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NFL Draft Analysis: Ranking important quarterback qualities as Browns keep searching for long-term answer

Broncos 
Hall of Famer John Elway might be 
the best quarterback of all time. He certainly has most, if not all, of the qualities teams are looking for when they draft a QB.
Elway, the No. 1 pick in 1983, was big, strong, could run, had a huge arm and went to Stanford.
None of the quarterbacks in the draft in May have all the desired traits, but do they have enough of the right ones for the Browns to take a chance at No. 4? (AP FILE PHOTOS)

The Browns have been looking for the long-term answer at quarterback since the day they returned to the NFL in 1999. The fans know all too painfully the list of 20 that began with Tim Couch and is paused on Jason Campbell. No. 19, Brian Hoyer, is the only one who remains on the roster. Read More…

Browns: Chris Pressley wants to prove fullbacks still have place in Cleveland, NFL

Pressley

The Browns went all of last season without a true fullback on the roster. New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan wants to change that. Fullback is a position decreasing in stature and population across the league. Chris Pressley, who was signed Monday by the Browns, wants to change that. “I take it personally that the game Read More…

Browns: Center Alex Mack says he’s happy he’s back in Cleveland, ready to get back to work

Alex Mack

BEREA — Alex Mack is happy to be the highest-paid center in the NFL. Happy the venture into free agency is behind him. Happy to have a long-term contract, and the power to opt out after two years. And, yes, happy to be a Brown. Mack was back at Browns headquarters Monday. He went to Read More…

Browns: Center Alex Mack will be back, as Cleveland acts quickly, keeps him from leaving for Jacksonville

Alex Mack

The angst was unnecessary. The worry wasted. Center Alex Mack isn’t going anywhere. At least for the next two years. After a month of uncertainty with Mack on the free agent market, the Browns quickly ended the drama Friday, announcing they will match the five-year, $42 million offer sheet he signed with Jacksonville earlier in Read More…

Analysis: Browns should act quickly, match offer sheet, keep center Alex Mack

Alex Mack

The numbers are in. Browns free agent center Alex Mack is scheduled to sign a five-year, $42 million offer sheet today with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to multiple reports. It would make him the highest-paid center with an average of $8.4 million a year. The deal includes $18 million over the first two years, and Read More…

(Updated) Report: Center Alex Mack to sign offer sheet with Jacksonville; Browns would have 5 days to match

Alex Mack

Alex Mack wants to leave Cleveland for Jacksonville. Soon it will be up to the Browns whether they choose to block his path. Mack, a free agent center, will sign a five-year offer sheet with the Jaguars by Friday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday. The Browns will then have five days to match because they Read More…

Browns Notes: Coach Mike Pettine says team still deciding if it will add a veteran QB

Cleveland Borwns head coach Mike Pettine answers questions from reporters during the AFC head coaches breakfast at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The Browns addressed nearly every position on the roster in the first month of free agency. Quarterback wasn’t one of them. New general manager Ray Farmer’s only moves at the game’s most important position were releasing Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell, who combined to start 13 games last year. Brian Hoyer, who started the other Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam optimistic center Alex Mack will be in Cleveland a long time, despite visit to Jacksonville

Alex Mack

VALLEY VIEW — The visit with the Jacksonville Jaguars by free agent center Alex Mack hasn’t changed the outlook of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. “We remain optimistic that Alex Mack will be a Cleveland Brown for a long time,” Haslam said Tuesday night before the Cleveland premiere of “Draft Day,” a fictional movie about the Read More…

WR Nate Burleson says Browns are ready to take next step, he’s got plenty left in tank

Nate Burleson

Nate Burleson believes he brings a lot to the Browns – leadership, experience and a 1,000-yard season if healthy. He wouldn’t have come aboard unless he thought they were poised to get over the hump and make a run at the playoffs. “I see them as a team that’s ready to take that next step,” Read More…

Browns: Veteran receiver Nate Burleson agrees to 1-year deal, adds depth, flexibility

Nate Burleson

Nate Burleson came, he saw and he’s staying. The 11-year veteran receiver with 103 starts and 457 catches visited Cleveland on Saturday and agreed to a one-year contract Sunday night, the team announced. Burleson, 32, started eight of nine games last season in Detroit opposite Pro Bowler Calvin Johnson. With the Browns, Burleson (6-foot, 198 Read More…