April 19, 2014

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Browns: WR Andrew Hawkins signs offer sheet; Cleveland must wait to see if Bengals match

Andrew Hawkins

The Browns are in a holding pattern as they try to find a slot receiver, but it looks like they might get their man. Bengals restricted free agent Andrew Hawkins signed his offer sheet with the Browns on Thursday after agreeing to terms Tuesday. The four-year deal can reach $13.1 million and includes a $3.8 Read More…

Browns Notes: TE Jim Dray signs 3-year deal, says he can block and catch

Cardinals tight end Jim Dray celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles last year. Dray signed a three-year deal with the Browns on Thursday. (AP file)

Tight end Jim Dray’s catch total for his first three years in the NFL was seven — three as a rookie, then two and two. Last year he “erupted” for 26 receptions, 215 yards and two touchdowns in his fourth season with Arizona. To him, the reason for the jump was simple. “I was given Read More…

NFL free agency, Day 3: Browns sign tight end Jim Dray

The Browns signed free agent tight end Jim Dray, the team announced this afternoon. Dray (6-foot-5, 255 pounds) had spent his entire four-year career with Arizona after being a seventh-round pick out of Stanford. He has started 18 of 55 games, totaling 33 catches for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Dray, 27, is coming off Read More…

Browns cut QBs Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell, make room for others to be added

Quarterbacks  Brandon Weeden, left, and Jason Campbell were cut Wednesday by the Browns.(AP file photo)

BEREA — Brandon Weeden’s last win with the Browns came Dec. 9, 2012. He turned 30 years old in October. The guys that drafted him with the No. 22 pick were fired two regimes ago. Weeden’s release Wednesday wasn’t shocking. But his fall from first-round pick in 2012 to out of work was stunning for Read More…

Browns Notes: Running back Ben Tate fits, but is he drawing interest from Cleveland?

Texans running back Ben Tate eludes Jaguars linebacker Geno Hayes, center, and safety Johnathan Cyprien during a 2013 game. The Browns may be interested in Tate. (AP file photo)

BEREA — The Browns need a starting running back. Ben Tate is one of the best available in free agency, and has a history in the zone-blocking scheme used by new Cleveland offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. So Tate being linked to the Browns early in free agency makes sense. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Wednesday Read More…

Browns release QB Brandon Weeden, then QB Jason Campbell

Quarterback Brandon Weeden was released by the Browns this afternoon. A few minutes later, quarterback Jason Campbell was released. They combined to start 13 games in 2013, winning one. Weeden was 0-5 as a starter last season and 5-10 in his two years. He was a first-round draft pick in 2012. “First and foremost, the Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns: Free agency updates, Day 2

NFL free agency began Tuesday at 4 p.m. with the start of the new league year. The Browns, with approximately $50 million in salary cap space and plenty of needs, were busy right away, agreeing to deals with strong safety Donte Whitner and inside linebacker Karlos Dansby. The team is expected to announce the moves Read More…

Browns open free agency with focus on defense, agree to deals with Donte Whitner, Karlos Dansby

The Cleveland Browns signed a pair of free agents Tuesday, including San Francisco strong safety Donte Whitner. (AP photo)

Ray Farmer’s first venture into free agency as a general manager started with a heavy emphasis on defense. Free agency began Tuesday afternoon, and the Browns were quick to reach agreements with strong safety and Cleveland native Donte Whitner and inside linebacker Karlos Dansby. The team also reportedly participated in trade talks to acquire All-Pro Read More…

Browns Notes: WR Andrew Hawkins signs offer sheet, but Bengals can match

Andrew Hawkins

The Browns went back to the drawing board in search of a slot receiver and came up with Andrew Hawkins. On the first day of free agency Tuesday, the Browns reached agreement in principle on a four-year deal with Hawkins, a league source confirmed. Hawkins is a restricted free agent, so the Bengals have five Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns reach agreements with S Donte Whitner, LB Karlos Dansby; WR Andrew Hawkins agrees to offer sheet

The Browns wasted no time in beefing up their defense. Just minutes after free agency began this afternoon at 4 o’clock, ESPN reported the Browns had agreed to terms with strong safety Donte Whitner and inside linebacker Karlos Dansby. The team won’t confirm any deals until they’re official. They were the first notable additions under Read More…