April 24, 2014

Elyria
Cloudy
47°F
test

Bernie Kosar believes he’s off TV for slurred speech

Bernie Kosar

  CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar believes he’s been unfairly sacked as a TV broadcaster. Kosar has been removed as a color commentator for Cleveland’s preseason games by the team. The Browns said Wednesday night he was being replaced by Solomon Wilcots, who will work with play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan. Kosar contends Read More…

Browns kick off 2014 on the road vs. Steelers

CLEVELAND — New Browns coach Mike Pettine will make his regular-season debut as part of the franchise’s most storied rivalry. Cleveland will kick off its 2014 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sept. 7, marking just the second time it will open on the road since returning to the NFL 15 years Read More…

Johnny Manziel scheduled to meet with Browns today

Johnny Manziel

CLEVELAND — “Johnny Football” and the Browns are continuing their protracted mutual courtship. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is scheduled to spend today at Cleveland’s training facility in Berea, visiting with the franchise’s power brokers, according to a team source. Despite myriad rumors to the contrary, Indians officials said the 6-foot-1, 209-pounder was not in Read More…

2014 NFL Draft: Clearview grad Anthony Hitchens bigger, better, ready for shot at NFL

Iowa linebacker and Clearview graduate Anthony Hitchens catches a ball during a drill at the scouting combine in February. (AP photo)

Anthony Hitchens is one of the best athletes in Clearview High School history. He was a Golden Helmet winner, a three-sport star and drew interest from multiple Division I colleges. But when he left for Iowa City to play for the Hawkeyes, the NFL was light-years — and 40 pounds — away. It’s suddenly around Read More…

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…