opted against voting any new members. From 2012-17, 10 former players, coaches and administrators were inducted into the Ring of Fame, including coach Red Miller..." May 19

  • Browns claim Marcell Frazier off waivers

    Pro Football Talk "The Browns are trading cornerback Jamar Taylor to the Cardinals in a move that opens up a spot on their roster. They’ll be filling it with a player recently let go by the Seahawks. Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Browns have claimed defensive end Marcell Frazier off of..." May 18

  • Gambling could renew push for 18-game season

    Pro Football Talk "With the 49 states that currently don’t have sports wagering now able to launch it, the NFL’s word of choice is “integrity.” As sports wagering takes root, the NFL will have another go-to term. “More.” Yes, the dormant push for an expanded..." May 18

  • Browns Trading CB Jamar Taylor To Cardinals

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Browns are finalizing a trade with the Cardinals that will send CB Jamar Taylor to Arizona. According to Rapoport, the trade is expected to be in place after the 4 pm EST deadline on Friday, which means it won’t be..." May 18

  • Baker Mayfield: Hard Knocks “can be good if you handle it right”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Baker Mayfield has already been the star of a nine-part pre-draft series called Behind Baker, but he's eager to peel back the curtain on his career again this summer when the Browns are featured on HBO's Hard Knocks. "For me looking at it, and us as a team, I'd say it..." May 17

  • Cleveland Browns selected for HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks,’ report says

    Fox 8 Cleveland "The Cleveland Browns will be featured on on this season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” ESPN reported on Thursday. The official announcement will come later in the day, according to NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The documentary TV show, which started in 2001, follows..." May 17

  • Browns claim OL Anthony Fabiano and Avery Gennesy via waivers

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Browns have claimed center Anthony Fabiano via waivers from Indianapolis and guard Avery Gennesy via waivers from Jacksonville. To make room, they waived punter Michael Carrizosa, signed as an undrafted free agent on May 4, and offensive lineman Christian Schneider, signed as a..." May 15

  • Baker Mayfield shares plans for his first NFL paycheck

    Larry Brown Sports "How will Baker Mayfield spend his first NFL paycheck? You might think the No. 1 overall pick in the draft would go all-out, but it doesn’t sounds like that is the case. ESPN wrote up a cool story where they shared what NFL rookies will be doing with their newfound money. What..." May 15

  • NFL plans to lobby Congress for a “regulatory framework” for sports betting

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has lost in the judicial branch (even if the NFL actually has won at the every branch of every bank with which it does business). The league now will take the gambling fight to the legislature. In its first statement issued in the aftermath of Monday’s landmark ruling..." May 14

  • Supreme Court strikes down ban on sports betting in victory for New Jersey

    USA Today "New Jersey won a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court Monday that could lead many states to legalize betting on college and professional sports.The justices ruled 7-2 that a 25-year-old federal law that has effectively prohibited sports betting outside Nevada by forcing states..." May 14

  • Browns' Hue Jackson will jump in the lake June 1st for charity

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Hue Jackson is ready to take the 0-16 plunge. He announced Monday that he'll make good on his promise to jump in Lake Erie on June 1st for charity. He'll do so at a private location, and it's reserved for Browns employees only and for members of the media who..." May 14

  • How Chad Pennington is advising Browns No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield to approach his rookie season

    Akron Beacon Journal "As a new mentor of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, Chad Pennington has advice to share with the No. 1 overall draft pick for almost every situation he’ll encounter as a rookie. But Pennington’s main messages boil down to this: Continue to work like an underdog and focus on football instead..." May 14

  • Would Browns trade Corey Coleman?

    Pro Football Talk "With the return of Josh Gordon and the trade for Jarvis Landry and the drafting of Antonio Callaway, the Browns suddenly have a crowded room at the receiver position. Does that make 2016 first-rounder Corey Coleman the odd man out? Perhaps. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer suggests..." May 09

  • Who will be NFL's first $20 million defender? Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack best bets

    USA Today "Quarterbacks aren't the only NFL stars who cash in handsomely. Eventually, a defender — a logical guess would be Los Angeles Rams lineman Aaron Donald — is going to break into the $20 million-per-year pay scale, a stratosphere once reserved for the men with the golden arms. But in today's..." May 09

  • Report: Browns were never taking Saquon Barkley No. 1

    247 Sports "The Cleveland Browns decision at No. 1 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft actually was very simple. It was either take a quarterback or take a quarterback. The quarterback of choice, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, did not become clear until the final hours. Early in the pre-Draft process, it was..." May 08

  • Austin Corbett has filled big shoes at left tackle before; could he do it for the Browns?

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Austin Corbett isn't a stranger to taking over for a good left tackle. Maybe he's never taken over for a future first-ballot Hall-of-Fame left tackle, but he's had big shoes to fill before. Those big shoes, in fact, could line up directly next to him if Corbett ends up starting at left tackle for..." May 08

  • NFL denies Mike James’ request to use marijuana as a painkiller

    Pro Football Talk "Free agent running back Mike James has tried and failed to persuade the NFL to allow him to use marijuana as a painkiller. James told NJ.com that he developed a dependence on prescription painkillers that he took to cope with the aches and pains associated with playing football. His doctor told..." May 08

  • NFL to players in pain: Get hooked on opioids rather than try marijuana

    Newark Star-Ledger "The NFL would rather that Mike James consume powerful opioids to manage his chronic pain, risking addiction, overdose and even death, than use the drug that actually works the best for him. Marijuana. That was the message from the league last month when it rejected his application for a..." May 08

  • Browns claim punter Justin Vogel, waive quarterback Joel Stave

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Browns replaced their rookie minicamp arm with a punter on Monday, claiming Justin Vogel off of waivers from Green Bay. Quarterback Joel Stave, signed last week, was waived. Vogel is in his second NFL season out of Miami. He was an undrafted free agent in 2016 and appeared in every game for..." May 07

  • NFL, NFLPA Settle Rookie Salary Gray Area

    Pro Football Rumors "The standard rookie contract runs for four years, but the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement has only three years remaining. The gap left this year’s draft picks in limbo with regards to their contracts, but the league and the union have worked out a bridge agreement to give cost certainty to..." May 07

  • NFL Reportedly May Make Standing for Anthem a Team-by-Team Choice

    Bleacher Report "The NFL is considering allowing teams to make their own decision whether to require players to stand for the national anthem, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post. Owners are expected to vote on a potential change at this month's upcoming meeting, including a possible league-wide..." May 07

  • Baker Mayfield believed Jets wanted to draft him, according to agent

    Newsday "Baker Mayfield’s agent said on a podcast that the Jets wanted to select the Oklahoma quarterback with the No. 3 pick in last week’s NFL Draft. Jack Mills, who is Mayfield’s agent, also revealed that the Patriots were interested in trading up to No. 2 to select Mayfield if he were available...." May 07

  • Denzel Ward idle with hip flexor and Antonio Callaway suffers toe injury on Day 2 of Browns rookie camp

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Rookie Browns cornerback Denzel Ward sat out the second day of the three-day rookie minicamp practice Saturday with a hip flexor, and fourth-round receiver Antonio Callaway left midway through practice with a toe injury. Ward was idled for precautionary reasons, Jackson said. The severity of..." May 06

  • Browns Sign Rookie Austin Corbett, Two Others

    Pro Football Rumors "The Browns announced that they have signed second-round draft choice Austin Corbett, the first player picked in the second round (No. 33 overall). Cleveland has also signed its two sixth round selections, WR Damion Ratley (No. 175 overall) and CB Simeon Thomas (No. 188 overall). Corbett, a..." May 06

  • Browns sign two after minicamp tryouts

    Pro Football Talk "The Browns added two more players to their roster after this weekend’s rookie minicamp. The team announced that tight end Julian Allen and defensive lineman Lenny Jones have signed contracts after attending the practices on a tryout basis. Allen had 22 catches for 298 yards and a touchdown..." May 06

  • Baker Mayfield getting crash course playing under center with Browns

    Sportress of Blogitude "Now that the the hopeful future for the Cleveland Browns under center has been anointed, the growing pains are set to begin for No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. As it stands, Browns head coach Hue Jackson is standing by Tyrod Taylor as their starting quarterback. It appears that even though..." May 06

  • Antonio Callaway: I won’t let John Dorsey down

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Antonio Callaway grew up in such a rough part of Miami that it's remarkable he's still standing, let alone standing in front of a group of reporters in a Browns uniform. "The worst of the worst,'' he said on day two of Browns rookie minicamp Saturday. "From killing to drug selling to you name..." May 06

  • Hue Jackson: Todd Haley has total autonomy over the Browns’ offense

    Pro Football Talk "Hue Jackson is an offensive coach, and the offense the Browns have run during his first two seasons has been his. Given the Browns’ 1-31 record over those two seasons, it’s probably good news in Cleveland that that’s changing. Jackson said at the Browns’ rookie minicamp on Saturday that new..." May 05

  • Josh Rosen adds twist to bizarre story of Browns exec who met UCLA's volleyball team

    CBS Sports "One of the most bizarre stories that came out after the NFL Draft came last week when Browns executive Alonzo Highsmith was asked about the top quarterbacks in the draft. During an interview with the Canton Repository, Highsmith had some very reasonable explanations for why he liked certain..." May 05

  • Antonio Callaway says he takes responsibility for positive drug test

    ESPN "Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Antonio Callaway said his positive drug test at this year's scouting combine was the result of a dilute sample and that he's taking steps to put his troubled past behind him. "I had a diluted sample," Callaway, the Browns' fourth-round pick in last week's..." May 05

  • Hue Jackson reiterates that Tyrod Taylor is the starter and “that won’t change”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Hue Jackson is determined to keep Baker Mayfield Mania reined in. After the No. 1 pick's first rookie minicamp practice on Friday -- one in which he showed off his accuracy and nimble feet -- Jackson tried to temper the enthusiasm for his prized rookie. "He has a lot of characteristics that..." May 05

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