April 24, 2014

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(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…

Pro Bowl safeties Donte Whitner, Jairus Byrd possibilities for Browns as free agency opens today

safeties

Cleveland could go safety first when free agency opens today at 4 p.m. The Browns have a need at the position with T.J. Ward expected to hit the open market, and they’ve been strongly linked to Pro Bowlers Jairus Byrd and Donte Whitner. Byrd has been connected to the Browns for a while, and Whitner Read More…

Free agency brings hope for Browns … issues, too

If the Browns can land Bills free safety Jairus Byrd, seen sacking Jets QB Geno Smith last season, they may be able to live without T.J. Ward. (AP file photo)

Free agency begins Tuesday at 4 p.m. Negotiations officially started Saturday at noon. Teams were allowed to begin talking to agents about players whose contracts expire Tuesday, but NFL rules stipulate no deals can be reached and teams can’t talk to players who ended last year on other rosters — until Tuesday. The start of Read More…

Report says Ahtyba Rubin could be next Browns player to be let go

Ahtyba Rubin

Defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin could be next to be jettisoned. The Browns reportedly are considering releasing Rubin, who is due to make $6.9 million in 2014, the last year of his four-year, $27.6 million contract. Profootballtalk.com, citing a league source, reported Friday that Rubin “likely will find himself in a salary squeeze under the new Read More…

Browns release LB D’Qwell Jackson, a respected veteran leader, to avoid paying $4 million roster bonus

Cleveland Browns' D'Qwell Jackson tackles New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The numbers didn’t add up for the Browns. Inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson will turn 31 years old early next season and was due a $4 million bonus March 16. So despite having more than $40 million in salary cap space, the Browns released the beloved team leader and defensive signal caller Wednesday afternoon. Jackson was Read More…

Haslam confirms Browns tried to trade for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh

INDIANAPOLIS — The boss confirmed it. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam told USA Today the team tried to trade for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh before hiring Mike Pettine on Jan. 23. “There was an opportunity there, and it didn’t materialize,” Haslam told USA Today Sports on Sunday. Profootballtalk.com reported Friday the Browns nearly traded for Harbaugh, Read More…

Browns Notes: Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins at the top of the charts

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins makes a catch during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS — Sammy Watkins was described as explosive by Browns coach Mike Pettine. Smooth also fits. Watkins, the Clemson receiver who could be in consideration for the Browns with the No. 4 pick in the draft May 8, worked out Sunday for NFL general managers, coaches and scouts inside Lucas Oil Stadium. He’s been billed as Read More…

NFL combine: Louisville’s Bridgewater lives football

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS — Teddy Bridgewater takes “football junkie” to the next level. Coaches crave players who can’t get enough of their sport, and the quality is almost mandatory in a quarterback. Cue Bridgewater and his Xbox. “I eat, sleep and breathe football,” he said this weekend at the scouting combine. “There’s not a moment that goes Read More…

NFL Scouting Combine, Day 4: Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater “eats, sleeps, breathes football,” even when playing video games

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS — Teddy Bridgewater takes “football junkie” to the next level. Coaches crave players who can’t get enough of their sport, and the quality is almost mandatory in a quarterback. Cue Bridgewater and his Xbox. “I eat, sleep and breathe football,” he said this weekend at the scouting combine. “There’s not a moment that goes Read More…

Browns: Harbaugh news doesn’t derail Pettine’s focus

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Pettine responded to the heads-up phone call from the Browns’ director of communications with the appropriate question. “‘How does that affect my tenure as the head coach?’” Pettine recalled Saturday morning at the scouting combine. It didn’t. The Profootballtalk.com report Friday that the Browns nearly traded for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was Read More…