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Cleveland Browns Preparing for NFL Texting Penalty

March 27th, 2015 at 7:27 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Browns and general manager Ray Farmer are preparing for a huge penalty flag from the NFL for Farmer sending text messages to the sidelines.

"We don't want people breaking the rules," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. "There are 32 clubs that are going to be operating under the same rules."

According to The Plain Dealer, the Browns and Farmer could be fined, and Farmer may face a suspension. The team could also be penalized draft picks.

The Browns seem to be bracing themselves by adding compensatory picks in the draft when their free agents are signed by other teams.

Most of the Browns' new arrivals have already been cut by their previous teams, so the Browns don't lose a draft pick in those instances.

Ultimately, the Browns aren't going to get anywhere unless they can keep their noses clean and increase the quantity and quality of their draft picks.

This will take longer than one year, so despite the Browns' 7-9 record last year, they are still in rebuilding mode.

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Cleveland Browns Host WR Dwayne Bowe and CB Tramon Willams

March 16th, 2015 at 12:20 PM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Browns have recently hosted wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and cornerback Tramon Williams.

Bowe, 30, has recorded three 1,000-yard seasons in his eight years with the Kansas City Chiefs.

He caught 60 passes for 754 yards last year, but he did not score a touchdown and was cut last week after the Chiefs signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

Cleveland has already signed Brian Hartline from the Dolphins, but the Browns still need more help replacing suspended No. 1 receiver Josh Gordon.

The 32-year-old Williams has spent his entire eight-year career with Green Bay. He intercepted three passes last year and recorded 71 tackles.

Cleveland is interested in Williams to fill the void left by Buster Skrine signing with the New York Jets. The Browns hosted San Francisco cornerback Perrish Cox last week, but he signed with the Tennessee Titans.

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Cleveland Browns Sign WR Brian Hartline, but Lose CB Buster Skrine to New York Jets

March 11th, 2015 at 7:42 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline is coming home to Cleveland, but the Browns will have to replace departing cornerback Buster Skrine.

Skrine signed with the New York Jets, who also welcomed back cornerback Darrelle Revis.

This means that Justin Gilbert or Pierre Desir will compete for the Browns' starting cornerback spot opposite Joe Haden, unless the Browns bring in a veteran free agent like Perrish Cox (49ers), who will reportedly visit the team on Thursday.

Hartline will bolster a wide receiving corps that also includes Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel and Travis Benjamin. Josh Gordon is suspended, and Hartline's arrival means that Miles Austin may not return.

The Browns still need a lot of help at wide receiver in the draft and through free agency.

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Cleveland Browns Sign Quarterback Josh McCown; Will He Start?

February 28th, 2015 at 8:28 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Josh McCown is the newest quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, and fans can expect him to be the starting quarterback.

The 35-year-old McCown was cut last year by the woeful Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he still drew interest from the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets before signing a three-year deal with the Browns.

"He has a great passion for playing the quarterback position and wants to show he can still be successful in this league," head coach Mike Pettine stated.

McCown has a wide-open shot at the starting job. Brian Hoyer is likely to leave the team in free agency. Johnny Manziel has checked himself into rehab. Connor Shaw only has one game of NFL experience.

In a perfect world, the Browns will draft another quarterback in the middle rounds to compete with Manziel and Shaw for the backup jobs. Then hopefully, one of those three quarterbacks will eventually rise up to take the starting job from McCown.

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Mike Pettine ‘Proud’ of Johnny Manziel, but Cleveland Browns Need QB Help from All Sources

February 19th, 2015 at 7:06 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Counting on Johnny Manziel to start for the Cleveland Browns in 2015 would be unwise, so the team is searching for help at the position.

Coach Mike Pettine told reporters at the NFL Combine that the Browns are "proud of the decision (Manziel) made" recently to go into rehab.

However, with Brian Hoyer possibly set to leave the Browns through free agency, the team could find its cupboard nearly bare at the game's most important position.

So should the Browns look for a new quarterback through a trade, free agency or the draft? Yes, yes and yes.

If Hoyer leaves, the Browns should bring in at least three quarterbacks from those sources to battle for the No. 1 and 2 quarterback jobs.

While some fans harbor dreams of Manziel starting for Cleveland in 2015, it would be best for him and the team for Manziel to battle Connor Shaw for the No. 3 quarterback job before expecting anything else from him.

Also, the Browns hired Kevin O'Connell as their quarterback coach yesterday. O'Connell has never coached in high school, college or the pros.

However, the former New England Patriots backup quarterback has tutored Manziel and this year's top quarterback prospect, Marcus Mariota.

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