September 2, 2014

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Browns take a gamble with unproven defensive end

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Browns general manager Tom Heckert went all-in with defensive end Jayme Mitchell. He had little choice after repeatedly revealing his hand during the offseason. Heckert targeted Mitchell as one of the team’s free agents he wanted to re-sign. They eventually came to an agreement over the weekend on a two-year deal and Mitchell reported to Read More…

Browns add punter, defensive back

The Browns found somebody to punt, at least temporarily. On a day off from practice Wednesday, the Browns tried out punters to replace Reggie Hodges, who suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon Tuesday and will miss the season. They settled on Richmond McGee, who has never kicked in an NFL regular-season game. He was signed by Read More…

Top draft pick Phil Taylor signs deal, ready to play ball for Browns

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BEREA — Top draft pick Phil Taylor ended his training camp holdout Tuesday by signing a four-year, $8.1 million guaranteed contract with the Browns. The defensive tackle from Baylor via Penn State came to an agreement early in the afternoon and officially signed his deal at 6 p.m. He was the eighth and final member Read More…

Browns punter Reggie Hodges tears Achilles, gone for the season

Browns punter Reggie Hodges is in obvious pain Tuesday as he gets help after suffering a season-ending Achilles tendon tear. (CT photo by David Richard.)

BEREA — Browns punter Reggie Hodges’ season is over before it even began. Hodges suffered a torn left Achilles tendon Tuesday morning, crumbling to the grass as soon as he planted his non-kicking foot in the end zone during a special teams drill. The fifth-year pro — and only punter on Cleveland’s 90-man training camp Read More…

Phil Taylor, Browns’ top pick, ends holdout

BEREA – The Browns have agreed to terms with top pick Phil Taylor, the 21st overall selection in the NFL Draft. The defensive tackle from Baylor reported to the team headquarters late Tuesday afternoon, meeting with Cleveland president Mike Holmgren shortly after arriving in Berea. Taylor will officially sign a four-year contract this evening. He was Read More…

Browns: Punter Reggie Hodges out for year with torn Achilles’ tendon

BEREA — Browns punter Reggie Hodges suffered a season-ending, torn left Achilles’ tendon Tuesday at training camp. Hodges took a snap in the end zone during a special teams drill, but fell to the ground as soon as he planted his left, non-kicking foot. The fifth-year pro was unable to put any weight on his Read More…

Pursuing top free agents isn’t the plan, Browns GM Heckert says

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BEREA — Browns general manager Tom Heckert is quick to acknowledge he hasn’t been keeping up with counterparts Howie Roseman and Mike Tannenbaum. While the Eagles and Jets made headlines the last week with multiple big-name free-agent signings and hundreds of millions of dollars spent, Heckert stuck to his plan of fiscal responsibility — take Read More…

Browns: Brodrick Bunkley headed to Denver, not Cleveland

BEREA — Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley isn’t coming to Cleveland, after all. But it’s not because he didn’t want to be a Brown. He was dealt to the Browns on Saturday by the Eagles, reported to Cleveland but didn’t meet all of the conditions of the deal, according to a league source. The trade was Read More…

Browns: Notes and observations from training camp

BEREA – The Browns completed their first practice in pads Monday morning. There were a couple of minor shoving matches, some intense run drills and no serious injuries. In other words, a good first day in pads. “It’s always a little bit sloppier,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “But we seemed to pull through it physically Read More…

Fans get first glimpse of this year’s Browns

Browns cornerback Joe Haden signs autographs Sunday on the second day of training camp in Berea and the first day that was open to the fans. (AP photo.)

Maybe it was the 8:45 a.m. starting time. Perhaps it was the day of the week. Or it could have been fallout from the NFL lockout. Whatever the reason, there was a palpable lack of excitement Sunday when the Browns formally opened training camp in Berea. Though 2,932 people attended the 2½-hour session, they failed Read More…