April 21, 2015

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About Scott Petrak

Scott Petrak has been covering the Browns since 2004. He can be reached at 329-7253 or spetrak@chroniclet.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

Browns Notes: Johnny Manziel attends start of offseason program; Tashaun Gipson reportedly skips

Quarterback Johnny Manziel was there. Pro Bowl free safety Tashaun Gipson wasn’t. The Browns’ offseason program began Monday, the first day players were permitted to work out with the team’s strength coaches. Players weren’t available to reporters and the team didn’t release an attendance report, but a source confirmed Manziel participated. It was expected after Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel apologizes to Browns, fans in statement and vows to regain trust, respect

Johnny Manziel took “full responsibility” for his actions, apologized to the Browns organization and fans and vowed to work hard to regain trust and respect in a statement released Friday through the Browns. The nine-sentence statement was Manziel’s first public comment since leaving a treatment facility last week after spending 10 weeks there. Manziel confirmed Read More…

Browns Notes: Joe Thomas says Johnny Manziel must remove doubt that football is his top priority

CLEVELAND — 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 Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns reveal redesigned uniforms to great fanfare

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Jerseys and pants in orange, brown and white give the Browns the chance to be the University of Oregon of the NFL, with nine uniform combinations available. But the ballyhooed uniform redesign revealed Tuesday also made one thing perfectly clear: The team belongs to the city. “Cleveland” in all caps is emblazoned across the chest Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel discharged from rehab facility

Johnny Manziel has taken another step toward rejoining the Browns and restarting his football career. Manziel was discharged from a rehab facility, a league source confirmed Saturday to The Chronicle-Telegram. Manziel, 22, checked himself into a treatment facility Jan. 28, presumably to deal with a substance abuse issue. He spent more than 10 weeks in Read More…

Scott Petrak: Tribe needs big year from Zach McAllister, but right-hander gets off to ragged start in loss in home opener

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ fate this season could hinge on Zach McAllister’s right arm. That looked like a losing proposition Friday during a disappointing home opener played in a stiff wind but under brilliant sunshine. McAllister started, struggled and took the loss in an 8-4 defeat to the despised Detroit Tigers. McAllister didn’t get much Read More…

Browns sign free agent tight end Rob Housler to 1-year deal

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The Browns took a step Thursday toward replacing Jordan Cameron by signing free agent tight end Rob Housler. The one-year deal is reportedly worth $1.76 million with $750,000 guaranteed. Housler, 27, had 105 catches for 1,133 yards (10.8 average) and a touchdown in his four years with the Arizona Cardinals. He was a third-round pick Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns keep draft picks, but GM Ray Farmer suspended 4 games for texting during games

The Browns caught a break. General manager Ray Farmer didn’t, and will be forced to take a league-mandated four-game break to start the season. The NFL handed out punishment Monday following its months-long investigation into gameday text messages sent last season by Farmer. The Browns won’t lose a draft pick, but Farmer will be suspended Read More…

New WR Dwayne Bowe calls Browns ‘perfect situation’ for him, says will take Dawg Pound to ‘next level’

Dwayne Bowe plans to make a difference on the field and in the locker room in his new home. “The Browns were the perfect situation from the fan base to the style of offense and the way I’ll be utilized to help the team go to the next level,” Bowe said Friday in a news Read More…

Scott Petrak: Browns’ search for better QB a good thing

The Browns’ interest in Sam Bradford — ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported they offered the No. 19 pick for him in a trade — makes absolute sense. Their search for a franchise quarterback rages on, and Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, is a better option than anyone on the team’s roster. Bradford has Read More…