April 19, 2014

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Browns: Free agent center Alex Mack visits Jaguars

The Browns could soon face an expensive decision regarding free agent center Alex Mack. After three-plus quiet weeks to open free agency, Mack visited the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday, according to multiple reports. The news wasn’t welcomed inside Browns headquarters, as general manager Ray Farmer and coach Mike Pettine hope to keep Mack for the Read More…

Indians’ comeback home opener win a memorable one


CLEVELAND — Twenty years later, to the day, another gray-haired southpaw opened the Indians’ home season with a ceremonial first pitch. Mike Hargrove doesn’t have the international clout of his predecessor on the mound — President Bill Clinton — but he’s beloved by Cleveland fans. The Indians celebrated the 20th anniversary of the opening of Read More…

Scott Petrak: Signing young players like Jason Kipnis to long-term contracts proves Indians taking winning seriously

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis smiles during an exhibition baseball game in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

CLEVELAND — The first Indians home win of the season came early Friday morning. Before the 133-minute rain delay that included a half-hour of bright sunshine. Before the offense erupted for seven runs in its last three at-bats. Before starting pitcher Danny Salazar fought through 5⅔ innings and the bullpen slammed the door. Before the Read More…

Browns: Veteran WR Nate Burleson scheduled to visit Saturday

Nate Burleson

The Browns continue to look for help at receiver and aren’t content to wait until the receiver-rich draft. Nate Burleson, an 11-year veteran, is scheduled to make a free agent visit to the Browns on Saturday, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram. FoxSports’ Alex Marvex was first to report the visit, adding Burleson was Read More…

Kevin Costner has high hopes for ‘Draft Day’ as his next classic sports movie

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Kevin Costner knows a thing or two about making a popular sports movie. He believes his latest venture taking the games to the silver screen will be his next home run. Or in this case, his first touchdown. “Draft Day” will be released April 11 with Costner starring as Sonny Weaver Jr., general manager of Read More…

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel has strong showing in front of former president, lots of NFL personnel (but nobody from Browns) in unusual pro day

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel passes the ball during a drill at pro day for NFL football representatives in College Station, Texas, Thursday. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Former President George H.W. Bush watched from a golf cart with his wife, Barbara. Nearly 400 people joined them on the sidelines, including eight NFL general managers and eight head coaches. The object of the attention wore a helmet and shoulder pads for an indoor workout. There were no defenders, but a broom and beanbags. Read More…

Browns Notes: WR Josh Gordon “pretty sure” Cleveland will draft a QB at No. 4

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs. (AP File Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Browns All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon was the star Thursday at ESPN. Well, second to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who had an impressive pro day that was broadcast live on the network. Gordon spent the day at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn., appearing on a variety of TV and radio shows. Gordon was asked repeatedly Read More…

Browns Analysis: GM Ray Farmer off to solid start with moves in free agency

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer answers questions during a news-conference Tuesday in Berea. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Ray Farmer believes in building a roster through the draft. But even though he’s in his first year as a general manager, he’s been around the NFL plenty long enough to know he couldn’t ignore free agency. The Browns had too many holes and too much salary cap space to stand idle in March while Read More…

Browns agree to terms with versatile offensive lineman Paul McQuistan

Paul McQuistan

The Browns brought in a Super Bowl champion Monday to strengthen the offensive line. Eight-year veteran Paul McQuistan agreed to terms on a contract, adding versatility and experience. The deal is for two years and $3 million with $750,000 guaranteed, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported, citing a source. McQuistan, who will turn 31 next month, was a Read More…

Browns: QB Brian Hoyer in good position to stay atop depth chart after Raiders acquire Matt Schaub from Houston

Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub gestures during a news conference Friday at the NFL football team's practice facility in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The persistent Matt Schaub-to-the-Browns rumors fell silent Friday. The Oakland Raiders acquired the veteran quarterback, and his $10 million salary, from the Houston Texans for a sixth-round draft pick. That’s welcome news for North Olmsted native Brian Hoyer, who will more than likely enter the season as the top veteran quarterback on the Browns’ depth Read More…